Preview: Patrick Hughes retrospective

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The Independent Culture

A major retrospective celebrating the work of Patrick Hughes, dubbed the 'godfather' of UK surrealists, is to be unveiled this summer.

Fifty years after his first exhibition, Patrick Hughes remains one of the UK's most popular artists. After having held his first exhibition aged just 21, Hughes became best known for his bold, iconic images, and flirtation with optical illusions.

'Patrick Hughes: 50 years in show business' is on display at Flowers Gallery, London, from 14 July until 3 September.

Born in Birmingham in 1939, Hughes went on to teach at the Leeds College of Art before becoming an independent artist. His unforgettable rainbow series, best known as postcards, have sold millions of copies, and his early works continue to excite. Hughes has also written and collated three books on visual verbal rhetoric.

The retrospective exhibition includes works on loans from private and public collections, as well as early works especially re-made for the exhibition. Visitors can lose themselves in Hughes' three-dimensional Reverspective images, and experience the visual effect of constant movement that his artwork evokes.

The exhibition will be on display at Flowers Gallery, 82 Kingsland Road London. To find out more, visit