Lindsay Patton

Date:09 March, 2016

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Lindsay Patton is a contemporary impressionist painter who exists between the earthy images and ethereal visions of landscape, mute and vivid color, thick yet delicately textured brushstrokes and the reality of a blank canvas. Her large mixed media artworks of oil, acrylic and charcoal, invite the viewer to discover invigorating color combinations.   Luminous lies next to serene, creating a unique and expressive reflection, an intrigue to the senses.  

From collage to kaleidoscope.  Patton is capturing the essence of a moment; a certain time of day, a particular color in the morning light, a mood or essence.   As she signs off on the vast expanse of her fanscinating environment, her viewers revel in the excitement of her expression.

ARTISTS QUOTE

I wait, to capture a certain flash of brilliant yellow, a stroke of an acid lime green lying in a distant field, or a terracotta sky.

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Lindsay Patton is a contemporary impressionist painter who exists between the earthy images and ethereal visions of landscape, mute and vivid color, thick yet delicately textured brushstrokes and the reality of a blank canvas. Her large mixed media artworks of oil, acrylic and charcoal, invite the viewer to discover invigorating color combinations.   Luminous lies next to serene, creating a unique and expressive reflection, an intrigue to the senses.

From collage to kaleidoscope, Patton is capturing the essence of a moment; a certain time of day, a particular color in the morning light, a mood or essence.   As she signs off on the vast expanse of her fanscinating environment, her viewers revel in the excitement of her expression.

ARTISTS STATEMENT

Using the camera, I capture special moments that exist in nature.  I see all of life through the eyes of the lens with a deep desire to catch details of jagged textures, flowing forms and vivid colors, accentuated by radiant light.   I photograph during the “Magic Hours”, late afternoons and early morning, as sunlight filters through giant gum trees, across misted expanses of openness.  Waiting to capture a certain flash of brilliant yellow, reflected in a small pond, a stroke of an acid lime green lying in a distant field, or a terracotta sky.  It’s landscape under a magnifying glass; sections of wood, plant and water which reference the intense diversity traversing the terrain.

I create a collage of images, a kaleidoscope of memories, to form a collective image in my mind and then, I pause, and return to the canvas.  My masters of influence span the classical impressionistic era of Mannet and Monet, the great play of fire-like light in Turners’ works, to the dramatic mood of Rembrandt, who found his one source of light.

Working is integrated with everyday life.  Easels are set up to take advantage of nature’s backdrop and days are spent under the patio vines, an expanse of water and willow tress to the north.  To the south, over misty grasslands, layered mauve and rust fynbos, fields stretch up to the distant, yet dramatic Franschhoek mountains.  A valley whose four seasons provide a shifting subject of natural elements, combined with the intangible essence of universal force.

ARTISTS PROCESS

I see myself as a ‘Contemporary Impressionist’, painting in thick oils, textured acrylic, charcoals and ink.  Using mostly life sized canvases, I enjoy bold, splashing brush strokes for landscapes and florals.  I approach nudes with gentle, subtle charcoal and monochromatic pastel.   The neutral pallet and then the confident contrast of vibrant colors, drawing on inspiration from my photographic images.

Absolute inspiration, poetry and quotes from Shakespeare, a raconteur of life stories, in turn add life to my artworks.  I observe the effects of inks and pastels, all while learning how to hold a pencil in a way that I can express maximum artistry. I like using the textures of sand and marble dust, especially when applying acrylic.  Even water alone on acrylic creates an interesting effect.   A valuable lesson…nothing on canvas is ever wasted!

Because I have no formal art foundation, the uninhibited come to the fore with a bold and experimental approach to painting.  I’m apparently unlimited by ‘rules’.

BIOGRAPHY

I was born in Harare, Zimbabwe in 1964, and from a very early age I showed a great love for art.   It was however during my 15 year interior decorating career that I rediscovered the thrill of painting.   I missed being creative!  Decorating was mostly about being resourceful and keeping a good business running smoothly.   With this in mind, I bought a small set of primary oils, a canvas and set up a workshop in the garden shed.

In 1998, I followed my dream: To live and explore ‘La Dolce Vita’, La Cotte dezure the south of France.  Armed with a Harley Davidson, canvas and paint brushes, I set out to explore the great country side.

Upon returning to South Africa, my passion started to turn into a profession.   A move to Mexico in 2002 and later on to New York, allowed me to focus purely on painting and drawing.

After exhibiting and selling my work in Mexico, USA and Europe, I returned to SA in 2008.

My home and painting base lies in Franschhoek, the breathtaking winelands of the Western Cape.   My lifestyle here lends itself to the expression in my paintings, along with my love for photography and the ability to reconcile the two.

The opportunity to visualizing where my works will hang, allows me to create art that compliments and captures a certain essence.  This timeless connection and link to people who appreciate my paintings, means the world to me.