Statement 2018

Patrick’s practice explores ideas prompted by either an image, a book, an artwork or a significant personal experience where he sees multiple layers of meaning and depth to investigate through his artworks. He works in series and in a range of media from paint, screen print, ink, graphite and charcoal.

His current body of work explores themes of emotional architecture, memory and domestic monoliths and the poetics of space. Focusing on the formal elements of edges/shapes/tone his visual language has developed from a visit to the Jewish Museum in Berlin in 2016 where the Holocaust Tower made a deep impression on his practice – a dank, claustrophobic and light - deprived space. Acute wall planes shooting up to a slither of light and freedom. A charcoal tower. This prompted a year of working in charcoals, developing his austere and sombre compositions in response to significant research imagery with a nod to his interest in Suprematist and Modernist 2D graphic concerns, with particular reference to the original corner hang of Malevich's iconic Black Square painting with his recent mixed media installation piece 'Floor to Ceiling' in the H_A_R_D_P_A_I_N_T_N_G  exhibition.  He also relishes the challenge of transforming and applying the traditionally dirty medium of charcoal into precisely rendered abstract compositions.

Currently combining charcoal and acrylic paint, his mixed media paintings here have evolved from compositions developed from various corners and spatial transitions within the domestic environs of his father’s house, part of a continued investigation into the perception of two-dimensional space and three-dimensional form, hovering somewhere between the two.

Awards:

Arts Council, 2003
Public Art
Brighton Blow Commission Winner 2012 - 2013 with Portrait of the Artist - the
face behind the façade. Phoenix Arts Association, Brighton.

Curating

2018 H_A_R_D_P_A_I_N_T_I_N_G, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton                        2014 20 Painters, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton                                                        2014 A3, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton,                                                                    2013 32 Paintings, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton

Solo Exhibitions

2016 Retreating Light, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton
2015 'Wavelengths', The Education Centre, Homerton University Hospital, London.
2010 ‘Excavations’, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton
2010 ‘You Make Me Gay’, The Oriental Hotel, Brighton

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018  Hartggerston, The Barge House, London                                                          2018  Phoenix Studios Members Exhibition, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton              2018  H_A_R_D_P_A_I_N_T_I_N_G, Phoenix Gallery,  Brighton,                      2017  Sussex Open, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne                                                2017  Via Arts Prize, Embassy of Brazil, London                                                  2017  Present Tense, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton                                                  2017  Glasgow Contemporary Art Fair, with Frickleton Fine Art                                  2016  Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London                                                    2016  East Sussex Open, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne
2016  Festival Show, Naked Eye Gallery, Hove                                                          2016  Contemporary Retrospective, Gallery 40, Brighton
2015  Framing Fictions, Harts Lane Gallery, New Cross, London
2014  Four, Hop Gallery, Lewes
2013  Together, Occupy My Time Gallery, Deptford, London
2013  Mid Summer Night’s Dream, Alex McArthur Antiques, Brighton
2013  32 Paintings, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton
2012  Revelations, Group 5 @ Naked Eye Gallery, Hove
2012  New Works, Naked Eye Gallery, Hove
2011  Brave New Worlds: Utopias/Dystopias, Riverside Gallery, Richmond
2011  North and South, Naked Eye Gallery, Hove
2009  Gallery 100, Brighton
2008  Blenheim Crescent Gallery, London
2008  Affordable Art Fair, London
2007  Chase Exhibition, RCA, London
2007  Hicks Gallery, London
2005  Hackney Empire, London
2005  Hicks Gallery, London
2004  Thebes Gallery. Lewes
2004  Hilton Mayfair Hotel, London
2003  City College Gallery, Brighton
2003  Royal Society of Artists, London
2003  Fresh Art, Islington, London
2003  Gallery 100, Brighton
2002  Brighton College Gallery, Brighton
2001  American Express House, Brighton