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"When a stranger walks up to me and says 'ten years ago we bought a painting of yours. We love it more and more. I don't know which child to leave it to,' then I know that it is all worthwhile."
Emily Patrick

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Artist's Statement Emily Patrick


When painting I am walking a tightrope. I might slip off at any moment. Sometimes, when I am brave, I can hop along the rope or even somersault. These are the moments when I paint not from the visual world but from somewhere inside me.

"Pastiche, old-fashioned, dull, commercial, predictable." These are some of the traps that lie in wait for the figurative artist. It is often tempting to try to join the avant garde and abandon myself to wild inspiration and then many of these traps would disappear.
However, the rope, which is the figurative tradition, the taught discipline necessary to paint an object as it appears in reality, is the only way that I know of attempting to produce a beauty that is comprehensible. Artists who do not follow the guidelines of nature have to invent a vocabulary of their own and this is frequently only understood by the initiated.

The study of reality gives structure, depth and detail to the picture. The abstract work from inside gives magic but for me a picture needs depth as well as magic.

When a stranger walks up to me and says "ten years ago we bought a painting of yours. We love it more and more. I don't know which child to leave it to," then I know that it is all worthwhile.




Biographical Information Emily Patrick
1959 born 4 October in Kent
1974 drew with John Doyle, the watercolour artist
1976 studied with Celia Ward in the studio of John Ward RA
1978-79 studied at the Architectural Association, London
1979-82 studied Architecture at Cambridge University
1982 Contemporary Portraits, King Street Galleries, London SW1
1983 New English Art Club, Mall Galleries, London SW1
1984 Wraxall Gallery with Sarah Long, London SW3
1985 Bath Festival
1986 first solo show at Agnew's, London W1
1987 married Michael Perry in Burma
1987 John Player Portrait Exhibition, National Portrait Gallery, London WC2
1988 Winner of Carroll Foundation Award, Royal Society of Portrait Painters for the most promising portrait by an artist under 30
1988 Mother & Child, Birthright exhibition, Lefevre Gallery, London W1
1989 Solo show at Agnew's
1990 BP Portrait Exhibition, National Portrait Gallery
1992 Solo show at Agnew's
1995 Solo show at Agnew's
1997 Solo show at Gallery 27, Cork Street, London W1
1997 Solo show at Hanover Square Gallery, New York
2000 Solo show at Gallery 27, Cork Street, London W1


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