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JEREMIAH PATTERSON
JEREMIAH PATTERSON
OBSERVATIONS AND REFLECTIONS
NOVEMBER 6 – DECEMBER 6, 2012
MERCY GALLERY - RICHMOND ART CENTER
THE LOOMIS CHAFFEE SCHOOL - WINDSOR, CONNECTICUT
JEREMIAH PATTERSON
OBSERVATIONS AND REFLECTIONS
NOVEMBER 6 – DECEMBER 6, 2012
MERCY GALLERY
RICHMOND ART CENTER
THE LOOMIS CHAFFEE SCHOOL
WINDSOR, CONNECTICUT
The Still Life Watercolors
In addition to my admiration of Italian Renaissance Art, I also love
the Dutch and Flemish masters, and I make every effort to capture
a like richness of form, texture, and color in my own paintings. I
strive to paint deeply into the forms in my work and into the spaces
around them, working layers of color up towards a textural surface
from within the area’s inner structure, successively trying to pull everything out of each form that I see. I love the direct process involved in watercolor painting, working one color over another to
add richness, complexity, and luminosity to the whole work.
My primary compositional concern is to have the arrangement feel
natural, as if the viewer just happened upon everything that is
there, and all remains well within the realm of our normal life’s possibilities. In addressing this concern, I arrange my settings to feel
comfortable, in that the positions, poses and subjects seem natural, possible, and realistic. In this way, I also avoid overt fantasy and
work hard to find the fine point between idealizing a form and the
gritty realization of its minute details. In choice of subject, I sometimes make subtle reference to certain themes I find in Italian Renaissance or Flemish paintings, working to create compositions,
which may touch on these timeless themes, but do so by revealing
them in a contemporary, modern, and realistic way. My compositions have explored allegorical themes such as “The Four Seasons”, narrative themes such as “The Annunciation”, as well as
what I call my, “Kitchen Still Life Compositions” in which the combination of still life objects are the ingredients in a favorite recipe. I
hope that the themes within my work remain subtle in their presentation, playing a small part in an image that highlights a beautiful
moment in time during our 21st century life.
I made my first watercolor still life under the instruction of Sondra
Freckelton at her workshop during the summer of 1992, and now,
some twenty-years later, I am still thoroughly enamored by the
unique transparent watercolor process that enables me to lend life
to a group of objects.
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Indian Summer, watercolor, 40” X 60”
A Winter’s Day, watercolor, 40” X 60”
Daffodils & Pear, watercolor, 31.5” X 20”
Still Life with Giraffe, watercolor, 38” X 24”
House Plant, watercolor, 33.5” X 22”
Amaryllis, watercolor, 34.5” X 23”
Twin Tomatoes, watercolor, 8” X 8”
Twin Red Pears, watercolor, 8” X 8”
Snapdragons and Pears, watercolor, 12.5” X 9”
Dead Cardinal & Suicide King, watercolor, 13” X 10”
Reflections, watercolor, 31.75” X 23”
Easter Still Life, watercolor, 24” X 18”
Pears and Pewter Cup, watercolor, 10” X 13”
Still Life with Red Mullet, watercolor, 14” X 17.5”
Candy Sticks and Cookies, watercolor, 8.5” X 6.5”
Pear and Cherries, watercolor, 7” X 5”
Peaches, watercolor, 8” X 9”
Pear and Peach, watercolor, 7” X 7”
Yellow Apples, watercolor, 13” X 13”
Independence Day, watercolor, 24” X 18”
The Figures
After the birth of my daughter Anna in late September 2001,
shortly after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, I (like I’m sure many
others) felt a strong need to search further in my work, beyond the themes and arrangements I was able to pursue with
the inanimate objects of a still life. The objects were things,
and those things were suddenly just that, things. I knew I
wanted to portray the inner spirit of what I painted.
A journey that began with pencil drawings of my daughter
Anna in the first hours of her seeing the world inside the hospital room, eventually led to a series of figurative paintings
and portraiture. These works enabled me to continue to be
involved, and further delve into stories and themes from Renaissance work that I loved, all the while bringing them into
the future of our 21st century life. The use of the figure was a
new challenge, a means to further study and learn ways to
depict its form and explore the range of emotions bound in a
subtle glance.
My three large figurative paintings selected for the exhibition
involve stories and people from the past, depicted as if they
happened today, capturing the moment just before they take
a course in their lives which will forever mark their histories.
The newest work in the exhibition, a portrait of my daughter
Anna, was finished just a few days after her 11th birthday.
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Salome, watercolor, 38” X 48”
Visitate (the visitation), watercolor, 36” x 56”
Incontro (the encounter), egg tempera on panel, 44” X 66”
Portrait of My Daughter, Melanie, terracotta, 16” X 14”
Portrait of My Daughter, Anna, watercolor, 24” X 18”
The Plein-air Watercolors
I am most fond of the watercolor medium. In my studio I employ a methodical and layered approach to watercolor painting, each work taking several weeks, and sometimes months
to complete. However, watercolor is also a medium that can
capture quickly and directly, making it perfectly suited to the
looser and faster approach of a travel painting. In addition,
its ability to be packed compactly makes carrying a whole
studio of materials around in your pocket quite possible. I
also carry a journal while traveling, in which I jot down notes
to myself as a way to remember the places and stories that I
encounter. This exhibition includes several excerpts from
these travel journals, written at a coinciding time to the paintings shown.
The 24 plein-air landscape works on display represent a selection of travel paintings done over the past fifteen years,
the collection of which now consists of well over 100 paintings. I began making these paintings as a way to explore the
affects of space and light on color. They were a way for me
to save the memories of my travel experiences, documenting
fleeting moments in time during my visits to Italy, Sicily, and
France. They were also a way for me to paint simply for the
sake of painting. For the most part, these were done as a
personal pursuit and, except for showing them to the people
with whom I’ve traveled; these paintings have not otherwise
been widely seen.
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Assisi Sunset, 7” X 10”
Cefalu Fog, 7” X 10”
Theater of Taormina, 7” X 10”
View of Etna from Taormina, 6” X 10”
View of Etna from Taormina, 6” X 10”
Segesta, 7” X 10”
Mount of Olives Monestary, 7” X 10”
Tuscan Farm, 7” X 10”
Certaldo Geraniums, 7” X 10”
Gangivecchio Wall, 7” X 10”
Jeremiah Gardner Patterson
Born: July 27, 1971, Hartford, CT
ONE-PERSON EXHIBITIONS
2007
2003
2001
2000
1997
1996
1995
1993
Silent Memories, Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY
Memoirs of Place, Borgia Gallery, College of Our Lady of the Elms,
Chicopee, MA (traveling)
Memoirs of Place, Art Center Gallery at Miriam Hall, Anna Maria
College, Paxton, MA (traveling)
Quiet Reflections, Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY
Quiet Observations, Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY
Jeremiah Patterson-Recent Work, Taub Hall Gallery, Hartford Art
School, University of Hartford, CT
Poetic Spaces, Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY
Silent Moments, Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY
Watercolor Memories, Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY
Jeremiah Patterson: Recent Works, Hart Gallery, Northampton, MA
Jeremiah Patterson: Watercolors, Hart Gallery, Northampton, MA
TRAVELING GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2002
Egg Tempera: An Enduring Tradition (catalog)
Kendall Campus Art Gallery, Miami Dade Community College, FL
Mary Washington College Gallery, Mary Washington College, Fredericksburg, VA
Wisteriahurst Museum, Holyoke, MA
1999-2000
Religious Art: 2000 +
Ridderhof Martin Gallery, Mary Washington College, Fredericksburg, VA
Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY
1996-97
GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2010
A Sense of Place – Works from the alumni of Jack Beal & Sondra Freckelton
Workshops,Viviana Hansen Gallery, Franklin, NY
Objects of Art, Beardsley Gallery, Wilton, CT
Esprit de Femme, Beardsley Gallery, Wilton, CT
2009
Small Sizes - Precious Pieces, Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY
Flowers in February, Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY
A Moment’s Beauty, Beardsley Gallery, Wilton, CT
Inaugural Group Exhibition, Beardsley Gallery, Wilton, CT
2008
Contemporary Realism 2008, M.A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK
Watermarks II Invitational, The ARTS Gallery, Collin County Community College,
Plano, TX
2007
Tempera: Ten, Arno Maris Gallery, Ely Center – Westfield State College,
Westfield, MA
Still Lifes, William Baczek Fine Arts, Northampton, MA
2006
13th Annual Realism Invitational 2006, Klaudia Marr Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Contemporary Realism 2006, M.A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK
Still Lifes, William Baczek Fine Arts, Northampton, MA
X: Decade, William Baczek Fine Arts, Northampton, MA
Summer Show, William Baczek Fine Arts, Northampton, MA
Gallery Artists, Elm Tree Gallery, Franklin, TN
HAS Faculty Show, Joseloff Gallery, University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT
2005
Still Lifes, William Baczek Fine Arts, Northampton, MA
Flowers in February, Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY
The Four Seasons, Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY
Painting=Poetry-ut pictura poesis, Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY
HAS Faculty Show, Joseloff Gallery, University of Hartford, CT
MUSEUM GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2010
2007
2006
2004
2003
2001-02
1999-00
1997-98
1996
1995
A Celebration of Fine Art, 1950 – 2010, Academic Artists Association 60th Anniversary Invitational Exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, MA
The Art of Collecting, Flint Institute of the Arts, Flint, MI
Contemporary American Realism-2006 Biennial, Fort Wayne Museum of Art,
Fort Wayne, IN (catalog)
Regional 2004, Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY (two awards)
Representing Representation VI, Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY (catalog)
Representing Representation V, Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY (catalog)
Director’s Choice, Albright-Knox Art Museum, Buffalo, NY
Director’s Choice, Albright-Knox Art Museum, Buffalo, NY
The Art of Collecting, Flint Institute of the Arts, Flint, MI
1996 Collector's Show, Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AK
Collector's Show, Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AK
JURIED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2012
2012
2005
2004
2002
1993
1992
Flora & Fauna - Narrative through Iconography, Bertha V.B. Lederer Gallery,
SUNY Geneseo, NY
Academic Artists Association 62nd Annual National Exhibition of Contemporary
Realism, Karen Sprague Cultural Center, Springfield, MA (award)
Academic Artists Association 55th National Exhibition of Contemporary
Realism, First Church Gallery, Springfield, MA (award)
Regional 2004, Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY (two awards)
Academic Artists Association 52nd National Exhibition of Contemporary
Realism, First Church Gallery, Springfield, MA (award)
Open Show, Canton Artist Guild, Canton, CT (two awards)
Open Show, Canton Artist Guild, Canton, CT (award)
EXPEDITION: American Rivers The Soul of the Connecticut
Connecticut River Museum, Essex, CT
Center for Art and Earth, New York, NY
Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY
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2004
2003
2002
2001
2000
Contemporary American Realism VII, M.A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK
The ADAA Art Show – Armory New York, Valley House Gallery (booth),
Park Avenue Armory, New York, NY
Flowers in February, Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY
The Four Seasons, Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY
Gallery Artists, William Baczek Fine Arts, Northampton, MA
HAS Faculty Show, Joseloff Gallery, University of Hartford, CT
Works on Paper, Valley House Gallery (booth), Park Avenue Armory, NY
The Figure, Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY
Flowers in February, Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY
Painting=Poetry-ut pictura poesis, Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY
Inaugural Group Exhibition, William Baczek Fine Arts, Northampton, MA
HAS Faculty Show, Joseloff Gallery, University of Hartford, CT
Beyond the Apple & Bottle Still Life Invitational, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, TX
Interiors & Still Lifes, William Baczek Fine Arts, Northampton, MA
Inventing Reality: An Exhibition of S.O.N.E.R.A – The Society of New England
Representational Artists, Elements Gallery, Rockland, ME
Flowers in February, Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY
Small Sizes – Precious Pieces, Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY
Painting=Poetry-ut pictura poesis, Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY
Mainely Maine, Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY
The Figure, Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY
HAS Faculty Show, Joseloff Gallery, University of Hartford, CT
American Contemporary Realism III, M.A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK
Small Sizes – Precious Pieces, Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY
Gallery and Invited Artists, Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY
Mainely Maine, Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY
Flowers in February, Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY
The Four Seasons, Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY
5 Years, William Baczek Fine Arts, Northampton, MA
Work: 2001 Faculty Exhibition, Joseloff Gallery, University of Hartford, CT
Holiday Show, Gallery MAC, Manhattan Athletic Club, New York, NY
Small Sizes – Precious Pieces, Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY
Tonal, Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY
Favorite Selections from S. French Gallery, Gallery MAC, New York, NY
Gallery and Invited Artists, Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY
Contemporary American Realism III, M. A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK
Still Lifes, William Baczek Fine Arts, Northampton, MA
Flowers in February, Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY
Painting=Poetry-ut pictura poesis, Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY
HAS Faculty Show, Joseloff Gallery, University of Hartford, CT
1999
Still Life, M.A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK
Small Sizes – Precious Pieces, Gallery MAC, Manhattan Athletic Club, NY
Flowers in February, Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY
Small Sizes – Precious Pieces, Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY
Annual Faculty Exhibition, Joseloff Gallery, University of Hartford, CT
1998
Art in Bloom, Flinn Gallery, Greenwich, CT
Still Lives, William Baczek Fine Arts, Northampton, MA
Pears and Other Pleasures, Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY
Small Sizes – Precious Pieces, Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY
Flowers in February, Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY
Those Who Can Do ... And Teach, Joseloff Gallery, University of Hartford, CT
1997
Collector's Choice, Center for the Arts, Vero Beach, FL
Annual Faculty Exhibition, Joseloff Gallery, University of Hartford, CT
Small Sizes – Precious Pieces, Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY
Gallery and Invited Artists, Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY
1996
Small Sizes – Precious Pieces, Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY
American Realism, Bennett Galleries, Knoxville, TN
The Painted Menagerie Images of Animals in Contemporary Realism,
Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY
Gallery and Invited Artists, Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY
Flowers in February, Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY
Inaugural Exhibition 1996, William Baczek Fine Arts, Northampton, MA
1995
16th Annual Graduate Group Show, Hampden Gallery, UMASS, Amherst, MA
Mass Appeal: Art from Beantown and Beyond, Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY
Small Sizes – Precious Pieces, Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY
Mainely Maine, Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY
Flowers in February, Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY
EXPEDITION: Maine 1995, Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY
Collector's Choice, Center for the Arts, Vero Beach, FL
Gallery 57: Preview Exhibition, Arts Alive Gallery, Springfield, MA
1994
15th Annual Graduate Group Show, Hampden Gallery, UMASS, Amherst, MA
Facing Reality, Sharon Arts Center, Sharon, NH
Town Grown/Town Shown, Hart Gallery, Northampton, MA
1993
Junior/Senior Awards Show, Herter Gallery, University of Massachusetts,
Amherst, MA
1992
Junior/Senior Awards Show, Herter Gallery, University of Massachusetts,
Amherst, MA
1991
CANSON/ARCHES Fifth Invitational Watercolor Exhibition, Hart Gallery,
Northampton, MA
Castles and Kings, Herter Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
COLLECTIONS
ART OVERSEAS, New York, NY
Art & Interiors, Inc., New York, NY
Canson, Inc., South Hadley, MA
Galman Lepow Associates, Inc., Cherry Hill, NJ
Minneapolis Neuroscience Institute, Minneapolis, MN
Norfolk Southern Co., Norfolk, VA
The Office of the Deans at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
Wellington Management Company LLP, Boston, MA
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AWARDS
2012
Bob Kadis Watercolor Award, Academic Artists Association 62nd Annual National Exhibition of Contemporary Realism
2010
City of Ragusa: Medal of Art & Culture, presented by Francesco Barone, minister of Art
& Culture for the City of Ragusa, Sicily
2005
Academic Artists Award, Academic Artists Association 55th National Exhibition of Contemporary Realism, First Church Gallery, Springfield, MA
2004
Ted Van Brunt Memorial Award, Regional 2004 Exhibition, Arnot Art Museum,
Elmira, NY
Elmira Regional Art Society Award, Regional 2004 Exhibition, Arnot Art Museum,
Elmira, NY
2002
Top Prize in Watercolor Painting, Academic Artists Association 52nd National Exhibition of Contemporary Realism, First Church Gallery, Springfield, MA
1993
Collinsville Trader Bank Award, Canton Artist Guild Juried Open Show,
Canton, CT
1992
Collinsville Trader Bank Award, Canton Artist Guild Juried Open Show,
Canton, CT
1991
Fleet Bank Award: Grand Prize, Canton Artist Guild Open Show, Canton, CT
No Author Given. “Local Painter to Display Exhibit at Elms College.” The Chicopee Herald (Chicopee, MA), Thursday, October 18th, 2007: p 14
No Author Given. “Tempera: Ten exhibit will feature the best of the old with the times that are
new.” The Sentinel (Belchertown, MA), Thursday, September 27, 2007: p 37
No Author Given. “Elements Gallery Explores ‘Inventing Reality.’” The Courier Gazette (Rockland, ME), Thursday, July 11, 2002: p. C6
No Author Given. “Get Real.” The Courier Gazette (Rockland, ME) Thursday, July 18, 2002: p. C6.
No Author Given. “The Queen of New England.” The Journal of the Massachusetts Audubon Society: Sanctuary, (May/June 1989): cover (reproduction)
No Author Given. “The Guide, Arts & Leisure.” The New York Times, Sunday, September 28,
1997: p. 38. (reproduction)
No Author Given. Review of “Morning Shine, 2006, Watercolor.” in Still Life Exhibition at William
Baczek Fine Arts Gallery. American Arts Quarterly, Spring 2006: 58.
No Author Given. “Inventing Reality Exhibition at Elements Gallery.” The Free Press (Rockland,
ME), Thursday, July 11, 2002: p. 16. (reproduction)
O’Hern, John. “Museum Curator: The Art of the Other Santa Fe.” American Art Collector, January
2007: pp. 44 – 49 (color reproduction)
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