Artist Profile: Patrick Tyman

RICH WITH SYMBOLISM AND EXPRESSIVE IN ITS ESSENCE, PATRICK TYMAN’S WORK CONVEYS THE LIFE OF A MAN WHO HAS LIVED MANY. STELLA MARINO WRITES.

As meditative as they are exhilarating, Patrick Tyman’s works are a real visual treat for the eyes. Often portraying bold florals amidst a dream like landscape, Patrick takes the native flora and fauna of New Zealand and the vibrant colours of the South Pacific as his muse. He also draws inspiration from India, where he spent his formative childhood years. Upon his migration to England, Patrick undertook studies in visual and fine arts, before completing his Masters. It was in New Zealand – where he moved in 1996 after his years of studying – that he came to establish the artistic style he carries out today. Patrick’s work is warm but bold, soft yet mesmerising, and rich in haphazard pattern and depth.

For the now New Zealand-based artist, it is a sensitive blending of different cultures and life experiences that truly drive his work. Working primarily with screen prints, Patrick also dapples in oil painting, depending on his intention for the final outcome of a work. While colour, shimmer and vibrancy are suitable for one piece, texture by adding layers of thick, textural paint benefit another. Regardless of the medium, Patrick’s work drips with sensual elegance and outward expression that leaves the viewer captivated in a vision so dreamy, and almost psychedelic you’d lose sense of time and space.

Patrick is now the Head of Art at Iona College in Brisbane, lecturing in Art History.

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