Brian Smith

Rainbows were Hughes’ major theme for a while; rainbows in a dustbin, wrapped up as a present, and leaning on the sky. There are other themes: space, light, perspective and the vicious circle. Each picture is illustrated in colour, except the black and white ones. An introductory essay by Brian Smith and pertinent remarks by the artist himself accompany the images. Journey through this book: through the door of the sticking-out room, to the other end of infinity, to a place of solid darkness and leaning suns, where the past and the future meet, when there is nothing to fear but fear itself and confetti falls like rain, where the rainbow is both grey and straight; and go Behind the Rainbow.

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • First published by: Paradox Publishing Ltd, London 1983
  • ISBN: 978-0-946-80000-1

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