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Patrick Wilson

Field Sketch

February 10March 23, 2024

Gallery III

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Press Release

Installation photo credit: Jeff McLane

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 10, 4-6PM

Vielmetter Los Angeles is pleased to present Field Sketch, an exhibition of new paintings by Los Angeles-based artist Patrick Wilson. The exhibition marks Wilson’s tenth solo presentation with the gallery and will be on view from February 10 – March 23, 2024.

Comprising works executed from 2022 to 2024, the exhibition presents an array of hard-edged works on canvas that emerge from the artist’s practice as a perceptualist painter. Known for his meticulously painted and improvised compositions, Wilson’s canvases are controlled explosions of seductive, radiant hues emerging from a multiplicity of logic, pleasure, and whim. Throughout the exhibition, and within each painting on view, color and structure remain of primary importance.

The exhibition’s title Field Sketch references the traditional artist activity outside of the studio, as well as a process commonly used in various fields of science, where deeply looking, investigating, and then carefully sketching a subject, leads to a heightened level of observation. While the paintings themselves are not resultant of a traditional field sketch, the perceptual motivations behind the activity are what Wilson prioritizes in his work; slowing down, taking in, and being enveloped by what one is viewing.

Over the last couple of years Wilson has expanded his practice beyond the confines of the singular rectangle shape — choosing to abut and align two canvases on top of or next to one another in various iterations. These shaped diptychs complicate his exploration of composition and form, in the artist’s words, “there is a pronounced emphasis on the object quality in these paintings; almost a sculptural presence.”

The exhibition features four shaped diptychs, each individually rooted in the possibilities of red, yellow, green, and blue. The dynamism of these paintings is astounding, such as in the piece entitled Dangerous Curves, where the color red in its irreverent beauty, takes on multiple meanings and apparitions — from imperial nobility to quick carnage to erotic silk. In the painting El Dorado — a mostly yellow composition of vertically stacked canvases — a cascading sense of balance and alignment is subtly questioned when disrupted by various contrasting forms and unexpected tinctures.

Also on view are two larger-scale works, Green Dragon and Jacaranda Season, both of which elicit a profound viewing experience in terms of their seemingly simplified layering structure, allowing figure and ground to more clearly establish themselves.

Invoking the exhibition’s title, the artist presents a six panel, spectrum painting, entitled Field Sketch; a dancing continuum of spectral radiance moving from red through violet.

The paintings Extra Sauce and Long Weekend, fan the flames of Wilson’s ability to create multiple paintings within singular works — paintings in which slowly shifting picture planes composed of glowing blocks, held together by an atmospheric tenor, unveil themselves in their own rhythm.

Carefully finessed surfaces of fastidious layers of acrylic paint executed with an underlying trove of sensations, tones, and strategies, Wilson’s abstract paintings maintain that everything is in transition and that change is constant, especially the act of seeing. Wilson is an immaculate painter of sincere conviction in painting’s ability to provide a respite in a world built on speed, quick glances, diminished attention spans, and unconsidered existence. While acknowledging the complexities of daily life and the way the world is currently taken in, Wilson’s seemingly flawless but decidedly handcrafted paintings provide a place for quietude in which the beholder can once again engage in the pleasures of perception in analog form.

Patrick Wilson (b. 1970 in Redding, CA) received his Master of Fine Arts from Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA, and his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Davis, CA. Wilson has been the subject of recent solo exhibitions at Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA; University Art Museum, California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, CA; Miles McEnery Gallery, New York, NY; Marx & Zavaterro, San Francisco, CA; and Curator’s Office, Washington, D.C. His work has been exhibited in numerous institutions including The Ahmanson Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA; Guggenheim Gallery, Chapman University, Orange, CA; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA; Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, OH; Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA; and the San José Museum of Art, San Jose, CA, among others. His work may be found in the collections of the Achenbach Collection, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, CA; Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH; Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Minnesota Museum of American Art, Saint Paul, MN; Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN; Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA; Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, OH; San José Museum of Art, San Jose, CA, and elsewhere. Wilson lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

Patrick Wilson
“Dangerous Curves,” 2023
Acrylic on canvas
42" x 82" [HxW] (106.68 x 208.28 cm)
Inventory #WIL612
Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles
Photo credit: Jeff McLane
This image depicts an artwork by Patrick Wilson titled "Dangerous Curves." This artwork was created in 2023 and measures 42" x 82" [HxW] (106.68 x 208.28 cm). Its medium is Acrylic on canvas.
Patrick Wilson
“Field Sketch,” 2023
Acrylic on canvas
6 Works: 37" x 29" [HxW] (93.98 x 73.66 cm) each; 37" x 174" [HxW] (93.98 x 441.96 cm) overall
Inventory #WIL625
Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles
Photo credit: Jeff McLane
This image depicts an artwork by Patrick Wilson titled "Field Sketch." This artwork was created in 2023 and measures 6 Works: 37" x 29" [HxW] (93.98 x 73.66 cm) each; 37" x 174" [HxW] (93.98 x 441.96 cm) overall. Its medium is Acrylic on canvas.
Patrick Wilson
“El Dorado,” 2023
Acrylic on canvas
82" x 45" [HxW] (208.28 x 114.3 cm)
Inventory #WIL613
Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles
Photo credit: Jeff McLane
This image depicts an artwork by Patrick Wilson titled "El Dorado." This artwork was created in 2023 and measures 82" x 45" [HxW] (208.28 x 114.3 cm). Its medium is Acrylic on canvas.
Patrick Wilson
“Extra Sauce,” 2023
Acrylic on canvas
57" x 66" [HxW] (144.78 x 167.64 cm)
Inventory #WIL617
Signed, dated, titled and annotated verso
Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles
Photo credit: Jeff McLane
This image depicts an artwork by Patrick Wilson titled "Extra Sauce." This artwork was created in 2023 and measures 57" x 66" [HxW] (144.78 x 167.64 cm). Its medium is Acrylic on canvas.
Patrick Wilson
“Long Weekend,” 2023
Acrylic on canvas
57" x 66" [HxW] (144.78 x 167.64 cm)
Inventory #WIL616
Signed, dated, titled and annotated verso
Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles
Photo credit: Jeff McLane
This image depicts an artwork by Patrick Wilson titled "Long Weekend." This artwork was created in 2023 and measures 57" x 66" [HxW] (144.78 x 167.64 cm). Its medium is Acrylic on canvas.
Patrick Wilson
“Jacaranda Season,” 2022
Acrylic on canvas
72" x 67" [HxW] (182.88 x 170.18 cm)
Inventory #WIL603
Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles
Photo credit: Jeff McLane
This image depicts an artwork by Patrick Wilson titled "Jacaranda Season." This artwork was created in 2022 and measures 72" x 67" [HxW] (182.88 x 170.18 cm). Its medium is Acrylic on canvas.
Patrick Wilson
“Green Dragon,” 2022
Acrylic on canvas
72" x 67" [HxW] (182.88 x 170.18 cm)
Inventory #WIL604
Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles
Photo credit: Jeff McLane
This image depicts an artwork by Patrick Wilson titled "Green Dragon." This artwork was created in 2022 and measures 72" x 67" [HxW] (182.88 x 170.18 cm). Its medium is Acrylic on canvas.
Patrick Wilson
“Tasting Notes,” 2024
Acrylic on canvas
37" x 41" [HxW] (93.98 x 104.14 cm)
Inventory #WIL626
Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles
Photo credit: Jeff McLane
This image depicts an artwork by Patrick Wilson titled "Tasting Notes." This artwork was created in 2024 and measures 37" x 41" [HxW] (93.98 x 104.14 cm). Its medium is Acrylic on canvas.
Patrick Wilson
“Evening Gathering,” 2023
Acrylic on canvas
78" x 62" [HxW] (198.12 x 157.48 cm)
Inventory #WIL611
Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles
Photo credit: Jeff McLane
This image depicts an artwork by Patrick Wilson titled "Evening Gathering." This artwork was created in 2023 and measures 78" x 62" [HxW] (198.12 x 157.48 cm). Its medium is Acrylic on canvas.
Patrick Wilson
“Garden Party,” 2023
Acrylic on canvas
49" x 78" [HxW] (124.46 x 198.12 cm)
Inventory #WIL610
Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles
Photo credit: Jeff McLane
This image depicts an artwork by Patrick Wilson titled "Garden Party." This artwork was created in 2023 and measures 49" x 78" [HxW] (124.46 x 198.12 cm). Its medium is Acrylic on canvas.