What do I do?
My name is Patrick Hallissey and I spend most of my time painting.
My work is often based on observational drawing. The act of drawing results in simplifications of forms which influence the shapes and structure in my paintings, and I often weave narratives into my work.
I'm a long thinker and a fast worker. I draw paintings out, planning each section, but the actual painting is done in a very expressive, spontaneous way. I use bright colours and strong rhythms against more formal elements and motifs, to create tension and drama. My ideas come in waves and I work in very concentrated periods on a particular theme and go back to them sometimes after many years. The paintings are complete when I see them in different moods and feel no need to alter them.
I started drawing and painting seriously at about 11 years of age. I enjoyed the colour and marks that could be made with paint. Many decades on, I still do.
In Sheffield, of Irish parents.
Postgraduate degree in Fine Art Painting at Birmingham Art College.
In the South West of England.
Started painting at the age of 11 and it’s since become an all-consuming passion. Now a retired teacher, I paint full time.
A photo of me drawing in Seville, 2016.
Trowbridge Museum, Victoria Art Gallery (Bath), Pound (Corsham), Town Hall (Trowbridge), Richard Demarco (Edinburgh), Henley Gallery (Reading).
WHERE TO SEE ME NEXT
I am part of Bath Artists' Studios 'Open Studios' 20 year anniversary event. It opens on Friday 22nd September, from 6:30-9:30pm, Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th September, 11am-4pm. Pop in and say hello!
There will be an exhibition of my work at Bath Artists' Studios from Friday 6th to Tuesday 17th of October. The open evening will take place on Thursday 5th October, from 6-8pm.