Young artist to watch… Guy Patton

Guy Patton (born. 1980, Peterborough, UK) studied his BA in Fine Art at Bath Spa School of Art and his MA in Painting at the Royal College of Art, London, where he graduated in 2005 and was awarded the Stanley Smith Scholarship. He was also featured in The London Open at the Whitechapel last year.

Guy Patton Young Artist To Watch
untitled acrylic on canvas – 180 x 120 cm

Continuing the theme of large gestural abstractions, which are very much in vogue, we have the striking work of Guy Patton who has shown at both Vitrine and Kinman Gallery.

Guy works on numerous pieces at the same time, with one painting often leaving the imprint of the previous one. There appears to be remains or echoes from one work to the other. At other times Guy makes large haphazard marks onto the surface revealing the under painting, working directly into the wet paint he removes and scraps off areas with a squeegee or a spatula making a distinctive pattern between the underlying colours on the ones on the surface.

Guy Patton Young Artist To Watch

Guy Patton Young Artist To Watch

There is a profound interest in the materiality of painting and pushes the boundaries of how paint is applied. Much is left to happy accidents and chance, with elements of one painting appearing in another, creating the sense of unpredictability and uncertainty.

We have in Patton’s work aspects of deconstruction, memories of previous pieces combined with a mixture of controlled marks and happenstance.

‘I could say I know a certain amount about how the paint will react but the element of chance is very important to me. What keeps things interesting for me is when a new development could happen by accident. The visible layers of paint on the surface are important in revealing its history but deciding to tape the edges it not important, sometimes I do sometimes I don’t – I am not trying to hide anything, apart from dirty finger prints!’

– Guy Patton.

Patton works on a large scale with most pieces measuring 180 x 120 cm, allowing the artist to be more expressive and physical in the gestures, the Abstract Expressionists of the 60’s knew about the power of size and the overwhelming sense of the monumental.

Guy Patton Young Artist To Watch

About Ben Austin

Ben Austin studied History of Art at Reading University. He started Catto Contemporary in Shoreditch where he was responsible for helping to launch the careers of several artists and showed Anthony Micallef and Banksy in a curated exhibition entitled ‘Perverse Pop’ back in 2001. Austin has worked at Art Review, before setting himself up as an independent curator and through Austin Enterprises he staged the legendary Frieze opening night show/party entitled ‘Decadence, Decay and the Demimonde’ at Home House in 2007, which featured art on loan from the Saatchi Gallery (Marcus Harvey, Liz Neal and Barry Reigate). He has also curated exhibition at the Blouin Foundation – ‘After Dark’ series, featuring acclaimed artists such as Alice Anderson. He has been on the judging panel for the ‘Young Masters’ prize. More recently he curated ‘Art Britannia’ during Miami Basel featuring a collection of contemporary British artists and acted as the initial curator and advisor the The Dot Project Gallery in Fulham. Ben Austin acts as an art advisor and dealer. He writes for numerous publications including Artlyst and FAD.