He went on to hone his craft as a framer and teach GCSE and A level art. It was then that he began to collage his work as a process he was working on with his students. He now specialises in portraiture using collage and heavy impasto oil paint as his primary mediums.
After living most of his life in Brighton, Patrick was drawn to and inspired by the vibrant Berlin art scene and relocated quite recently. He stocks up on old tattered books and magazines each weekend from the local markets to use as his palette. He aims to approach his collages as paintings by using blocks of paper as one would loaded brushmarks, always inspired by the impasto mark making of Lucien Freud and Francis Bacon, among others.
‘People and figures have always been part of my work for as long as I can remember. The move into collage happened when I was teaching art. Before collage I was working in heavy impasto oil and I was in between studios at the time so the convenience of collage was also a factor, it was a lot less messy. Working with paper still has a similar feel to paint and I always try to use the knife in a similar way to a paintbrush. I cut shapes that feel like streaks of wet paint.’
Awarded by the Royal Society of Portrait Painters in 2007, Patrick won the prestigious DeLazlo award for the best portrait by an artist under the age of twenty-five. He excites the art world with his unique perspective and delivery across Europe and South Korea. He also regularly creates collage illustrations for magazines such as The New Yorker and is often invited to teach collage workshops from various events and locations including the ‘This is Bowie’ (David Bowie) exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.