Patricia Watwood : the spatial visual imagination
Open to the public; up to 30 people
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About the Event
The Italians called it “Disegno”. They considered it practically God-like, the artist’s ability to create entire worlds out of pigment and stone. What does “Disegno” mean in the modern academy and how can we fully develop our spatial visual imagination? Looking at past influences like theatre design, and sharing her studio process, artist Patricia Watwood will discuss the spatial visual imagination—the elements of composition, invention, and conceptualization that are essential to today’s figurative narrative compositions.
About the Speaker
Patricia Watwood is an American figurative painter. Watwood’s paintings explore transformative narratives and mythological archetypes using the human figure. Her oil paintings show traditional methods and a technical rigor that balance perception and conceptual design. Her most common subject matter is the nude, particularly women, in images that convey the sacred feminine. Watwood has exhibited at galleries and institutions worldwide such as Hirschl & Adler and The Forbes Galleries in NYC, The New Britain Museum of American Art, The Butler Museum, and the Bruce Museum. In 2012-2013, her work was viewed in China in an historic presentation of American painting, Contemporary American Realism, which toured six cities including Beijing and Shanghai.
Watwood’s solo museum exhibit, Patricia Watwood: Myths & Individuals was on view in two venues in 2011-2012: St. Louis University Museum of Art, and The Forbes Galleries, NYC. Watwood’s paintings are in private and public collections internationally, such as The New Britain Museum of American Art, Harvard University, St. Louis City Hall, Weill-Cornell Medical College, St. Louis University Museum of Art, and Culver Academy.
Her paintings have been included in anthologies of contemporary figurative art, like “Naked: The Nude in America,” by Bram Dijkstra, “The Figure: Painting, Drawing, and Sculpture Contemporary Perspectives,” by Margaret McCann, and “The Figurative Artist’s Handbook,” by Robert Zeller.