OCT 5, 2016 – NOV 5, 2016

Stairs to the Stars is constructed from a succession of horizontal trapezoids portraying a perspectival view of a staircase, inviting the viewer to enter the scene while also making reference to the visual conundrums of Escher’s ‘impossible’ constructions. Light is the Shadow of God derives from a quote by Sir Thomas Browne in his essay The Garden of Cyrus (1658) “The sun itself is but the dark simulacrum and light but the shadow of God.” In this painting, Hughes acknowledges the importance of light in the works of Giorgio de Chirico, Edward Hopper and René Magritte. A more playful approach to Hughes’ perceptual enquiry can be located within the painting Smoking Spaceman, in which the viewer is presented with an image of a popular child’s toy alongside its own painted likeness on the box. Alongside the new subject matter, Hughes returns to several longrunning themes, including the cityscape of Venice, with its enduring ‘pop’ appeal - being, as he has determined, both endlessly reproduced and reproducible.

Flowers Gallery, 21 Cork Street, London W1S 3LZ