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Patrick Hughes, b.1939

“Present” Rainbow1978

“Present” Rainbow is one of a large number of rainbow works produced by British artist Patrick Hughes from the 1970s until the mid-1980s. Placed in improbable locations and situations, including on clothes hangers, sticking from letter boxes and rubbish bins, and as in this work, wrapped up as parcels, Hughes’s screenprinted and painted arcs contradict the rainbow’s naturally transient, fleeting state.

MediumGloss paint on hardboard, collage
Dimensions45.8 x 61.3 x 5 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Gordon Lambert Trust, 1992
Item NumberIMMA.255 GL
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Patrick Hughes, “Present” Rainbow, 1978, Gloss paint on hardboard, collage, 45.8 x 61.3 x 5 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Gordon Lambert Trust, 1992

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About the Artist

Patrick Hughes b.1939

British painter Patrick Hughes lives and works in London. A surrealist painter, he is renowned for his works on perspective and is considered the creator of ‘reverspective’. Since his first solo show in 1961 Hughes has exhibited extensively in Europe and the U.S., including solo exhibitions at Park Ryu Sook Gallery, Soeul, Galerie Lélia Mordoch, Paris, Galerie Boisserée, Cologne, and Flowers Central, London. Hughes taught at Leeds College of Art in the 1960s. He is also a designer and writer and has published four books on verbal and visual rhetoric. — View Artist »