This exhibition consists of a selection of watercolor paintings and ink drawings created by Patrick Willett during the last ten years, most of which have never been exhibited. Thematically organized, it includes a broad range of subject matter that has inspired him over the last decade; landscapes, gorges, trees, rivers, wetlands and architectural structures such as bridges. His stylistic approach to the work has varied depending on the subject – vacillating between expressive brushwork and highly detailed line work. Willett’s work explores our sense of place and direction and often focuses on the details of places and objects burned into our memory. It also frequently evokes ancient archeological patterns juxtaposed into our contemporary world.
Ten years may seem like a long time in the life of an artist. For Willett, evolution is a constant and crucial element in both concept and execution of his artwork. His daily studio practice has given him discipline and installed a work ethic that allows him to “break through creatively difficult periods with the end result being a self-documenting and self-reflective body of work.” These intricate and elegant works on paper are the documents left behind as the artist moves on to new ideas and new decades.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
A native of Buffalo, Patrick Willett traveled extensively in the American West before returning to Buffalo where he currently lives and works. He studied conceptual image making at the University at Buffalo and earned his BFA in Graphic Design/Fine Art from Empire State College in 2007. In 2001 he expanded his lifelong art making into a full-time art practice. He is primarily self taught, informed in part by an over 25 year career as an art director and graphic designer. To see more of Willett’s work, visit www.pwillett.com.
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