Nick Patten is a native of Troy, NY and received his B.A. in Fine Arts of the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. In addition to dozens of solo and group shows nationwide at a variety of venues, Patten’s work can be seen in many private and public collections throughout the world. Corporate and museum collections in which he can be seen include the New York Public Library, the Print Club if Albany Permanent Collection, the Boston Public Library and the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum of Rutgers University. Patten received top honors at The Laffer Gallery’s 1st annual Juried Group Show, “Upstate Artists”. His artwork is testament to many of the talented and insightful artists that the Upstate New York area has to offer.
“Settling on a composition for one of my room interior paintings is a progressive process. I pick and choose the most interesting 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.”