1939: Was born in Seattle, Washington, USA
Discovery is the keynote of Van Patten’
s work. Not for him the spectacular highlights of the landscape- he seeks rather to penetrate deeper and deeper into the secret places, his preoccupation with water in the landscape being virtually unique. Whereas others may from time to time incorporate a stretch of river or a pool in an urban park into the scene painted, Van Patten concentrates entirely on the margins of water in the wild. Sometimes it may be a long-shot involving a stretch of water bounded by a little piece of land; sometimes it is an obsessively detailed close-up of the plants that grow with their roots in the water and their heads in the sky- but all have been beautifully rendered in Van Patten’s distinctive art. Statement:
"Though taken from nature, the imagery in my paintings might, at first glance, be unnoticed in the natural world. At best, a throwaway memory. Yet it is the mystery of reflection, shadow and light, and unexpected colour, that makes me want to paint these throwaway scenes.
"When I have found the image that I wish to paint, I use the intermediate eye of the camera to see the nuances that I have missed. The anomalies of the camera lens also provide additional information that exists only in the photograph of the image. By incorporating these qualities, such as a softening and colour-rimming of the edges, my paintings provide surprises to me and, I hope, to the viewer. From the beginning of the painting process I know what the image is, but I am never sure what the picture will be when brought to paint."
Source: Plus One Gallery Website