Patricia Watwood — Paint Works

August 1, 2011

I paint nudes, figures, portraits and still lifes in the classical tradition. I draw on allegorical, mythological, and narrative themes, and I want to continue the classical pursuits of representational painting, with my eye on the contemporary world, to share it with a modern audience. The recurring theme in my painting is the spiritual human presence of the subjects in the paintings. Whether it’s a “Flora”, or a “Bacchus”, or a portrait subject, I want the viewer to connect with the spirit of the subject, the soul if you will. One of the central guiding principles of my work is that we are spiritual beings having a human experience. The connection of the spirit between painter and subject, and between the subject and the viewer, shows the resonance of all human interaction. Formal training is the indispensable underpinning of my practice. I seek to follow and build upon the artistic intelligence and traditions of the past, and bring them anew to my own generation.

I live and work in Brooklyn, New York. I am excited to be a part of a growing school of New York Classicists that are seeking to create beautiful representational paintings that will add our contemporary experience to the tradition of painting.

I sell through galleries, such as John Pence Gallery in San Francisco, Hirschl & Adler in NYC, and the Grenning Gallery in Sag Harbor, NY. I have had solo exhibitions at St. Louis University Museum of Art and at the Forbes Gallery in Manhattan. I also do commissioned portraiture, and am represented by Portraits, Inc.

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