University Museums

Title: Oaxaca Mercado De Abastos: Closed
Name: Painting
Date: 1990
Medium: acrylic on canvas
Country/Culture: American
Dimensions: 53 × 80 in. (134.6 × 203.2 cm)
Classification: Paintings
Credit Line: Gift of the artist. In the permanent collection, Brunnier Art Museum, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Object Number: UM2014.254
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Joseph Patrick has long been exploring both the serene and chaotic in his paintings, drawings, and portraits. He explores a moment in time, but they are not static scenes, displaying elements of the past and a sense of future movement. His art also unearths the hidden beauty in these moments, a luminescent color of a tarp in sunshine or the vibrancy of a windblown piece of trash. Patrick and his wife have been travelling each summer to Oaxaca, Mexico for many years and now, in retirement, spend half of the year in their studio home there. Hi engagement with everyday life in the market, a formal city park, or friends’ gardens have inspired his art. Sometimes the serene is found in the quiet of a closed market and the chaos in a riot of colorful flowers, Patrick examines these juxtapositions. He also creates unique quickly drawn portraits of friends and acquaintances, again capturing a moment, but one that is full of life and potential. Patrick received his B.F.A from the University of Georgia and an M.F.A from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He began teaching at the University of Iowa in 1965 and continued until 2004. He has been awarded a Fulbright Senior Faculty Fellowship, participated in numerous exhibitions throughout the country, and is in the collections of many corporate, private, and museum collections. With more than 40 years of teaching, Patrick has had a profound influence upon generations of students and the arts of Iowa. He continues to paint, photograph, and draw those moments in time where he finds beauty, whether in a market, garden, or in the face of a friend.