a bright blue square with a white 'washing line' drawn across the top. A rainbow, folded in half, is pegged on to the line.

Patrick Hughes, Wet Rainbow, 1979. screenprint. Courtesy the artist

Patrick Hughes, Wet Rainbow, 1979

Artist: Patrick Hughes

Title: Wet Rainbow

Year: 1979

Medium: screenprint

Dimensions: 75 x 57.7

Accession Number: 187

Acquisition info: Purchase.

Hughes work explores perception and illusion. In the 60s and 70s he developed his ‘rainbow’ series “A rainbow is a transitory event composed of water, air and light. I tried to give it a mass, permanence and personality.” He is also well known for inventing the ‘reverspective’ a type of 3D painting or print which offers an optical illusion to a viewer moving past.