painting

Patrick Wilson/ Patrick Wilson

United States 1970

Abstract Art, Painting

Patrick Wilson
Patrick Wilson
Male
United States
1970

Patrick Wilson is an American artist known for his luminous, sumptuously colored abstract paintings composed of lines and quadrilaterals. Born in Redding, California in 1970, Patrick earned his BFA from the University of California, Davis in 1993 and his Masters of Fine Art degree from Claremont Graduate School in Claremont, California in 1995.

Patrick Wilsons’s Abstract Paintings

Patrick Wilson’s abstract paintings are composed of richly layered geometric forms—lines, squares, and rectangles. Conceived with the ideas of beauty and pleasure at the forefront, the artist meticulously deploys a palette of potent colors that range from muted grays and blues to intense reds, bright greens, yellows, and deep purples. The result is an opaque architectural and chromatic pattern, made up of astonishingly subtle tonal shifts as well as of hard-edged color fields. Wilson’s playful mixtures of colors, employing literally dozens of nuances demonstrate breathtaking risks, as the resulting variances in tone are always alive with stunning surprises.

Patrick Wilson - Suggestion and Possibility, 2015, photo courtesy of AMY-NYC, abstract painting, acrylic canvas
Patrick Wilson – Suggestion and Possibility, 2015, photo courtesy of AMY-NYC

Wilson’s Working Method

In his practice of creating abstract paintings Patrick Wilson uses humble tools – he applies acrylic paint with a drywall knife to drag layers of translucent and dense coats of paint across the canvas to progressively build rectilinear spaces of line, pigment, light, and texture. Superimposing what seems like disarmingly easy geometric forms, on top of, beside, or inside each other, Wilson devises complex modular compositions which request careful observation, rewarding viewers who look closely.

The Chandler Paintings

Despite the obvious accuracy of Wilson’s method, the artist produces pieces by intuitive exploration of the relationships between color and shape. This playful attitude is the most obvious in the titled of Wilson’s paintings, which often connect his works to other, more quotidian, creative and sensual experiences such as cooking and dining.

Patrick Wilson - Stone Fruit, 2010, photo courtesy of Marx & Zavattero, abstract painting, acrylic canvas
Patrick Wilson – Stone Fruit, 2010, photo courtesy of Marx & Zavattero

In his series of works, The Chandler Paintings, the artist has named each piece after a different novel or short story of the American novelist and screenwriter Raymond Chandler, paying homage to the writer’s depiction of the city of Los Angeles. All the paintings from that series of works were ranging in size from 17 inches square to over 7 feet high.

Steak Night

The artist describes himself as a “studio rat” and “painting junkie”, while he says that his new body of work is “organic”, because the paintings appear to be in a constant state of slow motion or growth. In one of his recent solo shows Steak Night held at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects in 2014, Patrick presented his latest paintings composed of solid geometries, destabilized as they undulate with a vibrancy that contradicts their architectural references.

Patrick Wilson - Steak Night show, 2014, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, installation view, photo courtesy of Susanne Vielmetter LA Projects, abstract art, acrylic canvas paintings
Patrick Wilson – Steak Night show, 2014, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, installation view, photo courtesy of Susanne Vielmetter LA Projects

Exhibition at Ameringer McEnery Yohe in New York

Patrick Wilson’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States, in many prestigious institutions and galleries, including Ameringer McEnery Yohe, New York, Marx & Zavattero, San Francisco, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, and Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus, among others.
Wilson’s work is included in many prestigious public and private collections including the Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, and the San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA, to name a few.

Patrick Wilson currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.



YearName of the exhibitionMuseum-GallerySolo-Group
2015Patrick WilsonAmeringer, McEnery, Yohe, New York, NYSolo
2014Evolving Geometries: Line, Form and ColorCenter for the Arts at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VASolo
2014Steak NightSusanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City, CASolo
2014NOW-ism: Abstraction TodayPizzuti Collection, Columbus, OH (link)Group
2013California Visual Music Three Generations of AbstractionGuggenheim Gallery, Chapman University, Orange, CAGroup
2012Patrick Wilson: PullUniversity Art Museum, California State Long Beach, Long Beach, CASolo
2012Color SpaceAmeringer, McEnery, Yohe, New York, NYSolo
2012Slow Motion Action PaintingMarx & Zavattero, San Francisco, CASolo
2012Local ColorSan Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CAGroup
2011Good BarbecueSusanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City, CASolo
2011Sea Change: The 10th Anniversary ExhibitionMarx & Zavattero, San Francisco, CAGroup
2010The View from My DeckMarx & Zavattero, San Francisco, CASolo
2010Inaugural Group ExhibitionSusanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City, CAGroup
2010California BiennialOrange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CAGroup
2010Summer SelectionsAmeringer, McEnery, Yohe, New York, NYGroup
2009Always For PleasureSusanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles, CASolo
2009Slow FoodCurators Office, Washington DC, Solo
2009BroodworkCenter for the Arts, Eagle Rock, CAGroup
2009Summer 09Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus, OHGroup
2009Electric MudBlaffer Gallery, University of Houston, TXGroup
2008Considering Truth and BeautyMarx & Zavattero, San Francisco, CASolo
2008Suite for Mount Washington - works on paperSusanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles, CASolo
2008iCandy: Current Abstraction in Southern CaliforniaCypress College Art Gallery, Cypress, CAGroup
2008SwimRebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus, OHGroup
2007Some Things I LikeRebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus, OHSolo
2007Keeping it Straight: Right Angles and Hard Edges in Contemporary Southern California ArtRiverside Art Museum, Riverside, CAGroup
2006The Chandler PaintingsBrian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, CASolo
2006Hothouse FlowersRebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus, OHSolo
2006AbstractionMulry Fine Art, West Palm Beach, FLGroup
2005The Course of EmpireSusanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City, CASolo
2005Two-Fold: Patrick Wilson - Richard WilsonClaremont Graduate University, Claremont, CASolo
2005Patrick Wilson: WestFusebox, Washington, DCSolo
2005Into the LightScape Gallery, Corona Del Mar, CAGroup
2005FabulousRebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus, OHGroup
2005GyroscopeHirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC, Group
2004New PaintingsBrian Gross Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2004Oil FieldsSusanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City, CASolo
2004NewSusanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City, CAGroup
2004TremoloRebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus, OHGroup
2003New PaintingsFusebox, Washington, DCSolo
2003PlaceHarris Art Gallery at the University of La Verne, La Verne, CAGroup
2002L.A.Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles, CASolo
2002Patrick WilsonBrian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, CASolo
2002ChromophiliaFusebox, Washington DC, Group
2001Patrick WilsonSusanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles, CASolo
2001HeatMargaret Thatcher Projects, New York, NYGroup
2001New Work: LA PaintingHosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2001Monochrome - Monochrome?Florence Lynch Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2000Patrick WilsonStefan Stux Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2000Patrick WilsonBrian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, CASolo
2000Cool Painting 2000Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, CAGroup
2000Maximal - MinimalFeigen Contemporary, New York, NYGroup
2000Anos LuzInstituto Oscar Dominguez, Teneriffe, Group
1999Patrick WilsonRuth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CASolo
1999Patrick WilsonBrian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, CASolo
1999Patrick WilsonStefan Stux Gallery, New York, NYSolo
1999The Armory Show 1999New York, NYGroup
1998Cool PaintingBrian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, CAGroup
1998Four: Painting in the AbstractThe Living Room, San Francisco, CAGroup
1998Transcendence, an Exhibition Celebrating Works of Irish and Irish American ArtistsMount San Antonio College, Walnut, CAGroup
1997Generational AbstractionsRuth Bachofner, Santa Monica, CAGroup
1997L.A. EmergingMarcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, GAGroup
1996Drawn ConclusionSouthern California Drawing, Riverside Art Museum, CAGroup
1996Time Splits Open: Fifteen NarrativesMarcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, GAGroup
1994NextCalifornia State University, Los Angeles, CAGroup