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Woody Patterson's distinctive works of art are gaining growing attention from both collectors and art connoisseurs. Woody was immersed in the creative process at a young age, and later received a B.A. in Fine Art from Birmingham-Southern College with an emphasis on printmaking, graphic design and visual communication. His career in the graphic arts is reflected through his use of typography, geometric shapes and patterns. Permanence and authenticity are central to his artistic conception, and many aspects of works appear to be naturally aged or degraded, the result of a lengthy process that draws upon his persistence.


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Woody's most recent series of works are enhanced by re-purposed objects and materials symbolic of technology along with other complementary textures. Finished works incorporate aluminum, steel, copper, and electronic textures fused with a multitude of acrylic color bands. Woody's art benefited greatly from time away from his promotional efforts in 2016. At the conclusion of his 2015 season, he felt his current works failed to capture a broad enough audience and may have been a bit too self-serving. To continue down that path did not seem fair to those supporting and allowing such an opportunity to purse a career in fine art.

Woody's comments: "After three years efforts, I felt I was at a point where it was time to find that reasonable and realistic level of success or why bother. So, I thought, lets just take a year and try to discover what is a miss, evaluate various comments, and think more strategically about what might enhance my ability to connect with more collectors. Only a few weeks into this phase of reflection and refinement a situation occurred that was instrumental in me finding that new path. The timing of all of this still boggles my mind. Chris, my brother-in-law, the analytical software designer and antique electronics guru, partnered with Len, actor, movie prop ferret and scrap junkie, and purchased the contents of a 75 year old, out of business electronics company. This warehouse space containing everything pertaining to this business was enormous, and shortly into the process of sorting, scrapping and tossing Chris and Len realized that succeeding in the removal of all of the contents by their deadline was looking daunting. Well, that's when I got, what I call, the magic phone call. Chris realized I was taking a break from producing new art, so he was quite direct in recruiting me to help get them out of this jam: 'Hey Woody! Your not doing anything. Get down here and give us a hand getting this stuff out of here!' Of course, upon entering this massive interior to lend a hand, I was exposed to every sort of material, object or gadget associated with technology. From an art perspective, many of the materials and objects were too interesting to throw in the bin. I expressed that opinion to the guys and was encouraged to load up what ever I wanted if it had no value to them."

Re-purposing those materials required a graphic approach, so Woody began drawing on his unique linear style that he had developed and honed over two decades as designer. By meshing his commercial/graphic style with his organic/painterly effects, something special happened. Proceeding with combining new concepts, techniques, and materials required a great deal of experimentation and processing before achieving any completed works. Developing a technique that could unite these opposing materials and achieve all of the conceptual goals was a challenge, but well worth the effort. And now, it appears he is employing his true strengths as a designer and artist.



Woody's prior “Textural Impression” series of works feature highly undulated reliefs that promote a soothing and relaxing tone. Up close, textural and painting effects combine to create a multitude of interesting variations, while at a distance, promoting a subtle and tranquil resolve. Woody’s process consists of an assembly or collage of textures on panel. He begins by creating and implementing numerous organic and geometric patterns on to a panel. A number of acrylic washes are then applied and interact with the surface in a fluid, natural fashion. When painting phase is complete, multiple coats of epoxy resin are applied solidifying textures and providing a wet, high gloss appearance. In 2014, Woody’s original paintings have received critical acclaim including a “Best in Show” and second place in a National Juried Exhibition.

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