Kairoi No 38 by Scott Pattinson
- Oil On Canvas
- 36 × 20 inches
91.44 × 50.8 cm
About the Work
Energetic passages of bright yellow, cerise, pink, green, Prussian blue and black jostle for position beneath white calligraphic brushstrokes that narrate a moment in time in this 3 feet tall abstract oil on canvas. This painting is part of the Kairoi series, a Greek word meaning 'the times" suggesting both a moment in time and the general zeitgeist. Pattinson's work may be seen in the broader context of the early 21st century resurgence of formalism and New Abstraction occurring in the US, Canada and internationally. This work is accompanied by the recent catalogue publication, SCOTT PATTINSON. In the book, Berlin art critic R.M. Vaughan is exuberant in his description: "Pattinson plays with the emotional triggers of colors, mostly by slamming together unlikely, even decadent, contrasting hues and then encases those associations, the metonymic readings possible, with harsh, cutting and calligraphic blackish strokes. A Pattinson painting is a bird nest built in the rafters of a disco, an ornamental garden behind bars, a severe steel tower struck by a hurricane, with all the pretty interior decor blown out and splayed across the strike zone." Pattinson studied architecture and urban design at Oxford University and the University of Toronto. Since 2005, Pattinson has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in galleries across Canada, including a 2014 retrospective at Gallery Stratford. His work is included in numerous private collections.