New York, b.1953

Nick Patten

Artist Statement


Settling on a composition for one of my room interior paintings is a progressive process. I pick and choose the most interesting and necessary elements from an array of photographs, often adding items from my imagination.

Light & Dark is a primary focus of my painting, with particular attention to brush stroke and gradation in the darkest areas. Through working from photographs with the aim of creating believable paintings, I strive to bring a quiet drama to everyday scenes.

My paintings are never intended to be “photographic.” In part, my aim is to make paintings where the content of the image is most compelling, and how the painting was made is secondary. In a sense, attempting to make the work exceed the medium, my goal is to...

learn more about this artist

Biography

Artist Statement


Settling on a composition for one of my room interior paintings is a progressive process. I pick and choose the most interesting and necessary elements from an array of photographs, often adding items from my imagination.

Light & Dark is a primary focus of my painting, with particular attention to brush stroke and gradation in the darkest areas. Through working from photographs with the aim of creating believable paintings, I strive to bring a quiet drama to everyday scenes.

My paintings are never intended to be “photographic.” In part, my aim is to make paintings where the content of the image is most compelling, and how the painting was made is secondary. In a sense, attempting to make the work exceed the medium, my goal is to be able to paint what I want to see.

Artworks

9

Flat Iron, 2018

Related Categories

21st Century Art / American Art / Art of the 2010s / Contemporary American Art / Dark and Turbid Colors / Domestic Objects / Domestic Scenes / Interior Spaces / Light and Darkness / Light/Lightings / New York / Oil on Panel / Oil Paint / Oil Painting / Painting / Panel / Photographic Painting / Photography / Realism / Realist Painting / Reality and Fantasy/Illusion/Imagination / Stairs / Still Life / United States

Curriculum Vitae

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2018

    George Billis Gallery, New York, NY

  • Rice Polak Gallery, Provincetown MA

  • 2016

    Rice/Polak Gallery, Provincetown MA

Group Exhibitions

  • 2016

    From realism to abstraction, Mason Fine Art, Atlanta, GA.

  • 2012

    Upstate Artists, The Laffer Gallery Schuylerville, NY

  • 2011

    American Realists, The Harrison Gallery, Williamstown, MA

Grants & Awards

  • 2012

    Best in Show, The Laffer Gallery "Upstate Artists," Schuylerville, NY

view full CV

Curriculum Vitae

The artist CV shows the details after 2000s.
To access the artist’s full CV, please click the download button at the end.

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2018

    George Billis Gallery, New York, NY

  • Rice Polak Gallery, Provincetown MA

  • 2016

    Rice/Polak Gallery, Provincetown MA

  • 2014

    Rice/Polak Gallery, Provincetown MA

  • 2013

    The Laffer Gallery, Schuylerville, NY

  • 2011

    The Harrison Gallery, Williamstown, MA

  • Addison Art Gallery, Orleans, MA

  • 2010

    The Harrison Gallery, Williamstown, MA

  • Addison Art Gallery, Orleans, MA

  • 2009

    Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA

  • The Harrison Gallery, Williamstown, MA

  • 2008

    The Harrison Gallery, Williamstown, MA

  • Rice/Polak Gallery, Provincetown, MA

  • 2006

    The Harrison Gallery, Williamstown, MA

  • Rice/Polak Gallery, Provincetown, MA

  • 2004

    Rice/Polak Gallery, Provincetown, MA

  • 2001

    Julie Heller Gallery, Provincetown, MA

  • 2000

    Julie Heller Gallery, Provincetown, MA

Group Exhibitions

  • 2016

    From realism to abstraction, Mason Fine Art, Atlanta, GA.

  • 2012

    Upstate Artists, The Laffer Gallery Schuylerville, NY

  • 2011

    American Realists, The Harrison Gallery, Williamstown, MA

  • Celebrating 10 Years, The Harrison Gallery, Williamstown, MA

  • 2010

    Group Show, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY

  • Addison Art Gallery at Highfield Hall, Highfield Hall, Falmouth, MA

  • Group Show, Southport Galleries, Southport, CT

  • American Realists, The Harrison Gallery, Williamstown, MA

  • 2009

    Painting = Poetry ~ ut Pictora Poesis, Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY

  • 17th Annual Winter Members' Exhibition, Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, VT

  • 2008

    Red Dot Art Fair, Miami, FL

  • Red Dot Art Fair, New York, NY

  • Flowers in February, Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY

  • Painting = Poetry ~ ut Pictora Poesis, Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY

  • The Four Seasons, Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY

  • 17th Annual Members' Exhibition, Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, VT

  • American Realists, The Harrison Gallery, Williamstown, MA

  • Still Life, The Harrison Gallery, Williamstown, MA

  • 2007

    Art Miami, Miami, FL

  • Bridge Art Fair, Miami, FL

  • Small Pieces ~ Precious Pieces, Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY

  • By Invitation: 51st National Fall Open Exhibition, Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, VT

  • American Realists, The Harrison Gallery, Williamstown, MA

  • 2005

    Group Show, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY

  • Group Show, Scott Bundy Gallery, Kennebunkport, ME

  • 2003

    Group Show, Diana Levine Fine Arts, Boston, MA

  • Group Show, Erlich Gallery, Marblehead, MA

  • 2002

    69th National Member's Exhibition, Society of American Graphic Artists, New York, NY

  • NorthEast Prints, William Patterson University's Ben Shahn Center For The Visual Arts, Wayne Township, NJ

Grants & Awards

  • 2012

    Best in Show, The Laffer Gallery "Upstate Artists," Schuylerville, NY

Collections

  • Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown MA

  • Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA

  • Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MS

Publications

  • 2016

    2016  American Art Collector (July) "Nick Patten: Trapping Light"

  • 2010

    2010  American Art Collector (August) "Nick Patten: Interior Light"

  • 2010  The Berkshire Eagle (July) "Gallery Walks"

  • 2010  Bennington Banner (June) "Harrison Shows Contemporary American Masters"

  • 2009

    2009  Brooklyn Biblio Posting (September) "Art Historian and Librarian Review of Nick Patten at Rice/Polak"

  • 2009  Special to the Berkshire Eagle (August) "Nick Patten: A Certain Slant of Interior Light"

  • 2009  The Provincetown Banner(July 16) "Exhibit Goes Through the Looking Glass and into Patten's Rooms"

  • 2009  Deviance Art Ezine Issue 3 (July) "Nick Patten: Beyond the Medium"

  • 2009  Berkshire Home and Style (July) "Nick Patten: Master of Light and Shadow"

  • 2008

    2008  Special to the Berkshire Eagle (December) "Harrison Gallery ~ American Realists are for Real"

  • 2008  The Berkshires (October) "American Realists at Harrison Gallery"

  • 2008  Chelsea Clinton News (February) "Getting Real, Patten's Archaic and Unorthodox Approach"

  • 2008  The Berkshires (January) "Harrison Gallery Stays Warm, Even in Winter"

  • 2006

    2006  Boston Globe (August) "The Cape's Visual Landscape"

  • 2006  Provincetown Journal (August) "Taste of Provincetown's East End Art Galleries"

  • 2006  Art's Valley Advocate (May) "Nick Patten, Spicing Up the Mundane"

  • 2000

    2000  The Cape Codder (August)"Feature Article for Antiques and Arts: In Spite of the Light, Light is Artist Nick Patten's Thing"

  • 2000  Cape Cod Times (August) "Arts Section Best Bet: Evocative Arrangements"