Year of residency: March - June 2015
Campbell Patterson was born in Portsmouth, England, and lives and works in Auckland. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts, from the Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland.
Patterson's practice is driven by every day experiences in the suburban environment and he uses a variety of mediums flexibly and interchangeably. He has a interest in observation and marking units and passage of time.
His short videos and sculptural objects have been described as walking a fine line between stoic pragmatism and repetitive absurdity, and his paintings have been referred to as stemming from his conscious immersion in the mundane. In his video work he documents the use of his own body and its interactions with his immediate environment such as Holding my Mother (ongoing), where he does just that, for as long as he can.
Patterson exhibits regularly at Michael Lett and has been invited to participate in numerous group shows in the UK, Australia and New Zealand including the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art in Brisbane, 2009. Exhibitions include Nestbeschmutzer at Southard Reid Gallery, London, There’s a Hole in the Sky Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney, Reason and Rhyme at the Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, and at St Paul St Gallery, AUT, and Unnerved, The New Zealand Project, at Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane.
He recently produced a book and working on a set of oil paintings on canvase involving many layers of painting, and some new performance/video work..
Campbell Patterson moved into the residency on the 1st of March. The judges’ commented; “Campbell Patterson is an exciting multi-media artist whose originality brings a freshness to New Zealand art”.