Photography: E. VanPatten

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Thank you for visiting this site and taking the time to view my artwork! I'm truly grateful to all the people that I have met and that have shaped me into who I am today.  Thank you, thank you!

I operate out of my home studio in central New Hampshire which was a former funeral home where I live with my wife and children.  It lends itself well to a unique environment in which to be creative. 

They say I could draw before I could talk, and I have always taken to it well.  I have no major formal training, rather years of scratching away at things.  I was primarily an illustrator for years but in 2010 when my mother was dying from Alzheimer's, I decided to try oil painting and fell in love with the medium!  It is very cathartic and when my outside world is in chaos, I can control every aspect of the canvas and make anything, be anyone, have full control.

I love artworks which have a mood and in which the composition lends itself to heavy light/dark contrasts.  I find myself reproducing what I see for the most part in my art but have most recently in 2018 began making fictitious cityscapes and places.  I have become more and more loose in my technique over the years and allow the paint to do most of the work vs. myself.  I think you can see the progression in my work over the years.

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Fun facts: I have played drums since I was 11 years old and toured the US in 1997 with an indy rock band right out of high school.  I enjoy cigars, cycling, music, time with my family and podcasting.  I work at The Currier Museum of Art part time and have a regular day job too like most artists.

I think Van Gogh summed it up best for me when he wrote to his brother Theo and said:
"What am I in the eyes of most people — a nonentity, an eccentric, or an unpleasant person — somebody who has no position in society and will never have; in short, the lowest of the low. All right, then — even if that were absolutely true, then I should one day like to show by my work what such an eccentric, such a nobody, has in his heart." -Vincent VanGogh