Pat recently featured in a short doco by Trevor Bly
A review by Laetitia Wilson on Pat’s exhibition “Confession to God, But not mine”.
A quote from the summary
“They are also the kind of paintings worth owning not only from an investment point of view but because you could spend a lot of time with them. staring into them and wondering about their various possible stories and meanings.”
Earlier this year, Patrick’s profile appeared in the Jan-March edition of the Australian Art Collector Magazine as part of the “Cool Hunter Predictions” feature.
Quote from the magazine:
Patrick Doherty draws as if enacting an exorcism, feverishly expelling night terrors, succubi, imps and phantasms. Rat-like creatures gnaw at a Siamese-twinned king and queen who clutch the disembodied head of a deposed royal rival; the moon waxes complete with jagged piranha teeth; a town burns in ritual cleansing while a ragged gravedigger toils. Elsewhere two pregnant witches do battle while deformed, leprous angels pay witness. In a major work featured in the 2007 Primavera exhibition at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art, an apocalyptic religious war had broken out as dog soldiers bearing crusader crosses forged murky waters, rifles raised as the Mekong coursed through Jerusalem. Zombies clawed from the ground in a re-enactment of the Last Judgment and emaciated slaves carried wrapped, plague-ridden corpses. Elsewhere, suitably it would seem, he evokes the powers of Silenus – the god of drunkenness – while the spirit of Hieronymus Bosch, no doubt another imbiber of ergot fungi, floats throughout the gallery.
Doherty works on paper, an approach that lends an air of immediacy and urgency to his work. Doherty would have been well placed as some kind of medieval street artist but in other respects he could not be more contemporary. Like a number of other contemporary Australian practitioners, Doherty owes much to the street.
From the world of graffiti he evolved to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in painting with a highly commended award from Curtin University. But Doherty has retained the urgency of graffiti, seamlessly melding the rapid-fire wall work street art with nods to Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly and Otto Dix while resurrecting the monks illuminating holy scripture in candle-lit cells and capturing the end-of-days sensibility of the here and now as we await the rapture.
Chrissie Parrott Performance Company brings together an exceptional creative team of Western Australian artists to explore this multi-art production incorporatng dance, music, large scale painted artworks and text.
This is a journey to bring the artwork of West Australian visual artist Patrick Doherty to life through theatre. During a series of intensive workshops, exploring all aspects of sound, movement, text and design, a rigorous foundation for the production is built.
The characters inhabiting Doherty’s canvases, half animal/half human, are sketched as if they were passing thoughts, nightmares or the effluence of a disturbed subconscious. Writer Reg Cribb describes Doherty’s work as “paintings that seize one by the jugular, kick down the doors of perception and suggest a myriad of stories full of darkness and wonder.”
Parrott’s distinctive theatrical style explores all aspects of the human condition through the absurd, the romantic and animalistic, and offers a unique approach to extend Doherty’s artworks into the theatrical arena.
Director/ Choreographer Chrissie Parrott
Visual Artist Patrick Doherty
Writer Reg Cribb
Composer Jonathan Mustard
Performers Kate Hall, George Shevtsov, Claudia Alessi, Rhiannon Newton, Russell Leonard, Kirsty Hillhouse, Tom Penney and Scott Ewen
Musician Tristen Parr
Produced by Performing Lines WA
Pat did an exhibition at the Venn Gallery earlier this year which turned out to be a huge success. Here are some pictures and details courtesy of the Venn Gallery.
|Tales Of Hierarchy|
4 May – 8 June 2012
Western Australian artist Patrick Doherty presents Tales of Hierarchy, a solo exhibition featuring a new series of paintings and drawings. Doherty is known for his free-style figurative illustrations that portray fantastic sequences and contain rich colourful imagery. These epic, imaginative landscapes echo with ancient mythologies, often referencing spiritual, bodily and religious iconography to captivate and confront viewers.
In Tales of Hierarchy, Doherty further explores these methods and focuses on both current and historical power structures as well as the relevant forces at play within these, including the distribution and creation of wealth, capitalism and politics. Doherty illuminates these concepts by exposing a mythical world where an array of characters partake in a sphere of constant struggle, where some players are left wielding power and others defeated. These new works exist as contemporary morality tales that search for understanding and provoke viewers to consider how these stories encourage reflection about Australian society today.
It’s only taken 3 years but Patrick’s website has finally been updated. Expect to see more regular updates from now on.