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Robert Patrick | CURRENTS

Morrison Gallery | October 7–December 11, 2022

Robert Patrick’s expansive symbolic paintings chronicle his sensory perceptions and experiences. Repetitive shapes ripple across canvas tarpaulins installed nearly flush to the gallery walls. Cadence and rhythm infuse Patrick’s patterns and document his multi-sensory reflections of being present in the moment. Patrick explains: “I paint fantasy environments as metaphors for landscapes of the mind, the imagery a product of combining senses shaped not only by light, but by sounds, smells, touch, and taste.” Patrick translates these moments into spontaneous mark-making and builds vast images that create an immersive viewing experience.


Born in Duluth, Minnesota, painter Robert Patrick has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally. Prior to earning his BFA and MFA from the University of Minnesota, Patrick lived on an art commune and played professional guitar, then completed a tour with the US Army as a cartoonist under the Special Training Branch. A recipient of the McKnight Foundation Fellowship, Patrick lives in White Bear Lake, MN with his wife of over 45 years.

Image Credit: Robert Patrick, “=ZEIT=,” acrylic on canvas tarpaulin, 2019, 84”x96”

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