John Patchett’s paintings are a fascinating combination of relaxed handling of pastels mixed with an ability to capture and manipulate those allusive qualities of light and colour. In conversation with John, you quickly get an insight into why he is an artist and a highly respected and successful one at that. “My paintings are essentially about the quality of light and colour. When I feel I have started to master these qualities, I quickly begin to realise the potential they have for conveying a wide range of moods and atmosphere”.
He is regarded as one of the country’s leading exponents in the art of pastel painting. He has held over 48 successful solo shows in Australia and England and his work has been exhibited in Japan, New Zealand, with the ‘Pastel Society’, ‘The Royal Society of Marine Artists’ and as a prizewinner at the ‘Laing Exhibition’, at the Mall Galleries, in London. Over the years, John Patchett’s pastel paintings have featured in articles in the ‘The Artist’ and ‘Leisure Painter’ magazine. He believes it is necessary to paint as much as possible on location, which has resulted in his work having immediacy and a strong sense of light and warmth. John feels that the hand can never achieve anything higher than the heart can command, therefore he chooses inspirational locations, where he can be enthusiastic about his subject and situation.
Galleries: The Gallery, 23 Lees Yard, Holt,01263 711040, Southwold Gallery, 64a, High Street, Southwold, 01502 723888 Mandells Gallery, Elm, Hill, Norwich. 01603 626892 Ferini Art Gallery, All Saints Road, Pakefield, Lowestoft 01502 562 222.
Publications: ‘Art & Artists Year Book’ 1997. ‘The Leisure Painter’ and ‘The Artist’ magazines (over 30 articles to date). ‘International Pastel Artist’ magazine, No. 11 (Sept. /Oct. 2001). ‘Step by Step – Art Course’ magazine No. 78 (Dec 2001). ‘EDP Norfolk’ magazine, Issue 62 – “Artist of the Month” (June 2004). ‘How to create texture in your paintings’, by Tony Paul. ‘Painting from the heart’, by Adrian Hill.