Please share with audiences and viewers the exceptional artwork from contemporary realist painter NICK PATTEN, called an “American Vermeer” in Hudson, New York.
A native of Troy, New York, he received a B.A. in Fine Arts from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York. People love the mysterious light in his paintings, and an art critic has called him an “American Vermeer.”
He has been referred to as a Master of Light and Shadow because of the style of his paintings. Among others, recently Patten received Best in Show at The Laffer Gallery's first annual Juried Group Show, "Upstate Artists" in Schuylerville NY.
He has been a full time artist for more than 20 years, and he states that: ''my goal to be able to paint what I want to see''.
“Settling on a composition for one of my room interior paintings is a progressive process. I pick and choose the mostinteresting 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. Though working from photographs with the aim of creating believable paintings, I strive to bring a quiet drama to everyday scenes. My paintings are never “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.” Nick Patten