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To Grandmother’s House I Go

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Nick Patten

When I met realist painter Nick Patten at last week’s Saatchi art fair, the first thing I said to him was “Who are you, and what were you doing in my grandmother’s house in 1970?” He laughed, but I was only half joking. His work immediately transported me to happier days spent visiting my Nana, and I wanted to take them home with me. In fact, could I have afforded them, there’d be at least one original Patten hanging in my home right now.

Interestingly, though he creates beautiful, evocative paintings, Patten shies away from the term artist. He instead considers himself an artistic painter. His bio describes him as a “get ‘er done painter in a windowless barn in Hudson, New York. This level of humility may sound too good to be true, but speaking to the man was a pure joy, and I think he means every word.

“I’m not sure one ever really becomes an artist… I spend my days making pictures and eventually with luck someone buys them. No one is more surprised than me.”

Since Patten has been supporting himself solely by making pictures for the last 25 years, I think it’s safe to assume he gets that kind of surprise on a pretty regular basis. And so he should. His work is unspeakably lovely and powerful, and getting to see it in person made the trip to the art show in Brooklyn worthwhile (and if you’ve ever tried to park in Brooklyn, you know what a grand statement that is!).

You can see more of Nick Patten’s work on his website, and you can follow him on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. And if you’re interested in painting, I strongly recommend you read Patten’s bio, in which he generously shares fascinating details about his process and his studio setup.

All images property of Nick Patten, used with permission.

Post script: Nick wanted me to mention that he is willing to work out a payment plan for anyone who is considering buying a piece. What a sweetheart!

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Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

24 thoughts on “To Grandmother’s House I Go

  1. Some of them could be photos. Wonderfully real. Oh …If only I could do that.

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  2. thanks Donna…I really enjoyed meeting you last weekend!

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  3. What a find! These are amazing.

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  4. Nick Patten is an American treasure and a best-kept art value secret. I started collecting his work in ’99 and am as giddy about each piece as I was when I first saw them. Your reference to “Grandmothers’ House….” is so spot on…His straight-on perspectives are low in the room…like how I wondered around the family farmhouse when I was a grade-schooler.

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  5. When I win the Power Ball Lottery, I want at least one for my house also. Hal

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  6. I looked at the first image before I started reading and completely assumed it was a photograph. These are beautiful paintings, really soothing to look at. The handling of light is incredible.

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  7. Oh my gosh these paintings are so realistic! I love them! ❤

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  8. The paintings are beautiful, though I understand what he says about being an artistic painter, rather than an artist. I believe the latter involves more conceptual work, than necessarily just using a learnable skill. Though he obviously has mastered that skill, one of the differences would be whether he is painting from his head or from a photo/series of photos/actual scene.

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  9. Reblogged this on ARHtistic License and commented:
    Thanks to Donna for this wonderful profile of artistic painter Nick Patten.

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  10. Beautiful work – I can smell that beeswax candle!

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  11. Oh thank you for this wonderful post. I long to paint interiors (or even draw them). These are wonderful and I should love one hanging in my house where I could look at it endlessly. I’m off to visit him on Pinterest.

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