Patrick Hughes was born in Birmingham, England. His first exhibition was in 1961 and his first 'reverspective' was made in 1964. He has been exhibiting with Angela Flowers Gallery, London since 1970. He has written and collated three books on visual and verbal rhetoric. His work is included in collections worldwide, including the British Library in London.

The term reverspective has its basis in the science of perception. Hughes works are painted on three dimensional panels that have been crafted in such a manner that the painted image seems to move: coming forward and receding as the viewer walks by. These cleverly constructed and painted works show how the eye can trick the brain into seeing what is not there. Of these works the artist has commented: "I believe they have an experience, unlike any other, in which they see the impossible happen. And I hope that they then think a bit about why that is. If lookers and seers experience the paradoxical and reciprocal relation between parts of the world and themselves, they get a sense of the flow of life."