It’s probably an architect thing, but I’ve always loved the three dimension optical illusions of Patrick Hughes, more so when I used to stay the Radisson Hotel in Argyle Street in Glasgow which had several of his works hanging on the walls across the bars and public areas. His latest works are on show at the Flowers Gallery in Cork Street, Mayfair as he has moved from architecture (most commonly in Venice) to art galleries and, now, libraries full of art books. The principle is astonishingly simple when you think about it, but Patrick Hughes achieves astonishing optical illusions that change and make you dizzy as you walk round them If anyone is an architects’ artist then it is Patrick.
"The many great gardens of the world, of literature and poetry, of painting and music, of religion and architecture, all make the point as clear as possible: The soul cannot thrive in the absence of a garden. If you don't want paradise, you are not human; and if you are not human, you don't have a soul."
To be an architect means having a wide range of interests - architecture, art and creativity in all its variety of forms, sustainability, science and innovation. The greatest interest is often where these different worlds overlap and collide - that is when something imaginative often occurs that pushes us all forward to another place
"Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless; peacocks and lilies for example"
I hope to showcase contemporary design and innovation, including architecture, art, design, science, technology and sustainability, to those searching for architecture, design and art inspiration to create beauty. I hope you enjoy it and will contribute to it.
- Architects created a Gingerbread City of the Future at the V&A
- Beautiful art in paper from white orchestrations to colourful kites at Japan House
- Ceal Floyer and Rodney Graham at the Lisson Gallery
- Leon Polk Smith and Dan Graham at the Lisson Gallery in Bell Street
- Local and international art in the new extended Tate St Ives
- Continuing Edward Leach’s influence into the 21st century: the Leach Pottery in St Ives
- Barbara Hepworth’s studio and sculptures in St Ives
- Chinese and Western Pop Cultures clash: Jacky Tsai at Unit London
- A clean clinical world of the future: Tamsin Snow at Block 336
- Exploring Photography in the Internet Age at the Photographers Gallery
- Connections and Identity: Chiharu Shiota and Jonas Burgert at Blain Southern
- Four centuries of silverware: Made for the table at Osterley House
- Contemporary art in the baroque Collerodo-Mansfeld Palace in Prague
- Stock Exchange, Parliament, Radio Free Europe and Museum: The New Museum in Prague
- Mousieur Gaugain: The fascination of Brittany for Czech artists
- Transforming Geometry at the Municipal Library in Prague
- Frantisek Kupka at the Wallenstein Riding School in Prague
- The 14th century development of Prague: Charles IV at the House of the Golden Ring
- Architectural and Design Innovation in the 1900′s with Czech Cubism
- The best of Czech design at the refurbished Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague
- Leon Polk Smith and Dan Graham at the Lisson Gallery in Bell Street on It’s Frieze London again, but Frieze Sculpture has been here throughout the summer sunshine
- Ian Caldwell on Victor Horta’s Maison du Peuple provides the inspiration for the Horta Grand Café and Art Nouveau Salon in Antwerp
- Ian Caldwell on The Environmental Photographer of the Year competition at the Royal Geographical Society in London
- Joseph Sim on The Environmental Photographer of the Year competition at the Royal Geographical Society in London
- Barbara Hepworth on The legacy of Henry Moore at the Henry Moore Studios and Gardens