ROBERT PATRICK HARRIS


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Early on in my career the paintings were comic – satiric works on the foibles and occasional absurdities of humanity - quite funny, engaging social issues in a disarming and comical way. Growing older, it seems I am creating a series of memorials to the overwhelming odds we face. Oddly, I insist on painting them as beautifully as possible. Seeing my series on 5 major hurricanes, a curator remarked: “they’re so pretty.”

The content of earlier work addressed effects of pollution and environmental degradation, emphasized by placing multiple canvases in sequential/cinematic order. One painting glows in the dark. Another is a zoetrope of a boy trying to kill a frog. Over 40 years, my stylistic approach ato painting has changed from impasted cartoons to expressive realism to "who knows what I should call these"? The content of current work addresses the phenomenon of global warming.

To me, paintings are ideas. I take an image and imagine it on a template that resembles the national flag of Greece. Changes are made during its fabrication. The method ofapainting is precise. With this in mind, here's a sample: I painted a set of clocks of four time zones in the continental United States as a way to paint about the abstract concept of time and devices that keep time. They don’t appear to be clocks - they look like runes, divining a truth without explaining it. Another interesting clock is the Dooms Day Clock invented by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists in 1947. The clock is re-set annually to inform the public about threats to the survival and development of humanity from nuclear weapons, climate change and disruptive technology. I painted one in fluorescent red and yellow that does not calibrate a specific time to midnight, which is rather the point when considering an actual doomsday.

In a set of 5 paintings, an image of the Cyclone roller coaster on Coney Island is visible. Each painting is named after one of the more severe, recent cyclones/hurricanes in the USA:
Katrina, Sandy, Irma, Harvey, and Maria. To me, weather has become a roller coaster of extreme events - less predictable, more severe.

In a recent set of 4 paintings titled
Snow, an image of Mount Denali is painted. Half the snow is yellow, half the snow is white. As a child, my friends would say: “Don’t eat yellow snow it’s been pissed on”. Current works extend this theme, painting a television test pattern with instructions to 'Please Stand By'. Upside-down birds, polar bears in the desert, migraine headaches, deer in dried-up forests and gears that don't mesh - all subjects of work in 2021.

To state the obvious: I believe in this work.


Solo Exhibitions

2019 Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
2015 The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos, Los Alamos, NM
2014 Greg Bennett Contemporary, Palm Desert, CA
2011 The Downtown Subscription Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2009 The Downtown Subscription Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2007 Trinidad Art Center, Trinidad, Colorado
2006 Tadu Contemporary Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2004 One Point Gallery, Denver, Colorado
2001 Washington Pavilion of Arts and Sciences, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
2000 LewAllen Contemporary Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
1998 LewAllen Contemporary Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
1997 South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota
1996 Galeria El Zocalo, Santa Fe, New Mexico
1994 The Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico
1993 Aura Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
1992 UMC Arts Center, University of Colorado-Boulder, Boulder, Colorado
1985 Harris Gallery, Houston, Texas


Collective Exhibitions

2019 Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2018 Yares Art Projects, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Adams State University, Alamosa, Colorado
2015 The Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, Montana
2014 Greg Bennett Contemporary, Palm Desert, California
2013 Greg Bennett Contemporary, Palm Desert, California
2011 The Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2009 Washington Pavilion of Arts and Sciences, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Trinidad Art Center, Trinidad, Colorado
2006 Tadu Contemporary Art Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2005 Tadu Contemporary Art Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2003 Fuller Art Center, Los Alamos, New Mexico
The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos, Los Alamos, New Mexico
El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2002 LewAllen Contemporary Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2001 LewAllen Contemporary Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
1997 Sheldon Art Museum, Lincoln, Nebraska
Cline LewAllen Contemporary Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
1996 SITE Santa Fe: Contemporary Art in New Mexico, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Cline LewAllen Contemporary Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico
1992 The Armory for the Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico
1989 College of Santa Fe Fine Arts Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Long Beach Art Association, Long Beach, California
1987 Pallazio de Bellas Artes, Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico
Museo de Arte INBA, Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
1986 Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Greene Street Gallery, New York, New York
1985 Mussavi Gallery, New York, New York
Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, Texas

Education

1977 Bachelor of Science, Fine Art, South Dakota State University,
Brookings, South Dakota
1981 Master of Fine Arts, Painting, The University of Wisconsin-Madison,
Madison, Wisconsin

Awards

2015 Faculty Initiative Award, $3,500 Award, University of New Mexico-Los
Alamos
2011 USA Project Grant, United States Artists, $4,459 Award
Los Angeles, California
2003 Best of Show, $1,000 Award, Contemporary Art: 2003, The Fuller Arts
Center, Los Alamos, New Mexico
2000 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Individual Support Grant, $20,000 Award,
New York, New York
1997 F.O. Butler Award: Excellence in Education, $2,500 Award, South
Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota
1989 Best of Show, New Mexico Invitational: Selections ’89, $1,000 Award
College of Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico
1985 First Award: National Art Competition: New American Talent, $1,000
Award, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, Texas
1985 First Place: Painting, International Art Competition, Scarsdale/MetroArt,
Mussavi Gallery and other sites, New York, New York
1980 Scholarship, The Graduate School, University of Wisconsin-Madison,
Madison, Wisconsin


Books and Publications

Dec. 2000 Architectural Digest, “La Posada de Santa Fe”, p. 222

Oct. 2000 New American Paintings, Book XXX, Open Studios Press, pp. 82-5.
Publisher: H.I. Gliick, Editor: Steven Zevitas

May 2000 THE Magazine, “The Universe of Patrick Harris”, Interview,
Editor: Guy Cross. Cover & pp. 12-13

Dec. 1998 Art Now Gallery Guide – SouthWest, Cover & article, page 17

Nov. 1998 New American Paintings, Book XVIII, Vol. 3, Number 6, Open
Studios Press, pp. 72-5, Publisher: H.I. Gliick, Editor: S. Zevitas

1996 Contemporary Art in New Mexico
Author: Jan Adlmann, Editor: Barbara McIntyre
Craftsman House, pp. 94-7

Nov. 1995 New American Paintings, Volume I, Number 5, Open Studios
Press, pp. 62-3. Publisher: H.I. Gliick, Editor: Steven Zevitas

May 1994 THE Magazine, Editor: Guy Cross. Review page 51

Mar. 1994 Patrick Harris: Rescuing Something of Substance: Catalog for the
Exhibit, Diane Armitage, Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe

Articles & reviews

Dec 3, 2006 Santa Fe New Mexican: Pasatiempo Cover. Review, pp. 48-49
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Dec 10, 2006 The Albuquerque Journal: Venue. Review page S-8
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Mar 25, 2005 Santa Fe New Mexican: Pasatiempo Cover. Review page 44
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Jan 21, 2005 The Albuquerque Journal: Venue. Review page S-4
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Feb 18, 2005 The Albuquerque Journal: Venue. Review page S-8
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Jan 3, 2003 Santa Fe New Mexican: Pasatiempo. Review, pp. 36-37
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Nov 17, 2000 Santa Fe New Mexican: Pasatiempo. Article page 14
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Dec 4, 1998 Santa Fe New Mexican: Pasatiempo Cover. Article page 20
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Jan 31, 1997 Santa Fe New Mexican: Pasatiempo. Article page 4
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Sept 11, 1996 The Santa Fe Reporter. Review page 31
Santa Fe, New Mexico
April 7, 1994 The Albuquerque Journal: North. Review page 4
Albuquerque, New Mexico
May 1994 THE Magazine. Review page 51 Santa Fe, New Mexico

Sept 13, 1992 The Denver Post, Lively Arts Section. Article page 1
Denver, Colorado
Aug 28, 1992 The Colorado Daily. Review pp. 47-53
Boulder, Colorado