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Sean @ Make: Online writes:

Patrick Hughes is a British artist who coined the term ‘reverspective’ to describe his technique of painting a dimensional surface to create an exaggerated 3D effect in his work. The gimmick (which is sort of like the Hollow Face illusion in reverse) combines foreshortening and the fact that his paintings really do extend into the third dimension–just not as much as it seems. If you can’t see one in person, video really helps to understand the effect. Besides this one, shot in the basement of the British Library by Flickr user mariachi2006, there’s a professionally-produced Flash video at Hughes’ website.


Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern (sternlab.org is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).


  • Opsimath and Eremite

    My work often takes me to the British Library, and I always make a point of seeing this picture. Fascinating and exactly right for a library! Thanks for the link to the artist’s other works, too.