Richard Patterson's complex, multilayered paintings, sculptures and prints sit firmly within the grand tradition of European and American art. Despite their rich pop cultural allusions culled from film, magazines, music and advertising, Patterson is engaged on a philosophical level with the interconnections of meaning, image and making. His works can be viewed as masks or screens, concealing a melancholy meditation on the contemporary condition. Patterson knowingly employs a battery of techniques, genres and media: self-portraits, ready-mades, photography, painterly streaks and smudges and virtuoso photorealist painting, which all converge in works that reveal the inherently political nature of craft and making.
Born in the UK in 1963, Patterson graduated from Goldsmiths College in 1986. He was included in Damien Hirst's renowned Freeze, Surrey Docks, London (1988); as well as Sensation: Young British Artists from the Saatchi Collection, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK; Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, Germany; Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, USA (1997-00). Other notable exhibitions include The Rowan Collection: Contemporary British & Irish Art, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland (2002); Painting Pictures, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany (2003); Nexus Texas, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Texas, USA (2007) and Attention to Detail, curated by Chuck Close, the FLAG Art Foundation, New York, USA. Patterson has had solo exhibitions at Anthony d'Offay Gallery, London (1997); James Cohan Gallery, New York, USA (1999 and 2002); Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas, USA (2000), Timothy Taylor Gallery, London (2005, 2008 and 2013); Timothy Taylor, New York (2018) and the Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas, USA (2009).