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Artist Statement -



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 in each canvas. We are invited to explore their gazes, inward and reflective, as they ruminate upon the lifes experiences Patrick represents, and we are left to ponder their relationship to the fragments of the landscapes and symbolism that fill each canvas. There is an interesting story within a story here that we can play with in our own imaginings. You will see paintings that capture moments of fun, of swimmers gathered together while a woman shimmers before us with memories floating around the compositional space. That is the nature of memory; it is ephemeral, it is present, but it is no longer bold and strong as life is in real time. Patrick conveys this through his short, pastel-toned brush strokes, where the oil paint cleverly mimics the softness of pastel.

Another work plays with the wonder of childhood heroes and villains that still resonate with us as adults – the storm troopers from Star Wars appear and reappear around the central figure, in parts small but solidly represented, but also depicted large and looming in outline. We all have memories from films or books or TV series that made a lasting impression on us. This is also an indication of how much popular culture has influenced the modern world and the way we see it, interact with it and indeed, represent it.


I came to a high place of darkness and light,
The borderline ran through the centre of town
I hitched up my pony to a post on the right ...
We came to the pyramids all embedded in ice,
He said there s a body I m trying to find
If I bring it out it will bring a good price.
It was then that I knew what he had on his mind ..
She said you look different. I said that’s only natural.
She said; do you want to stay? I said: if you want me to?

Isis Desire, Bob Dylan

Written by: Anna Groden, ANG Art Consulting. Email: angartconsulting@gmail.com

Artist Exhibitions




Patrick Hromas - Exhibiting Resume

CONTACT DETAILS

T 02 4751 8279
M 0415 206 910
E cerus@live.com.au A 8 Murray Ave
Springwood NSW 2777

Internet www.absolutearts.com/portfolios/h/hromas
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www.bman.org.au/members-gallery?view=user&id=patrickhromas&usr=238
www.bienart.com.au/Hromas
www.artfiles.com.au/patrickhromas

ABN 26 260 471 096


1973 - Patrick Hromas was born in Hunters Hill, Sydney, Australia. He is a current member of the Blue Mountains Artist Network (BMAN). He continues to work in the Blue Mountains
1990 - HSC, AIIS, where he gained a mark in the top 10 percentile band of 2 Unit Art for all NSW students
1995 - Exchange student at Ecole National Superieure des Beaux-Arts (ENSBA), France
1996 - Bachelor of Art (Visual), CSA, Australian National University
2000 - Figure Drawing, Royal Art Society of NSW


AWARDS


2015 - Highly Commended for a painting. Autumn at the Edge Exhibition, The Blue Mountains Artist Network (BMAN), United Cinemas, Katoomba, NSW

2006 - Commended in the section of Linear Drawing. Castle Hill and Hills District Agricultural Society Inc, Castle Hill, NSW

1999 - 1st Prize Poetry Section, Access All Areas NSW Touring Exhibition, Nowra Town Hall, Nowra, NSW

1997 - Commended for a watercolour. SFNSW Art Show, Delmar Art Gallery, Ashton, NSW


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015
Mis en Scene, Salerno Gallery, Glebe, NSW

2006
The Piebald Horse, Squiggle Graphix Gallery, Plus Coffee T-House, Glebe, NSW

2004
Film Still Series, Light of India Restaurant, Gladesville, NSW

2001
Six White Horses, An ART PORT Event, First Draft Gallery, Surry Hills, NSW

1999
"The Mare of St Agatha" and "Voice Horse as Metis in Zeus", The Artists Way Cafe, Glebe, NSW

1998
Pawing the Plethora, Kulture Shop, Bronte, NSW

1996
Child of Equus, Studio One Gallery, Kingston, ACT



GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015
Spring at The Edge, The Edge, United Cinemas, Katoomba
Autumn at The Edge, The Edge Cinema, Katoomba

2014
Autumn at The Edge, The Edge Cinema, Katoomba

2013
Summer at The Edge, The Edge Cinema, Katoomba, NSW
Sample, Department of Fair Trade, Parramatta, NSW

2012
XPRESS, Gallery 172, Mount Riverview, NSW
Sample, OIFCAA Exhibition, Department of Fair Trade, Parramatta, NSW

2011
OIFCAA Wentworth Falls TAFE Library Exhibition, Wentworth Falls TAFE, Wentworth Falls, NSW
Bent Art Prize Exhibition, Wentworth Falls School of Art, Wentworth, NSW
Motley Works, Braemar Gallery, Springwood, NSW

2010
Beyond the surface of the page, Marian Newman Gallery, Crows Nest, NSW
Springwood Art Show, Springwood High School, Falconbridge, NSW

2008
Equine Art Prize, Melbourne Royal Showground, Ascot Vale, VIC
APHID<5, Multidiscipline exhibition, St Peters, NSW
The Nude, Marianne Newman Gallery, Crows Nest, NSW
Castle Hill Show Art Exhibition, Castle Hill Showground, Castle Hill, NSW

2007
Northbridge Art Prize, Gallery 501, Northbridge, NSW
Willoughby Art Prize, Willoughby Civic Centre, Chatswood, NSW
APHID Party <3, Multidiscipline exhibition, UM Records, Bronte, NSW

2006
APHID Party, Multidiscipline exhibition, UM Records, Bronte, NSW
Castle Hill Show Art Exhibition, Castle Hill Showground, Castle Hill, NSW

2005
Christmas Show, Rex Livingston Art Dealer, Surry Hills, NSW
Affordable Art at Christmas, Gallery Oscar, Pymble, NSW
Castle Hills Craft and Art Market, Castle Hill, Sydney
45th Art Exhibition City of Ryde Art Society, North Ryde, NSW
20th Waverley Art Prize Waverley Woollahra Arts Centre, Bondi, NSW
Real Refuses, TAP Gallery, Paddington, NSW

2004
Group Show, Gallery Oscar, Pymble, NSW
Walk the Street Exhibition, Nu+Nan Fashion, Newtown, NSW

2003
Messages, An ART PORT Event, Bent Space, Camperdown, NSW
Rex-Livingston Contemporary Stall - Affordable Art Show, Fox Studios, Moore Park, NSW

2000
Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Exhibition Council Chambers, Lane Cove, NSW

1999
Access All Areas NSW Touring Exhibition, Parramatta Town Hall, Parramatta, NSW

1998
Lloyd Rees Youth Art Exhibition, Council Chambers, Lane Cove, NSW
SFNSW Art Show, Delmar Art Gallery, Ashfield NSW

1997
Autumn Group Show, TAP Gallery, Paddington, Sydney

1996
Return to the White Palace - Graduate Exhibition, CSA, Acton, ACT
Student Drawing Award Exhibition, CSA Gallery, Acton, ACT
Fragile Objects; Artists Books & Ltd Editions, National Library of Australia, Parkes, ACT
Cyberspace, CSA Gallery, Acton, ACT


COLLECTIONS - ART AND POETRY

2013
A Treasury of Laughter and Forgetting, pages 113-130, poetry book. Hornsby Shire Library, Hornsby, NSW

2013
A Treasury of Laughter and Forgetting, pages 113-130, poetry book. Penrith Council Library, Penrith, NSW

2013
A Treasury of Laughter and Forgetting, pages 113-130, poetry book. Springwood Library, Springwood, NSW

2013
Cannis XII, watercolour painting. 4 Paws Here, Emu Plains, NSW

2012
A Treasury of Laughter and Forgetting, pages 113-130, poetry book. Australian National Library, Parkes, ACT

2011
A Treasury of Laughter and Forgetting, pages 113-130, poetry book. Mitchell Library, Sydney, NSW

2010, 2009
Pepper and Wags, Soulk and Casbah, drawings. Private collection, Faulconbridge, NSW, Australia

2008
When You're Strange, Nimes Speaks, Animal Intelligence II: paintings and a drawing. Private collection, East Lindfield, NSW

2005
The Imprint of Ganymede, drawing. Australian Alpine Club, Perisher Heutte Ltd., Perisher
Valley, NSW

2004
Mummified Head, drawing. Museum of Ancient Cultures, Macquarie University, North Ryde, NSW

2000
Orpheus and Euridice, donation of drawing. WIRES Benefit Ball - Auction, Terry Hills, NSW

1999
Love of my Life, donation of painting. Camperdown Youth Centre, Camperdown, NSW

1998
The Penknife, poem. The Spectrum, Sydney Morning Herald

1996
Orpheus (with Vladimir Holan), Letterpress book with 7 paper bound copies. Australian National University Library, Acton, ACT


MEDIA REPRESENTATION

August, 2015
Profile on AskArts.com, including Australian auction listings for two paintings.
http://www.askart.com/artist/Patrick_Hromas/11259181/Patrick_Hromas.aspx

7th June, 2015
Government sends shock waves through the arts in Western Sydney. Photograph of "La Nuit/Du Jour" as a protest placard, at <freethearts, a protest against the plans of Senator George Brandis.
https://westsydneyfront.wordpress.com/2015/06/08/governments-send-shock-waves-through-the-arts-in-western-sydney/

26th February, 2015
Two paintings: La Nuit/Du Jour and Ferguson Road, listed in Fine Decorative Arts + Jewellery + Fine Art - Sale 8057, Lawsons Auctioneers Online Catalogue.
http://www.lawsons.com.au/asp/fullCatalogue.asp?salelot=8057+++++534+&refno=31146046&saletype=P
http://www.lawsons.com.au/asp/fullCatalogue.asp?salelot=8057+++++572+&refno=31146054&saletype=P

December, 2014
A Journey from the South of France to Springwood, by Damien Madigan. Food, Arts and Entertainment. The Springwood Gazette, Fairfax Media, page 25. Wednesday 23rd edition.
http://magresources.f2.com.au/bmg/files/html5/index.html

November, 2014
A Journey of Discovery, by David Fitzsimons. Part of the BMAN Arts Trail on 29-30/11/14. Best Weekend Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Saturday 22nd edition.
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au

April, 2012
Using art to repay the joy of mountains, by Mercedes Maguire. Page 18,
The Daily Telegraph, Wednesday 30th edition.
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au

December, 2012
Sun Shower, selected poems from 1990 - 2012. Patrick Hromas
http://www.amazon.com/Sun-Shower-ebook/dp/B00ADYQE26/

October, 2012
Long Tan Bridge, painting. ATO Commissioners Art Competition, Online/PDF Exhibition, ATO intranet, Nationwide

December, 2011
Sample, OIFCAA Wentworth Falls TAFE Library Exhibition, Motley Works. Group exhibitions, including the artists works, as a former member of OIFCAA, Springwood branch, in blog format
http://www.oifcaa.blogspot.com.au/

October, 2011
Enfant Naturale. Autobiography by Patrick Hromas. The Mountains Blueberry. Sept/Oct 2011 edition
http://content.yudu.com/Library/A1u8wg/BlueberrySeptOct2011/

February, 2010
Athena’s magical arrow with Voice Horse and birth scene. Photograph of drawing features in the online article INTERVIEW:IMPERIAL NESTING, in the design magazine yellowtrace
http://yellowtrace.com.au/blog/2010/03/12/interview-imperial-nesting/

May, 2010
The Refraction of Equus. Poem published in the liner notes of EQUUS: Grand Vehicule a contemporary album by Olivier Capparos & Lionel Marchetti, France
http://pogus.com

March, 2007
Seven poems from 1990 – 1993: The Child of Equus. Published in What the eye sees, hears the body – 2007, Lampe-Tempete; an online French poetry revue magazine
http://www.lampe-tempete.fr/Equus.html

Sept. 16, 2006
The Victory of Telchine over Poseidon. Drawing discussed in Q&A: Reclaiming Imagination: Conference: For Mathew and Others recorded by ABC Radio National at the College of Fine Art, UNSW, Paddington, NSW

March 8, 2006
The Piebald Horse solo exhibition: From horses to myths. Review published in Stepping Out section, Northern District Times, Epping, NSW

June 27, 2006
Demographic. Mixed media work. Auction Catalogue: Australian and International Fine Art Cromwell's, Cromwell's Auction Group, Pyrmont, NSW...

Artist Publications



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Artist Collections



COLLECTIONS

2009-10 Louise Willis Art Collection, Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia

2008 The Battersby-Bromley Art Collection,
East Lindfield,NSW, Australia
Donation of a painting: When You're Strange, 2004

2005 Australian Alpine Club, Perisher Heutte Ltd.,
Church Point, NSW, Australia
Donation of a drawing: The Imprint of Ganymede, 1999

2004 Macquarie University, Museum of Ancient Cultures,
North Ryde, NSW, Australia
Donation of drawing: Mummified Head, 2004

2001 Individuals in Australia, India and Japan

2000 WIRES (Wildlife Information, Rehabilitation and
Emergency Service) Benefit Ball - Auction,
Terry Hills, NSW, Australia
Donation of drawing: Orpheus and Euridice, 2000

1999 Camperdown Youth Centre, Camperdown, NSW, Australia
Donation of painting: Love of my Life - dedicated to
Freddie Mercury, 1999

1996 The Australian National Library, Canberra, ACT, Australia
Donation of artist's typeset, unbound book with etchings
by the artist: Untitled, with poem by Vladimir Hollar, 1996

1996 The Australian National Library, Canberra, ACT, Australia
Group instilation sculpture: Head, 1995...

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