Luminous beings are we, not this ... flesh.
Yoda, The Empire Strikes Back
Patrick is an artist who truly loves what he does. He immerses himself in the world around him and ways to capture its joy, its pleasures and those moments that compose the passages of time. He also maintains a sense of the paint itself. The choice of media and colour are always so key in representing the artists world, but these choices and techniques also convey emotion and feeling, and that is what Patrick does with heart and depth. The colour blue is predominant in Patricks work, perhaps because he resides in the Blue Mountains and that dusky landscape inspires him. In art historical terms, the cobalt, ultramarine and light purple were also colours used by the Renaissance painters and they add a sense of light and calm to Patricks work.
Patrick is not only a painter and draftsman, but a poet with several publications under his belt - his artworks express that sense of narrative that pervades the written word. His clever titles add to the tales he tells visually, for example: Ferguson Road (Well, you kept paying me elaborate complements the whole evening). The initial part of each title relates to a place or the artists feelings around a subject; the bracketed component is a quote from The Importance of Being Ernest by Oscar Wilde, an author who thrilled at deconstructing the social mores around him.
These layers of meaning surround the figures that Patrick lovingly depicts ... Read More