Kit Patten: “Making Faces”
Please mark your calendars for the opening of Monterey resident Kit Patten’s “Making Faces” on Friday, May 4, 2018, 2018, from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. You won’t want to miss Patten’s artist’s talk immediately before, at 5:30 p.m. Please note that the date is coming up right away -- the evening before the Town Meeting.
Patten has been busy. He made a decision to make a painting of a face every day during 2017, and he did not fall short! The artist set his goal largely because he finds that capturing a likeness requires amazing skill, as it requires not only representing a likeness, but, more importantly, capturing the essence of another human being. “When I succeed, there’s nothing like it,” the artist states. The list of portraitists whom he greatly admires includes iconic caricaturist Al Hirschfeld, British cartoonist Gerald Scarfe, Welsh illustrator Ralph Steadman, and Flemish Baroque master court painter Anthony van Dyck.
After living for many years in New England, Patten and his wife, Connie, studied yoga at Kripalu and fell in love with the beauty and rich culture of the rural Berkshire countryside and, in 2008, settled in Monterey. Patten graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in studio arts, and has exhibited in one-person shows in Vermont and Massachusetts, including one at the Knox Gallery, and Deb Koffman’s “Little Gallery” in Housatonic. His work adds a valuable addition to every Knox Gallery group show, and we are forever grateful for his generous enthusiasm in contributing creative, artful signs that announce our exhibits.
Known for the humor his work exudes, Patten briefly found a home as window dresser in the mid-1980s. The venue was an excellent arena for his exploration of amusing ideas that were realized as temporary spaces and vignettes.
Patten hopes that his work invites viewers to look at the world around them from a different point of view. Humor is interjected throughout his work. As he says, “I can’t help it, so I may as well call it intentional!”