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Patti OLEON

Patti OLEON

In Exile

2018

oil on hardwood panel
24 x 18 inches
PO 99

The oil paintings of Patti OLEON are highly representational depictions of period interiors, gathered during recent travels to Budapest, Prague, Venice, Berlin, and Istanbul, yet, like a stage set before the opening of a play, these interiors are resolutely devoid of human habitation.  Highly detailed, yet unfamiliar and unplaceable, her depictions of interiors incorporate the distortions resulting from photo-documentation with a hand-held camera, using available light, and shallow depth of field.  She composes structures and intersections of light and form from sections of these spaces, and then faithfully paints, using old master techniques, what the camera records, including any oddities of reflected light, seeking the edge between realism and illusion, the tension between the known and the unidentifiable.  Pervasive warm light creates an ambiguous, sensuous skin that contradicts the motionless, powerful void.  The entire room becomes a still life, with a relationship between time and image echoing a Proustian sensibility.

Patti OLEON received both her B.A. and M.F.A from UCLA, from which she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including the Guggenheim Foundation, Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant (twice), the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Grant, Fulbright/DAAD Fellowship, Ford Foundation Grant, and an Ingram Merrill Foundation Grant.

Press

Patti OLEON
Press Release: Patti Oleon - Somewhere Else (2018)
2018-11-08

Patti OLEON
Voyage Houston Interview with Patti Oleon
2018-08-01

Patti OLEON
Wall Street International: Patti Oleon
2018-01-30

Patti OLEON
USA Art News: Patti Oleon
2018-01-22

Patti OLEON
ArtScene Preview: Patti Oleon
2018-01-12

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Visual Art Source: Patti Oleon
2017-03-31

Patti OLEON
Review: Arts & Culture Texas
2014-12-03

Patti OLEON
Review: New American Paintings
2014-09-01

Patti OLEON
Highlight: Art LTD
2012-05-01

Patti OLEON
Review: Artslant
2010-04-26

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