FREE ART FORM
April 20 to May 18, 2017
Lilac Gallery New York is pleased to present “Free Art Form” an exhibition of works by Dom Pattinson, of urban original Street Art that stands out amongst the Graffiti Art Movement from April 20 to May 18, 2017.
Dom Pattinson’s predominant influences are many-fold. He spent a length of time as a student living in the Soviet Union, and was immersed in the propaganda art of the time, and then Northern Ireland, where he witnessed young Sinn Fein activists with heightened passions, which were expressed with politically motivated public displays – Street Art in its rawest form. Seeing the irony in watching his daughters grow from innocent sweetness into womanhood also plays a pivotal role in Dom’s work. This is amplified by the ten turbulent years he experienced as a teacher, which allowed relationships with teenagers, other than his own to form, and whose stories and emotions allowed him to consolidate in his mind the dilemmas his own children faced, conceptually flourishing into some of his best work to date.
Presenting a unique collection of works expressing some of the most frequent adjectives that are used to describe his beautiful mixed media compositions often comprised of black stencil patterns enhanced with spray painted bursts of vivid colors. His artworks should nonetheless also be viewed from a political standpoint, conveying forceful subliminal messages left to the viewer's personal interpretation and understanding. Pattinson sources his political influences from the time he spent in the Soviet Union where he got exposed to Propaganda Art, and in Northern Ireland where he discovered Street Art through the works of Sinn Fein activists. In both cases the political and artistic confrontation was decisive. His other source of inspiration has been his own life: with the teenagers, he taught for ten years, as well as with his daughters and wife.