Grear Patterson

Grear Patterson (b.1988 in Redding, CT, USA) lives and works in New York, NY, USA. Patterson attended the BFA School of Visual Arts New York, graduating in 2011


Grear Patterson works with 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 taking place within a 16:9 or 4:3 format. These works pick up on the form of the setting sun through the shape of the composition. 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: ‘Flotsam and Jetsam’, Galleri Golsa, Oslo, 2020; '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.


Patterson’s works have been collected by institutions including: Brooke Neidich Collection; Beth Dewoody Collection; The Zabludowicz Collection; North Carolina Museum of Art and the Irish Museum of Art.