"... The doors cannot really open and close to disclose and shut down delightful scenes; the rooms and galleries and corridors do not turn around and follow us round the room; there are no Brillo boxes or impossible objects or doll's houses - only empty spaces. Without exaggerating, I must say that Patrick's exaggerations are only matched by the exaggerations of his public, who tell me unbelivable things that are true."
/Patrick Hughes: Multiples - Picassos/
The work of Patrick Hughes is unlike anything I have ever seen. In Picassos, the walls of folded paper seemed to move and change perspective dramatically with the merest tilts of my head. The more I looked, the more there was to see. The more I tried to capture what my eyes could see with my camera, the more it eluded me. I was excited and frustrated in equal measure.
/Patrick Hughes: Multiples - Rolleiflex/
The Rolleiflex above is actually painted into a corner but rather than recede from view - as you would expect - it jumps right out at you. I am absolutely certain that if I were lucky enough to own any of Hughes' masterpieces, I would never tire of looking at it.
You can read a rather fascinating interview with Hughes here.
Katherine Morling's monocrome "sketches" had such an incredible lightness of touch about them.
They are crafted in porcelain and not fabric, paper or card, as I had initially thought.
I love these wood block prints of pieces of wood - on wood - by the very aptly named Richard Woods.
The vibrant pieces below are by Albert Irvin a prolific 90-year-old painter and screenprinter.
A little postcard version of the painting directly above now has pride of place on the inspiration wall in my studio. Who knows what it will become?