Replacing the burlesque props and classical references of his previous
work with a blend of story-book parables, tabloid zoology and
Scando-pagan kitsch, Ian Patrick's paintings continue to explore the
gap between desire and fulfillment, carnality and transcendence. His
recent paintings combine the graphic with the illusionistic, playing
lush color and deep glazes against moments of hard-edged geometry and
bold, lyrical contour, creating complex, swirling compositions that
reveal their content with a sly theatricality.
Like his earlier works on paper, which used optical misdirection, camouflage and shape repetition to break and recombine imagery into chimera-like composites, these paintings address fragmentary forms on the verge of ecstatic transformation. As they nurse their young, succumb to their appetites and frolic in a day-glo Arcadia, Patrick's subjects collapse into perverse and varied couplings, and are absorbed into the dense rhythms of the composition. In this way, Patrick's paintings exist in a state of becoming, animated by the push/pull between the whole and it's constituent parts.
Ian Patrick was born in Boston in 1977. He graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1999, attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2001, and received his MFA from UCSD in 2006. He lives and works in Los Angeles, and is currently a visiting lecturer at the University of California, Irvine. This is his second solo show.