Patrick is a visual artist who was born in Sydney in 1973, and grew up in Hunters Hill. He has been making art ever since he can remember, drawing the Hunters Hill Post Office when I was 13, “built in 1891 as designed by the government architect, Walter Liberty Vernon, in Queen Anne Style”. Patrick graduated from the Canberra School of Art, Australian National University, in 1996.
He enjoyed an enriching experience as a student exchange recipient with Ecole Nationalé Superieur des Beaux Artes for five months in 1995/6. I suffered from a mental health problem after being hospitalised in Nîmes in the South of France. Now Patrick has largely overcome that health issue, he draws in pastels or conté, paints in oil colours and occasionally watercolours.
Patrick has shown his artworks in seven solo shows and 48 group exhibitions, as far west as Kingston in the ACT, as far north as Pymble in NSW, as far east as Bronte and far south as Action in the Australian Capital Territory.
As a member of the Blue Mountains Community Arts Network, Patrick was invited to exhibit his painting: “Macquarie Road (Why should you be different from other men? I am told that there is hardly a husband in London who does not waste his life over some shameful passion.)” in the group exhibition: Infinities of Blue, in the Fountain Court at Parliament House of New South Wales. Most notably, one of Patricks hand printed, hand typeset artists books is in the collection of the Australian National University Library, Acton, ACT.
Patrick adores to draw sitters’ portraits in pastel or conté generally from .jpegs, adding a background image from their favourite holiday happy snaps. Conté is a hard, waxy stick like crayon and is virtually indelible once applied to fine art paper. Patrick only uses archival quality materials throughout his practice. He is also a registered NSW eco-aware artist.
Patrick constructs, using Photoshop, mock-ups for the collages or oil paintings by scavenging imagery as a Postmodern surrealist, from a variety of sources. Patrick then goes about weaving the figures in the .jpeg image and further teasing out forms, colours and compositions, painting the final work from his iMac screen. Only when the balance between these elements and an even an absence or obscurification of image is reached, so to let the eye rest, as instinct or aesthetics demand, is the painting complete.
Fishers Ghost Art Award Exhibition, Now until 10 December 2021, Campbelltown Arts Centre, 1 Art Gallery Road, Campbelltown NSW, Gallery Hours Monday - Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm.
*Braemar Gallery Volunteers 2021 Exhibition, Group Art Exhibition. 9 December 2021 - 16 January 2022, Braemar Gallery, 104 Macquarie Road, Springwood NSW 2777, Gallery hours: Thurs - Sun, 10am - 4pm, closed on Public Holidays.