My recent paintings are pictures of things in my studio, painter's tools, props and materials-things that surround me and are an intimate part of my working process ie.-paint, palette, books, chairs, screwdrivers etc. The paintings are derived from arrangements of these objects often placed on tabletops, shelves or encountered in their own place without disturbance and sometimes include photographs and my own drawings. The subject matter of the work is the phenomenological, tactile and kinesthetic investigations these objects allow for. I feel my paintings to be abstractions rather than representational, in that I prioritize the physical process of making the picture; the sensual transformation of paint as material into a plastic art medium visually describing the objects as filtered through my sensory experience of them, rather than creating a likeness or even noticeing the identity of what it is I’m looking at.
Patrick Neal, born in Troy, NY. Attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and received his M.F.A. from Yale University School of Art in 1994. Honors and Awards: Semifinalist, Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2006, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC, Vogelstein Grant, 1995 and Ingram Merrill Foundation Award, 1995. Recent exhibitions: Alumni Exhibit, College of Saint Rose, Albany, NY, Summer 2009, Selected Works-The Italian Academy at Columbia University, New York, NY, June 2007, Floors and Walls- new paintings, The Chocolate Factory, Long Island City, NY, May 2007, New Work, Nightfishing, The Chocolate Factory, Long Island City, NY, February 2006.