Patrick John Mills

Patrick John Mills

Ottawa, ON, Canada

About Patrick John Mills

www.patrickjohnmills.com
www.patrickjohnmills.ca

Education

Vancouver College '91

Concordia University

Collections:
" Canadian Art Bank Collection, Ottawa, ON, Canada.
" Canadian Oil Well Systems (COSCO), Edmonton, AB, Canada.
" Carnegie Hall (Donation), Vancouver, BC, Canada.
" Church of England, London, England.
" City of Ottawa Public Art Collection (Direct purchase), Ottawa, ON, Canada.
" Concordia University Child Psychology Department (Donation), Montreal, QC, Canada.
" D. Maria Theresa Gera Medical Clinic, Frankfurt, Germany.
" Dallas Luxury Real Estate, Dallas, TX, USA.
" Elizabeth Fry Society (Art of Giving donation), Ottawa, ON, Canada.
" Essence Catering, Ottawa, ON, Canada.
" Globe Centre (Donation), London, England.
" Grace Manor, Salivation Army (Art of Giving donation), Ottawa, ON, Canada.
" Great Bear Group, Hertfordshire, UK.
" Kruger Papers Inc., Montreal, QC, Canada.
" Marquardt Printing Ltd., Ottawa, ON, Canada.
" Ottawa City Hall, Art Bank Collection (Purchased by Mayor Bob Chiarelli), Ottawa, ON, Canada. " Place Montreal Trust Gallery, Montreal, QC, Canada.
" Prince of Morocco, Morocco.
" Rathburn Tree Experts Inc., Vancouver, BC, Canada.
" Rideauwood Addiction and Family Services (Art of Giving donation), Ottawa, ON, Canada.
" Royal East London Hospital (13 donations), London, England.
" Saint Mary's Church, East London, England.
" Shearman and Sterling, London, England.
" The Bruce House (Art of Giving donation), Ottawa, ON, Canada.
... and numerous private collections, both national and international.

Events

Artist Statement
My name is Patrick John Mills, and I am an artist, painter and poet. I have been painting for more than 25 years. I wish to share with you how it feels for me to be an artist, and to paint...
It is winter, and the winter wind is strong and cold. I feel like a little boy who is trying to fly a kite. The ghost of my father is beside me. I am alone. I do my best to embrace the freedom of myself.
So, I am that little boy trying to fly his kite on a very windy day. As I become more centered, I am creative. And I become the painter who is falling into the rainbow of pigments on his canvas. I leave my body. I forget that it is cold. I am a soul. I am energy. I am the wind. I am the snow blowing in the wind. There is an invisible energy that flows in the current of my soul. I am the snowflake that melts on my face. I am transforming. I am completely alive in the moment.
PJM
I am the kite that is blowing. But the wind is so strong. The
kite speeds up, spins around and around. The wind is wild
and out of control. The kite nose-dives to the ground. My
palette blows 20 feet across the field. My canvas blows away too – throws itself. It does not break. My bones are stronger. I am Rocky. I do not accept failure. I embrace the pleasure and the pain equally. It is intensely cold outside and my fingers are screaming. Blue blood. Red blood. I am that kite. I retrieve my palette and brushes. I have to smile. I smile and embrace the crazy beautiful moment. I am not complaining. I love the intensity of everything.
So I continue to be that boy learning to fly his kite. It is a dream, a crazy dream. The wind gets wilder. I am doing my best to satisfy my soul. The painting blows around and will not stay still. I feel like I am play fighting with a lover. I pin her down in the bed of my mind. Try to kiss her. She is resisting; she is trying to tickle me, but I want to make tender passionate love. My soul is open and my senses are alive. I am naked. I am completely vulnerable. I am distilled, cocooned, nested in this perfect intimate moment. I am a baker making bread. A carpenter building furniture. I am a make-up artist putting mascara on lashes. I am a gardener taking time to remove weeds.
I am a fragile egg that is falling. I keep falling and hold nothing back. I give and I give. I touch the canvas with great tenderness and abundant generosity. All the crocuses, tulips, daffodil bulbs bloom inside and break through my skin like Spring. I get goose bumps, or perhaps frostbite. I feel everything. I cut myself open. The zipper of Soul is open, and my skin is on the ground. I keep bleeding and I keep believing. I empty over 50 large tubes of paint in under 2 hours. It is a massive party, and I have all the voices singing inside my head. There are no rules, just pure freedom.
This moment continues... and I hold this bliss. Then suddenly the kite is free. The egg hits the ground. And everything inside of me has become the canvas.
Live - Love - Art

Exhibitions

The Art Factory, Renfrew, ON, Canada. 2016-Present Purchased and currently renovating an 8700 square foot building to open as an art gallery /
studio space / retail art supply store. Anticipate opening in the Fall of 2018.
" Modern Artists Gallery, Oxon, England. 2001-Present " Alpha Art Gallery, Ottawa, ON, Canada. 2017-2018 " Patrick John Mills Contemporary Fine Art Gallery, Ottawa, ON, Canada. 2007-2012 " Carmel Art Gallery, Ottawa, ON, Canada. 2010-2013 " Vanier Community Center, Ottawa, ON, Canada. 2009 " Ottawa City Hall, Ottawa, ON, Canada. 2008 " Christie’s International, London, England. 2006 " The Ottawa School of Art Gallery (Instructor’s Show), Ottawa, ON, Canada. 2006 " Karsh-Masson Gallery, Ottawa, ON, Canada. 2006 " Cube Gallery, Ottawa, ON, Canada. 2006 " Blink Gallery, Ottawa, ON, Canada. 2006 " Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, ON, Canada. 2006 " Richelieu Center, Ottawa, ON, Canada. 2006 " Dale Smith Gallery, Ottawa, ON, Canada. 2005 " Gallery One O Two, London, England. 2004-2005 " Major’s Art Festival, Ottawa, ON, Canada. 2005 " London Arts Group, The Adrean Gallery – Cork Street, London, England. 2004 " The Artist’s Gallery, London, England. 2003 " 02 Brasserie, London, England. 2003 " Willesden Gallery, Brent Artists Register – Poetry in the Picture, London, England. 2005 " Modern Artists Gallery, Affordable Art Fair – Battersea Park, London, England. 2002 " Art.co Contemporary Fine Arts, Leeds, United Kingdom. 2002 " Pond Gallery, Clapham, London, England. 2002 " Thomas Halford Gallery, London, England. 2002 " Battersea Arts Centre, Paperleaf Arts Fair, London, England. 2002 " Homer Arts Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada. 2002 " ArtSource, “A New Generation”, Royal Common Wealth Society, London, England. 2001 " Tullo Warren Marshall, King’s Road, London, England. 2001 " Lendrum Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CA, USA. 2001 " Tate Modern (2 paintings rented out for French feature film), London, England. 2000 " ArtLink/Sotheby's International (3 paintings auctioned), London, Paris and the UK. 2000 " Lendrum Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CA, USA. 2000 " Round House, Mint Club, London, England. 2000 " Imperial College, London, England. 2000
Tullo Warren Marshall, King’s Road, London, England. 2000 " International Abstract Artists, Deborah Waterson Gallery, London, England. 2000 " Artright, London, England. 2000 " The Royal Horticultural Halls, London, England. 1999 " ArtRight, London, England. 1999 " Metal Magic Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada. 1998 " Homer Arts Gallery (permanent), Vancouver, BC, Canada. 1998 " Open Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada. 1998 " Taf’s Café Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada. 1998 " Place Montreal Trust Gallery, Montreal, QC, Canada. 1997 " Dr. Maria-Theresa Medical Clinic, Frankfurt, Germany. 1997 " Michel Blais Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada. 1997 " Montreal West City Hall, Montreal, QC, Canada. 1996 " Place Montreal Trust Gallery, Montreal, QC, Canada. 1996 " Montreal West City Hall, Montreal, QC, Canada. 1996 " Dr. Maria-Theresa Medical Clinic, Frankfurt, Germany. 1996 " Place Montreal Trust Gallery, Montreal, QC, Canada. 1996 " Janet Harris Studio, New Mexico, USA. 1995 " 500 Hours of Art, Belgo Building, Montreal, QC, Canada. 1995 " Concordia University Visual Arts, Montreal, QC, Canada. 1995 " October Show, Belgo Building, Montreal, QC, Canada. 1994 " Concordia University Visual Arts, Montreal, QC, Canada. 1994 " Expressions Framing, Montreal, QC, Canada. 1993 " La Flouberg, Montreal, QC, Canada. 1993