September 22, 2023


How Art Works

Featured Artist Patrice Sullivan | Artsy Shark

3 min read

Artist Patrice Sullivan shares a set of work that resurrect household historical past and childhood reminiscences. Go to her website to see extra.


Charcoal drawing of a family with disappearing mother

“The Mom Who Wasn’t There” charcoal, 40″ x 40″


I like to color! The making of images has consumed me for many of my life. I retired from educating portray at Colorado State College and am now residing in Phoenix, Arizona. I obtained a BFA from Massachusetts School of Artwork and an MFA from College of Pennsylvania. My work is private, autobiographical and multi-layered in that means and imagery.


image of a girl being confirmed

monoprint/stencil/acrylic, 11″ x 14″


I knew I liked the determine a lot that I wished to color and change into proficient in depicting figures. This led me to make use of imagery from my household album utilizing mild as a binding factor operating all through my work. I paint landscapes, interiors, exteriors, nonetheless lifes with figures interacting and posing for the digicam displaying memorable moments with households, associates, and neighbors.


oil painting of an old family photo

“Kin” oil on board, 20″ x 24″


My course of in creating photos is totally different from the conventional beginning and ending a portray, then beginning one other. I normally have twenty to thirty work going without delay. This provides me an entry to working each day and permits for my temper of the day. Some days I really feel like beginning new work that are free and really quick. I at all times have a few of these within the studio.


oil painting of a woman getting out of bed

“The Yawn” oil on board, 12″ x 12″


If I’m in a temper to color very delicate and exact info, then I’ve these work that simply want a little bit of ending up, maybe extra particulars inside the determine or atmosphere. Different work want restructuring of the composition to make the portray structurally sound and visually efficient. This could possibly be eliminating, eradicating, or reorganizing parts inside the composition.


oil painting of nostalgic backyard scene

“Yard Blues” oil on linen, 8″ x 8″


Dimension is vital in my work as nicely. Though I largely work smaller, I at all times have two massive canvases I’m engaged on as nicely.  That is so viewers should step nearer to the work to know the that means and private tales I share. My work take a very long time to complete. I don’t begin with a drawn picture, however massive shapes of shade which want refining and enhancing. Some work are rapidly completed, whereas others might take months.


charcoal portrait by artist Patrice Sullivan

“Bernice” charcoal/pan pastel, 30.5″ x 34″


Alongside portray, I like printmaking and drawing. I had a residency on the Manhattan Graphics Heart in Manhattan within the fall. There I made many photos and realized new strategies. In graduate faculty, I did numerous printmaking, so I knew a lot of the processes.


oil painting of a black and white vintage photo

“Sidewalk Snap” oil on linen, 24″ x 24″


Recently I’ve been doing monoprints with stenciling as a element. I’ll incorporate this system in my work. It’s great to develop and develop after so a few years of being an artist. Drawing I’ve at all times liked, utilizing primarily charcoal with some pan pastel, which is a wealthy and vibrant medium.


Monoprint portrait of a woman

“Francoise Revisited” monoprint/stencil, 11″ x 11″


Hopefully, viewers will join with a time and place in their very own reminiscences the place their private tales recall time of nice pleasure and/or nice sorrow.

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