A powerful, pure expression of creativity

2012-02-16 00:00

THE process of creating a work of art is as important to Howick-based artist ­Terrence Patrick as the final painting or drawing which he presents to the world.

“I have a rhythm to my life — I read, I work … it’s all about the process, the way you approach your life that in­fluences what and why you write. That’s what I’m interested in — using art as a kind of way of life,” he says.

“My images are complex because they are not just about the craft of painting, but a representation of my thought processes. My particular interest is philosophy, and my paintings provide an ongoing dialogue — with others and with myself. I’m interested in allegory; in using imagery, ideas, feelings and presenting them in a transcendental way to build new ideas.

“I also believe art is tied to truth, and has a very meaningful relationship with language. Art needs to be challenging — that is its great power. It has its own rhythm and rules … and is part of a debate that is central to culture. That’s why I’m not a fan of multiculturism. I believe it waters down the search for good ... it just evens things out.”

Patrick, who will be holding a solo ­exhibition, Possibilities, at the Tatham Art Gallery in Chief Albert Luthuli (Com­mercial) Road, Pietermaritzburg from ­Sunday to April 8, was introduced to art classes by a work colleague in Durban.

“Those days were days of pure creativity. I was just trying to do it, and believe it was essential to my growth as an artist,” he said. “What I want is a pure expression of creativity — I think it’s a really powerful and wonderful asset to have… it makes life have some form of meaning to it.”

Patrick is no stranger to the Tatham, having previously exhibited at the old Schreiner Gallery, and as part of group exhibitions at the gallery.

His Possibilities exhibition will include both drawings and paintings. “I have had a good look at the new space, and plan to show some of my smaller works — about nine paintings and 15 drawings,” he said.

“I usually begin my work as a drawing and use that as a basis for my paintings, but I’m also doing more drawings as complete works in themselves. Either way, they are complex works, which I hope people will spend time contemplating.”

Patrick will be giving a walkabout at the opening of the exhibition on Sunday, between 10.30 am and 11 am.

The walkabout will include a talk on the artist’s techniques, and analytical theories of his subject matter.

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