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When I look around at the natural world, I see that no object is a pure, single color, but rather a mix of incidental hues combined to give an impression of a color. The idea of discernible local colors or even colors that are interrelated in some systematic way doesn't make sense to me. Once I started applying this idea, of impure colors, the forms in my paintings started to break down. So rather than well defined forms, there are really only zones in my work. With different colors that are not pure within them. In order to work this way I need to paint directly from the actual object without mediation of any kind...

I  work outdoors in oils on hand-made paper. This portable approach dates back to the beginnings of landscape painting in Europe and America. Artists like Corot went to Italy to capture it’s light, and Hudson River School painters went west to record the shape of the continent using this method. This was a traditional way to study from “Nature”. In this spirit, I’ve been painting in remote natural areas – on protected and/or public lands in America’s western deserts and mountains. In places which are now threatened by population pressures and by the new political regime.

Patrick Malin was born (1963) in Philadelphia, PA. He received his BFA in painting at the Tyler School of Art in ’89. Graduate study in painting at Penn State University School of Visual Arts (1991-93).

Painting is Patrick’s continuing pre-occupation. He currently lives and works in Rhode Island. This current work grew out of a love for nature and the southwest landscape.

 Patrick Malin,  2018                                         

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