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I am a full time painter living in upstate New York. I love to explore the quiet drama I see in every day room interiors through a profound focus on light and shadow. I paint in oil, and my goal is to make images that exceed the medium...

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I will be in a featured show this summer at Rice Polak Gallery in Provincetown Ma.  The show begins on July 26th with an artist reception on Friday evening, July 27th...I will be showing new room interior paintings. 

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“Settling on a composition for one of my room interior paintings is a progressive process. I pick and choose the most interesting and necessary elements from an array of photographs, often adding items from my imagination.

Light & Dark is a primary focus of my painting, with particular attention to brush stroke and gradation in the darkest areas. Through working from photographs with the aim of creating believable paintings, I strive to bring a quiet drama to everyday scenes.

My paintings are never intended to be “photographic”. In part, my aim is to make paintings where the content of the image is most compelling, and how the painting was made is secondary. In a sense, attempting to make the work exceed the medium, my goal is to be able to paint what I want to see." 

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I've been fortunate.  I had been painting around my "day jobs" for many years and then in my late 30's, I was able to go off on my own and paint for a living by opening my own gallery  on Cape Cod.  I did that for 12 years, from 1992 until 2004.  Not only did it give me the opportunity to make a living, it allowed me to paint full time 6 days a week.  I also learned a lot by working with the public every day as my studio was in my gallery which was open to the public.

  In 2004 I left Cape Cod and moved to the Hudson Valley where I live now, and I've been working in a barn I converted into a studio that sits behind my old Victorian house.  I still paint about 5 or 6 days a week, but now it is in total solitude.  As much as I enjoyed meeting people and discussing my work, the quiet and being alone every day allows the kind of focus I knew I was missing.  I usually paint straight through a 7 or 8 hour day.  Once I get going, I prefer not to stop for any length of time other than to sit and look at what I'm working on.  We all find what works best I think, and this method works best for me.

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My technique has been developed through working at it consistently for over 30 years.  I am self taught, and therefore I use what works for me.  I classify my work as realism and I paint in oil, usually on a panel.  What might be unusual about my approach is that I use mostly soft nylon brushes and I don't use medium with my paint.  So when I want thin paint, I apply it thinly but rubbing it on with a soft brush.  Now that isn't to say that in some parts of some paintings I don't use bristle brushes, and at other times, I "wet" my brush slightly with a medium, but for the most part I am applying the paint in the consistency it comes out of a tube. 

I follow strict archival practices even down to cleaning my palette at the end of each day because paint that has to be reactivated the next day with a medium is not as stable in the long run as paint out of a tube.

  I mainly work from photos using a grid technique to put the image down on a panel...My panels are primed with gesso, and then I lay down a grey ground before I start painting.  I draw a cartoon of the image  with a white colored pencil and then proceed to paint a black and white underpainting.  From there I apply layers of color, and because I always work on 3 or 4 paintings at a time, I always have a dry surface to paint on when I go to my studio.  I never paint wet on wet, it is always a layering process.  My finished paintings wind up with 4, 5 or 6 layers of paint in total, and with this building process I have discovered a method that works for me.

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Best in Show 2012

The Laffer Gallery "Upstate Artists"

Schuylerville, NY

Gold Medal of Honor, 1999

86th Annual Exhibition, Allied Artists of America, Inc.™, New York, NY

Purchase Prize / Catalog Cover, 1998

20th National Exhibition, Print Club of Albany, Schenectady, NY

Purchase Prize, 1999

67th National Member's Exhibition, Society of American Graphic Artists™, New York, NY

Catalog, 1999

Georgetown Annual International Fine Arts Competition, Frasier Gallery, Washington, D.C.





   NICK PATTEN                                 


 Solo & Featured Shows             



Rice/Polak Gallery

Provincetown MA                                            


Rice/Polak Gallery

Provincetown MA


The Laffer Gallery

Schuylerville, NY


The Harrison Gallery, Williamstown, MA

Addison Art Gallery, Orleans, MA


The Harrison Gallery, Williamstown, MA

Addison Art Gallery, Orleans, MA


Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA

The Harrison Gallery, Williamstown, MA


The Harrison Gallery, Williamstown, MA

Rice/Polak Gallery, Provincetown, MA


The Harrison Gallery, Williamstown, MA

Rice/Polak Gallery, Provincetown, MA


Rice/Polak Gallery, Provincetown, MA


Julie Heller Gallery, Provincetown, MA


Julie Heller Gallery, Provincetown, MA


Cortland Jessup Gallery, Provincetown, MA


The Marlborough Galleries, Boston, MA


Frame Gallery, Brookline, MA

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Hudson, NY
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