Patricia Colyer: artist: biographical details
It is an ecological truism that the greatest complexity is to be found at margins. Littoral diversity and juxtapositions of disparate landscape elements are the keys to Colyer’s work – seascapes, marsh and estuaries in and around her native harbour town, Lowestoft. With tutoring from various sources her recent mixed media paintings also reference sites further afield; giant scales and chromatic contrasts of Antwerp port installations; the Wash around King’s Lynn where enigmatic singular built elements – lighthouses - military installations and barns are fleetingly bathed in light heavy with cosmic drama. Works employing multiple marine horizons are also a strong theme. A period living in the French Pyrenees was a catalyst for exploration of Mediterranean landscapes resulting in works such as Jerusalem and Souk. Early training in graphic and retail design produced a strong leaning towards the theatricality of art making – reinforced by close observation of the daily marine drama of North Sea port life: ships come and go, briefly changing skylines, creating quirky juxtapositions of colour and form. Dark foreboding cloudscapes over sea and salt-marsh are redolent of stage set backdrops but closer examination of these richly worked surfaces produces visual feasts.
My oil paintings mostly feature textual reed-beds and salt-marsh estuaries. In the more abstract pieces I mix oil paint with bitumen and varnish to make narratives with dark atmospheric skies. I started in earnest as a painter in oils in 2011 alongside my full time work in a college library and since then I have been busy building a body of work to go on show for 2013-14.
In photography I look for multi-layered imagery and cityscapes as found in shop windows and for the sublime in the urban landscapes and industrial docksides. My 3D work is of old watch-parts and keys set into resin reminiscent of lives past. In old book bindings I find imagined landscapes.
My subjects, whether rural, figurative or industrial gather inspiration from the East Anglian shoreline, travel, history, and story-telling.
East Anglian Diploma in Design 1978,Gt Yarmouth College of Art, Humanities 1994, BA European History (Hons) University East Anglia 1997, Creative Projects 1997 to 2000, Teaching Cert 2002 Art & Design teaching 2002 to 2008, Lowestoft College of FE & HE, studied Post-Modernist Art UEA 2008, 2006 -2008, canvas-printing, 2009 to date painter in oils.…Read More