Patrick Connors, Late Summer Afternoon, View from Long's Inlet,
Oil on linen, 26 x 38 inches
April 5 - 28, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, April 7, 5 - 7 pm
Philadelphia's light, air, and landscape have fascinated me for over 40 years. They are an ever-changing source of inspiration in my paintings and drawings, most obviously in the landscapes. The exhibited artworks represent a yearlong engagement with clear, shimmering, or obscured light poking through leaden airs that reveal, enshroud, or hide the landscape. Encroaching shadows and dark skies are addressed, as are the cyclical flourishing, decline, and bareness of the trees and terrain. Not so much records of circumstance; but, rather, contemplations on the delight and vitality of life, and its mystery. - Patrick Connors
Patrick Connors' Reveries call us to reflect on the past and enjoy the present. Through his works, the artist shows us how it is to see a familiar world with the eyes of a love-struck admirer. Viewers see Fairmount Park and other nearby vistas transformed from local treasures into timeless icons.
Crafted with incredible skill, Connors' paintings show us the beauty of Philadelphia, bringing to mind Canalletto's affection for Venice or Turner's infatuation with London. Free from the need for literal depiction, his works express pure love of place. Painting plein air, with his smaller works, Connors experiences a direct and immediate response to the light, space, and evocations of a place. His large paintings expand upon his initial on site inspirations and his desire to capture a felt moment in a constantly moving and shifting reality. Preserving and communicating the 'fleeting' through the long and sustained process of crafting a painting, is quite a challenge.
A renaissance man, Connors uses all the tools at his disposal as a student of art history - light, perspective, and perception - to meet this demand. His efforts yield colorful, and luminous daydreams which beckon attention and appreciation. His painted musings reveal a painter enamored with his surroundings and yet willing to offer his own fascinations and artistic passions.
Patrick Connors is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the University of Pennsylvania. His work is exhibited internationally and is included in private and public collections. Connors has received numerous awards which include a Franz & Virginia Bader Fund Grant, an Oxford University Summer Residency Fellowship in painting and anatomy, a Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant for painting, and the Samuel D. Gross/Thomas Eakins Award for Significant Contributions to Medicine and its Surrounding Culture by the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.
Patrick Connors would like to extend his appreciation to the Franz and Virginia Bader Fund for support in the creation of the works featured in Reveries.