Born 1988, in Redding, CT, USA. Lives and works in New York, NY, USA. He attended the BFA School of Visual Arts New York. The American artist Grear Patterson is renowned for his arrangements of custom made image carriers, works in which he establishes connections with art history as well as with his own specific living environment. He became known for his 'Duck Test'-series, canvasses organized to resemble smileys, their trendy lightness connoting a carefree attitude to life, while simultaneously referring to the icons of digital communication. His first sunsets were inspired by Hollywood movies, the sun’s immersion in the horizon mostly took place within a 16:9 or 4:3 format. The new works pick up on the form of the setting sun through the shape of the image carrier. The combination of the different colors on the raw canvas evokes spatial depth and conjures up sporadic associations with rainbows or figments of imagination.
Recent exhibitions include: 'Atlas', Nonfinito Gallery, New York, 2019; 'Grear Patterson | Planes & Mountains', Galerie Lisa Kandlhofer, Vienna, 2019; 'Based on a true story', Golsa, Oslo, 2018; 'Lucky charm', Galerie Lisa Kandlhofer, Vienna, 2017; 'Stay Up' curated by Ugo Rondinone, 39 Great Jones Street New York, 2017; 'Cereal Eater' Ellis King, Dublin, Ireland, 2017; 'True Romance' Marlborough Contemporary, London, 2016, UK; 'In The Trenches' Carl Kostyal, Stockholm, 2015; 'Seek and Destroy', Depart Fondation, Los Angeles, 2015; 'Panzers and Tigers', Vito Schnabel, New York, 2014; Forest Theatre, The American Academy, Rome, Italy, 2014; Patterson's works were included in following Group Exhibitions: 'Happiness', New York, 2018; 'Torre Coccaro', Fasano, 2018; 'Orange Julius', Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, 2017; 'No Name', Muse Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico, 2016; 'For Pete’s Sake', Carl Kostyál, Stockholm, 2016; 'East of Eden' (with Yves Scherer), Jeanroch Dard, Brussels, Belgium, 2016; 'Across 110th Street' Rod Bianco, Oslo, Norway, 2016; 'Eagles II', Marlborough Madrid, Madrid, Spain, 2015; 'Zig Zag', Honolulu, Zurich, Switzerland, 2015; 'The Go Between and The Ernesto Esposito Collection', London, UK, 2014.
Patterson´s works are part of the following collections: Brooke Neidich Collection; Beth Dewoody Collection; The Zabludowicz Collection; North Carolina Museum of Art; Irish Museum of Art.