Using photo-realistic details, Dane Patterson manages to depict meticulously staged disarray in his drawings with precision. He draws inspiration from objects common to our everyday life and begins his creative process by photographing models that are precariously and playfully covered in random objects.
With his distinct and particular drawing method, Patterson achieves photo realism with elaborate composition, in which he engages the figures and the objects in an interdepend dialogue, establishing a relationship between the two. The amazing contrast and textures as created in his use of graphite on paper, a feature of his work, represent the reality of specific people, objects and situations. Despite his ability to portray reality to such a degree, he manages to defy both time and balance, aspects we take for granted in the real world.
Patterson was born in Columbus, Indiana, in 1978. He graduated from IUPUI Herron School of Art in Indianapolis in 2002 and pursued a M.F.A. from School of Visual Arts in New York. His awards and distinctions include Artist Fellowship in Drawing, Printmaking and Book Arts, New York Foundation for Arts (2009); MacDowell Colony Residency and Fellowship (2010) and Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Competition Award Nomination (2010). He has participated in numerous exhibitions including that of Galerie Bertrand & Gruner, Geneva, Switzerland; The Proposition Gallery, New York, USA; Exit Art, New York, USA; Real Art Ways, New Haven, USA; The Morris Museum, Morristown, USA; Drury University, Springfield, USA and Gallery 32, London, UK. The artist currently lives and works in New York, USA.