Speaking about his work, Patrick says: “Since graduating from Staffordshire University in 2005, my practice has focused on themes of urban life, domesticity, place and memory. I have sought to communicate a narrative of what I believe to be the shared experience between my subject and my viewer. From depicting the traces of life that I observe, I have developed a contextual setting that my viewer can relate to. More recently I have become actively involved in work which relates to the socially excluded. My current work has attempted to make to convey the reality of the struggle of individuals in the modern social climate. From young refugees in Australia to portraits dealing with the closure of womens’ shelters, I wish to convey a feeling of life as it is for the many, for the other and the excluded.
While exploring these themes, I have principally worked in charcoal, as it is the medium which lends itself to the subject matter. I am attracted to the honesty of drawing with charcoal. The use of dark tones reflects the themes, and the rubbing out of lines and blending of details echoes the feeling of a life which is passing us by.
To echo the subject, the canvasses I use are abandoned objects, parts of life we have discarded. Items such as broken plasterboard have been used to depict a crumbling relationship, old kitchen cupboard doors have helped to portray a wife constrained to a domestic life .All of these items that have served as surfaces for my work are free and readily available.”
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