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Patricia Watwood: Allegorical, Mythological, and Narrative Themes

"I paint nudes, figures, portraits and still lifes in the classical tradition. I draw on allegorical, mythological, and narrative themes, and I want to continue the classical pursuits of representational painting, with my eye on the contemporary world, to share it with a modern audience. The recurring theme in my painting is the spiritual human presence of the subjects in the paintings. Whether it’s a “Flora”, or a “Bacchus”, or a portrait subject, I want the viewer to connect with the spirit of the subject, the soul if you will. One of the central guiding principles of my work is that we are spiritual beings having a human experience. The connection of the spirit between painter and subject, and between the subject and the viewer, shows the resonance of all human interaction. Formal training is the indispensable underpinning of my practice. I seek to follow and build upon the artistic intelligence and traditions of the past, and bring them anew to my own generation.


Bacchus, oil and gold leaf on canvas, 2008


The Boxer, oil on canvas, 1999


Vincent, oil on canvas, 1999






Music and Poetry, oil on canvas, 2000




Psyche's Doubt, oil on canvas, 2004


Ganymede, oil on canvas with gold leaf, 2007


Gemini, oil on canvas, 2008

I live and work in Brooklyn, New York. I am excited to be a part of a growing school of New York Classicists that are seeking to create beautiful representational paintings that will add our contemporary experience to the tradition of painting.

I sell through galleries, such as John Pence Gallery in San Francisco, Hirschl & Adler in NYC, and the Grenning Gallery in Sag Harbor, NY. I also do commissioned portraiture, and am represented by Portraits, Inc." --Patricia Watwood

Patricia Watwood has studied painting at the Water Street Atelier, under Jacob Collins, and also under Ted Seth Jacobs at Ecole Albert Defois. She earned her MFA with honors from New York Academy of Art. Watwood did her undergraduate studies in Theatre Design, and has worked in scenic design and painting in regional theatres.

Watwood paints nudes, figures, portraits and still lifes in the classical tradition. Her paintings draw on allegorical, mythological, and narrative themes. She continues the classical pursuits of representational painting, with an eye on the contemporary world. The recurring theme in her paintings is the spiritual human presence. Watwood states, “Formal training is the indispensable underpinning of my practice. I seek to follow and build upon the artistic intelligence and traditions of the past, and bring them anew to my own generation. I am excited to be a part of a growing school of New York Classicists that are seeking to create beautiful representational paintings that will add our contemporary experience to the tradition of painting”

Watwood has exhibited in group and solo shows in New York, Paris, Houston, San Francisco and Long Island. Her work is represented by Hirschl & Adler Galleries, NYC; and John Pence Gallery in San Francisco. Her figurative paintings have been included in several museum shows, including “Slow Painting,” at the Oglethorpe Museum; “The Great American Nude;” at the Bruce Museum of Arts and Sciences; and in “Representing Representation VI,” at the Arnot Museum.

Watwood also does portrait commissions, and is represented by Portraits, Inc. Her recent projects include a portrait of the astronomer Cecelia Payne-Gaposchkin for Faculty Hall at Harvard University, and a portrait of the journalist and anti-lynching campaigner Ida B. Wells for the Kennedy School of Government. She has also painted the former Mayor of St. Louis, Clarence Harmon, for the St. Louis City Hall.

Watwood and her husband and two daughters live in Brooklyn, New York

http://www.patriciawatwood.com/

More Artists at my website: http://www.elisarolle.com/, My Ramblings/Art

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