Patrick was born in Birmingham, England in October 1939. His first exhibition was in 1961 and his first ‘reverspective’ (an optical illusion on a three-dimensional surface where the parts of the picture which seem farthest away are actually physically the nearest, an art style he invented), Sticking-out Room, was made in 1964. He has been exhibiting with Angela Flowers Gallery (now Flowers Gallery) since 1970.
Hughes' work is concerned with optical and visual illusions, the science of perception and the nature of artistic representation. He has written and collated three books on the visual and verbal rhetoric of the paradox and oxymoron.