Landscape Oil Paintings:
Hyperrealism - incredible detail by David Patch
My work has been described as "Exquisite - like a Dutch Master"
The randomness and precision of nature presents a fantastic challenge to understand and interpret...
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Into the Light
Waterfall on the Routeburn Track, South Island, NZ.
The finished painting is 1.2 meters long. The frame was made by myself.
840 x 1202mm Oil on etch primed aluminium © David Patch
560x380mm Oil on board
© David Patch
810x1090mm (including frame) Oil on etch primed aluminium
© David Patch
Displayed at a gallery in London, this picture came within 1 point of winning £20,000 in the 2003 Not the Turner Prize competition with ten thousand entries based mainly on quality and technical excellence. It was an experiment using oil paint for the first time, I wanted to find out how far I could push it and how fine I could go with the detail.
Oil on board size 18x26 inches © David Patch
^ I can think of worse things to be labelled as! ^
Pencil drawing which I did in various grades of lead, to see how far I could push this medium. Size A3.
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About me :
This is something I do in my spare time, in between full time work, studying, and restoring four classic cars. For the last ten years I have been working as a Switchboard Fitter in Christchurch New Zealand. Originally from Bournemouth, England, I moved here in 2005. I survived the disasters in 2011 and count myself very lucky.
From a very early age my father encouraged me to draw a variety of subjects at home. By the age of eleven, I had a keen interest in photography. Following on from my school years were I gained O Levels in Art and Technical Drawing, I spent the latter 5 months of 1987 at art college studying technical illustration where I gained a sound understanding of perspective, ellipses and foreshortening, plus good quality drawing instruments and an airbrush. With the advent of computer aided drawing, I left the course and decided that the art was to stay as a hobby for the time being.
After the unexpected success in the art competition where I was placed second in 10,000 entries, I moved as far from my birthplace as is possible to go. Following my divorce I moved to New Zealand to start over. I sold my first oil painting for $13,500, then had an offer of $20k for the painting which followed. I have spent the last 13 years learning and improving. The time spent constructing switchboards has sharpened up my act and helped me to realise that you get out of life what you put into it. At age 51 I am currently serving a three year apprenticeship in Electrical Engineering.
None of my paintings are straight copies. I normally work from upwards of fifty different photographs of the same scene while thinking about my real life impressions of the actual location.
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