Santa Fe, NM, United States
About Patrick Harris
Award winning, supercharged, original paintings. USA project grant, Pollock-Krasner grant, Born: 1952 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Harris' ManTrap Project examines themes related to life and death on a small lake in Minnesota. Currently creating enamel flag paintings that examine ecological, religious, political themes. I believe paintings to be transcendent, poetic, ethereal. The body of work that you are viewing represents forty years of dedicated painting and research. Works by other artists continue to affect me deeply and convince me that painting is a powerful and direct means to communicate the most profound aspects of our human character and being. In 1985, while in South Dakota, the painting Die Laughing won First Place: Painting, in an international exhibit curated by Scarsdale/Metro Art in New York City. Also in 1985, Hamburger High School received First Award in New American Talent, a nationwide art competition and exhibition at Laguna Gloria Art Museum in Austin, Texas. This led to a solo show at the Harris Gallery in Houston, Texas in 1985. Hired as Gallery Director for the College of Santa Fe (now known as the Santa Fe University of Art and Design) Fine Art Department, I moved to New Mexico and my work was awarded best-in-show at statewide competitive exhibits hosted by the College of Santa Fe, 1989 and the Los Alamos Fuller Art Center in 2003. Additionally, a solo show at the University of Colorado-Boulder opened in August, 1992. The Colorado Daily and Denver Post reviewed the exhibit. The Center for Contemporary Art Santa Fe curated a one-person exhibition, Rescuing Something of Substance, in 1994. The eight-foot-square paintings address social, political and environmental issues. One work, WYSIWYG+or-9 (whizzywhig plus or minus nine), is a painting/zoetrope of a child trying to kill a frog. Like a film loop, nothing happens as the incident plays out over and over. Mercury is two paintings in one. It is orange, blue and white when exposed to light and then, glows-in-the-dark when light is eliminated. This effect is achieved by positioning Kodak glow-paper on the fish scales, allowing the invisible pollutant (mercury) to be seen. The award of a $20,000 support grant by the Pollock-Krasner Foundation in the year 2000 was an incredible assist in creating a series of work devoted to themes of birth, death, identity and family. At their core, these paintings are about hope and despair, fear and bravery, loss and gain. The grant was critical to the ongoing life of the series, infusing capital and bestowing an endorsement that garnered attention. The award generated constructive and meaningful public dialogue during an exhibition at LewAllen Contemporary in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Following this exhibit, a comprehensive survey of sixty two paintings was shown in the Everist gallery at the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science, Sioux Falls, South Dakota in 2001. These public engagements were the direct result of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation’s award. Singular works in collective exhibitions were shown at SITE Santa Fe in 1996 and the Sheldon Art Museum, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1997. In Santa Fe: Aura Gallery, Galeria El Zocalo and LewAllen Contemporary hosted solo shows during the nineties. The New Mexico Museum of Art included the painting Twins in a 2005 exhibit About the Face and recent works from the ManTrap Lake series were shown at the Santa Fe Art Institute in November, 2011. Several paintings are now in a collective exhibition at Greg Bennett Contemporary in Palm Desert, California. A solo exhibit at Bennett Contemporary entitled Flags is scheduled for 2014. Serving as director of installations and shipping at LewAllen Contemporary in Santa Fe for nine years from 1993 to 2002 was instructive, fun and challenging. I worked with hundreds of artists from all over the United States. Moving on to the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos in 2005, I became Chair of the Fine Art Department and began teaching courses in Painting, Drawing, Art History and Modern Art. This position is rewarding and enables continued painting and research. A partial list of publications include: Contemporary Art in New Mexico by Jan Adlmann, editor Barbara McIntyre, Craftsman House, 1996; New American Paintings, Open Studios Press in 1995 (Book V), 1998 (Book XVIII), and 2000 (Book XXX). THE Magazine: Santa Fe’s Monthly Magazine of the Arts, placed the work Mascara on its cover to accompany a feature article: The Universe of Patrick Harris, in May of 2000. In December of 2000, Architectural Digest reproduced four paintings in an article entitled La Posada de Santa Fe. PasaTiempo, Santa Fe’s Weekly Magazine of the Arts, placed Made in China on its cover with a feature article on December 4, 1998. PasaTiempo then placed Harmony on the cover of its March 25, 2005 edition to accompany a review of a collectiv www.patrickharris.com
Currently showing in a collective exhibition at Greg Bennett Contemporary, Palm Desert, CA.