Patrick Morales-Lee

Patrick Morales-Lee

Whitstable, United Kingdom

About Patrick Morales-Lee

Patrick graduated in back in 1998 and was taught by the painter John Virtue and graduated alongside his friend and peer Antony Micallef. During the last few years, he has exhibited in a number of shows, selling work to a handful of well know collectors and exhibited alongside artists such as Antony Gormley, Antony Lister, Stanley Donwood, Vhils and FAILE. He has recently won the Galerie Heimat & NG Art Creative Residency Art Prize 2021, judged by Kate Bryan and Laura Gascoigne. While also appearing on Sky Arts, Portrait Artist of the Year in October 2020, he has also been shortlisted for the new art prize, The Sequested Prize, where winners will be revealed in March 2021.

Artist Statement

My work deals with the idea of identity, from being fostered at the age of three I was constantly aware of my surroundings and the need to fit in growing up. Looking back, I recognise those feelings as universal and the work looks to explore the ‘human condition’, specifically what makes people do what they do to have a sense of belonging – from the everyday to the extreme.

From the schoolyard to being an adult, we constantly look to define ourselves by trying to fit into a group. Aspiring to be one of the ‘cool kids’, aligning yourself with a religious faith or football team, fashion, music, brands and celebrities: the sense of being in a tribe is all around us.

The work looks to showcase snapshot scenarios – a soft narrative to a given situation, process or ceremony. These scenarios could be, on the one hand, unsettling or odd, but to others comforting and familiar. Often the figure depicted is within a ceremony of sorts, a lot inspiration is taken from the Christian ceremony ‘Communion’ the idea of transformation, taking on something new, be that the belief of the ‘action’ being the body and blood of christ. I call this ‘active belonging’, the idea that people will participate physically and mentally in an action, a ceremony to show to themselves, to show to others that they believe, that there is meaning in the process, that they aren’t alone, they belong to something, giving a tangible meaning to their own life.

Education

Plymouth University: BA Hons Fine Art

Events

Winner of the Galerie Heimat & NG Art Creative Residency Art Prize 2021

Sky Arts – Portrait Artist of the Year (season 7) : Oct 2020

Celeste Prize 2016 : Longlisted for drawing ‘Keep Sweet’

Artists & Illustrators : Shortlisted for Portrait Artist of the Year 2014

Exhibitions

Chaiya Art Awards – IMPACT : Group exhibition : 60 artworks that are relevant to the impact of Covid19 – 15 June – 30 Sept 2020

Choose Art | Give Light to Refugees : International art exhibition & silent auction : 8 – 29 June 2020

Portraits for NHS Heroes : Online group exhibition with the CBPP : Hosted by The Net Gallery : June 2020

Covenant : A Collection of Contemporary Drawings : A Virtual Exhibition : Curated by The Curators Salon : 9-30 April 2020

The Other Art Fair (POSTPONED)
The Old Truman Building
London : 19 – 22 March 2020

Contemporary British Portrait Painters : Group Exhibition : The Space / CassArt, London : 3 – 22 March 2020

Ruskin Margate : Solo Exhibition ‘Ceremony’
28 Sept – 25 Oct 2019

ACE Club x NED, The Ned, London : Group Exhibition
27 Jul 2019

ArtsDepot 15th Open Art Exhibition, London : Group
Exhibition 18 Jul – 30 Aug 2019

Pavement Lickers 2018 : Helium London x Pavement Lickers Event : 32 Portland Place, London : 4 Oct 2018

21st National Open Art Exhibition, Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, London : Group Exhibition 17 – 26 Nov 2017

Limbo, Margate : Group Exhibition ‘Fill me up’ 27 – 29 Oct 2017

Lovelys Gallery, Margate : Open Exhibition 6 Aug – 3 Sept 2016

Whitstable Biennale Satellite : Solo Exhibition ‘Capital’ 4-12 June 2016