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Camille Patha, The Conductor

Camille Patha, The Conductor (1975), acrylic on Masonite [Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma WA, Feb 1-May 25] Collection of the artist

A Punch of Color: Fifty Years of Painting by Camille Patha

Tacoma Art Museum
Tacoma WA – Feb 1-May 25, 2014

Camille Patha: Irascible

Davidson Galleries
Seattle WA – Apr 4-26 2014

Camille Patha, Self-Portrait at Midnight

Camille Patha, Self-Portrait at Midnight (2013), oil on canvas [Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma WA, Feb 1-May 25] Collection of the artist

Camille Patha, Lucent Thicket

Camille Patha, Lucent Thicket (2005), oil and encaustic on canvas [Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma WA, Feb 1-May 25] Tacoma Art Museum, Gift of the artist

This comprehensive survey follows Camille Patha’s career from the 1960s to her most recent contemporary canvasses. A Washington native, Patha is noteworthy for addressing major trends of the 1960s and ’70s. Although her work is rooted mostly in abstraction, she has embraced surrealist tendencies, done figurative work and touched on issues of feminism – all while remaining committed to a personal artistic truth. A trailblazer of the generation, Patha saw her paintings exhibited at the Osaka World’s Fair in 1970 along with works by Mark Tobey and Guy Anderson.

While her artistic practice has undergone several stylistic shifts over the decades, Patha’s independent vision developed into a unique visual vocabulary that is apparent in her mature work. Her paintings of the last decade are her most accomplished, demonstrating a mastery of pure abstraction. Her powerful oil paintings are distinguished primarily by an unwavering use of vibrant colours. Though she completed her degree at the University of Washington, Patha also studied at Arizona State University, where exposure to the bright, sunny hues not often found in the moody subdued environment of the Northwest proved to be a continued source of inspiration in her work.

In Patha’s newest oil paintings, shown in the Davidson Galleries exhibit, the illusion of infinite space within a refined network of biomorphic forms and shifting planes of colour suggest an existential journey told through mysteriously beautiful imagery. Layering her bold colours, Patha creates an alluring luminosity. Her concentrated compositions reflect the passion and emotion of the complexities of life while embracing the pure aesthetic value of the painting process.

davidson galleries.com

Allyn Cantor

 Sun, Apr 6, 2014