In William Patterson’s quiet, personal, intimate, and poetical views of Italy, he does not paint merely hills, mountains and trees; he paints space, atmosphere and weather. His new paintings are small in format, but huge in the created space of each composition featuring both inside and outside views of Italy. Several works in this exhibition of over twenty paintings were done on site in the open air in and around Cortona, Assisi, and other locations in Umbria and Tuscany where Patterson frequents. Termed a Classical Contemporary Realist, Patterson is above all a composer of spaces in the abstract sense. In his landscapes, he says he likes “to create 20 miles of space on a three-inch panel.” In his still life paintings, he seeks to create his personal attraction to what he calls God’s “little moments” of visual beauty.
Patterson, Professor Emeritus of Fine Art at the University of Massachusetts, was recently the Professor of Painting at the University of Georgia’s program in Cortona, Italy, where he began his Cortona Series of drawings and paintings. European influences have long been a staple in Patterson’s career. After earning a BFA from The Hartford Art School in 1965, he received a Rome Prize Fellowship in painting at the American Academy in Rome in Italy, FAAR, 1965-1967, and then received a MFA from Syracuse University in Painting and Printmaking, 1969. He has since returned to the American Academy in Rome as a Visiting Artist. Presently, he paints full time in his Allen, Texas, studio and directs annual workshops in Painting and Art Appreciation in Italy.
“William Patterson: Italy – Small Format, Large Views” opens with an artist’s reception on Saturday, December 10th 7-10pm. Through January 11th at Laura Moore Fine Art Studios, 107 S Tennessee in McKinney, Texas. Gallery Hours: Mon-Sat 1-5pm, 2nd Saturday 1-10pm or by appointment. Free admission. 214.914.3630. www.lauramooreart.com