Monday, August 19, 2013

Patte Ormsby: Wellfleet Revisited

"When I close my eyes to quiet my mind, the place I find is Wellfleet. I see the dark blue starry skies of childhood summer, Newcomb Hollow nights. I feel golden sand under me, still warm from the daytime sun. I hear the water, lapping at the harbor shore, as a soft breeze cools my skin.  I am floating, weightless on the clear fresh surface of a sparkling Dyer Pond surrounded by a forest of mossy green trees and a soft blue sky. I find a treasure of smooth stones beneath my feet in a salty low tide as a deep red Duck Harbor sunset turns the warm day to misty night.  This is where my paintings begin." - Patte Ormsby

The final solo show of summer opens at Left Bank Gallery in Wellfleet on Saturday, August 24 with Patte Ormsby's Wellfleet Revisited. The exhibit is at Left Bank's 25 Commercial Street, Wellfleet location and begins with a reception on August 24 from 6 to 8pm.

"Few times in the history of art are as symbolically and visually compelling as that of the Italian Renaissance," Patte says. "This continues to influence my paintings as I use elements of deep color, texture, gold leaf and pattern to present that sacred historical richness in a contemporary context. Using these elements in my paintings is my way of expressing the quiet solemnity or simmering energy of places that are sacred to me."

Color, texture and gold leaf are where the connection to the Italian Renaissance ends. Geometric grids and repeating shapes are layered within the scenes. Layers and layers of patterns and textures, in a mix of order and chaos. Through it all lies the richness of a renaissance. 

Patte uses unconventional materials with traditional techniques, applied in a contemporary way. She's drawn to aluminum-faced fiberglass board for its reflective and uneven surface qualities. Sometimes she includes other metals: aluminum or iron, with craquelure and oxidation techniques for textural interest and an aged quality. 

Building the paintings layer upon layer, Patte starts with brightly colored pattern, sprayed through screens, followed by translucent oil glazes and varnish resists for a luminosity achieved when combined with the aluminum ground. 

"I top this with imitation gold leaf, a copper and zinc alloy, to create the composition," she says. "I treat the leaf with a mild acidic solution of natural ingredients found in my kitchen, to develop a blue green patina or to melt it away entirely exposing more of the underlying shapes and colors, and enriching the layered effect."

It is only at the very end of the process that Patte picks up a brush!

Meet Patte Ormsby at a gallery reception on August 24, from 6 to 8 pm. Left Bank Gallery, 25 Commercial Street, Wellfleet.

1 comment:

Mark & Roberta Sherwin said...

"Can't Wait to see the new show ! Your artwork is always an inspiration for me.. There is a vibrancy and inner glow to your landscape paintings I truly admire. Your layering ,transparencies,rich textures & gilding techniques remind me of the wall paintings of Ancient Pompeii. A remarkable radiant warmth the seems to emanate from within and speaks directly to ones soul, to capture the essence of a moment in time.

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Congrats! And all the best Patte!

Mark Sherwin