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Elizabeth Patterson

Elizabeth Patterson grew up in Pennsylvania and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Though she won recognition from a very early age, her success as an emerging artist came to an abrupt halt in 1984. A severe crush injury resulted in a complete loss of use of her drawing hand necessitating two years of intensive medical treatment. Feeling uncertain that she would ever draw again, Elizabeth put her artistic pursuits aside and embarked on a completely different career path.

Fifteen years later, at the urging of her partner, Elizabeth resolved to return to her art-making practice. She discovered that her gift for drawing remained in tact. In her initial foray back to her artwork, memories of a much-loved Hawaiian vacation were captured in a series of brilliant aquatic drawings. The challenge presented by the subject material stirred the artist’s imagination and compelled her to begin a new body of work. Employing colored pencil, graphite and a touch of solvent, Patterson began to experiment with urban scenes but maintained the challenge of representing water in the compositions.

The viewer is situated inside a car. The car is moving down a city street or a deserted highway. Rain pelts car windshields. Headlights shimmer in a watery haze. Landscape morphs into a curvilinear field of waterlogged green. No matter the location (Los Angeles, New Orleans, Paris) stormy weather recorded with Patterson’s degree of fluency and precision engenders a profound emotional vitality in the artist’s ongoing series.  

Her work has won critical review and numerous awards including signature status in the Colored Pencil Society of America. Most recently Elizabeth’s work was featured in a second solo exhibition at Galerie Louis Carre’ in Paris, France. Click here to purchase the exhibition catalog!

In the United States, Elizabeth is represented by Louis Stern Fine Arts, West Hollywood.

Exhibitions

2001

Colored Pencil Society of America – 9th International Juried Exhibition, San Francisco, CA

2002

Colored Pencil Society of America – 10th International Juried Exhibition, Ft. Worth, TX

2003

Colored Pencil Society of America – 11th International Juried Exhibition, Brea, CA

2004

Color Pencil Society of America – 12th International Juried Exhibition, Memphis, TN

2005

Colored Pencil Society of America – Explore This! 3, La Jolla Ca.

2006

Colored Pencil Society of America – 14th Juried Exhibition, Albuquerque, NM.

CPSA Signature Showcase, Cornell Museum of Art and History, Del Ray Beach, FL.

The Human Element, Dunedin Creative Arts Center, Dunedin, FL.

2007

California Open Exhibition, TAG Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Colored Pencil Society of America - 15th International Juried

2008

In the Eye of the Beholder: Contemporary Drawings, Louis Stern Fine Arts, West Hollywood, CA

Colored Pencil Society of America - 16th International Juried Exhibition, Seattle, WA 

2009

Colored Pencil Society of America - 17th International Juried Exhibition, Atlanta, GA

Colored Pencil Society of America - Explore This! 5, Online Exhibition 

2010

Colored Pencil Society of America - 18th International Juried Exhibition, Loa Gatos, CA

Chasing the Rain - Drawings by Elizabeth Patterson, Louis Stern Fine Arts, West Hollywood, CA

 Los Angeles Art Show, presented by the Fine Art Dealers Association, Louis Stern Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CA 

2011

Splash, Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard CA

Houston Fine Art Fair, Louis Stern Fine Arts, Houston, TX

Art Aspen, Louis Stern Fine Arts, Aspen Colorado

Los Angeles Art Show, presented by the Fine Art Dealers Association, Louis Stern Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CA

Influential Element:  Depictions of Water, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA

2012

Elizabeth Patterson: Imagining the Rain, Galerie Louis Carré, Paris, France

2013

The National Weather Center Biennale Exhibition, National Weather Center, Norman, OK.

Awarded “Best in Show” for, Pershing Square, Los Angeles.

2014

Photorealism: The Everyday Illuminated, Jonathan Novak Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California

2015

Important Works on Paper, Jonathan Novak Contemporary Art

2016

Elizabeth Patterson: The Abstraction of Reality, Galerie Louis Carré, Paris, France.

Elizabeth Patterson: Paris and Other Places, Louis Stern Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CA