Patrick has a diploma from Heatherley's School of Art in Chelsea and another at The National College of Art and Design, Dublin. He has also been lucky enough to have been given extensive personal tuition by a close friend of Francis Bacon and a senior lecturer at The Royal Academy.
His main influence are Degas, but also Schiele, Rembrandt, Klimt, Monet, Velasquez, Ribot, Picasso, Van Gogh and some modern British artists: Shaun Ferguson, Jenny Saville, Byroglyphics, Caroline Burraway and Michael Clark.
âWhilst an element of realism is important, I try to move beyond artistic convention and avoid an image that is too predictable. Realism is not enough - what you take away and what you add to what you see are what transform a picture into art. The decisions and selections you make allow you to express the personality into a picture, this distinguishes it from mere photographic representation. '
I believe that the viewer wants to see a degree of draughtsmanship from an artist but they want and deserve more than this. I want my pictures to touch people personally and to be considered works of beauty. â
Urban artist Adam Klodzinski, known as Soap, who has been making a name for himself, in the urban art world for over 15 years, he has created portraits of a number of high-profile celebrities, but was honored to create an Ariel mural in memory of Jon Egging.
The result is a 20 foot wide portrait of Jon and the Red Arrows in full flight that will take centre stage at the Red Ball (in aid of the Jon Egging trust). Adam has established roots on the south coast of the UK, in Bournemouth. He was born in Bydgoszcz, Poland and was always drawing, his skills as a young man soon developed and before long he was getting a lot of credit for his work. At the age of fourteen he started using spray cans as the medium for creating his art. The Tag SOAP is his street name and identity when signing his art. All of his paintings are signed with a self portrait of him spraying the wall.
His urban and interior art works in Poland started to become popular. He was keen to take his artistic level to new heights with the use of an airbrush which he knew tool would give him the detail that he desired. Adam started using the airbrush alongside spray cans and the combination provided massive improvements. All of his art is concluded with a making video. These videos are time lapsed and can be found on you tube.
Originally from North Wales Gareth studied art and graphics at Flintshire and Loughborough Colleges of Art. Art, drawing and painting have been constant elements of his life since childhood.
Initially a freelance illustrator, he forged a highly successful career in graphics before becoming a full time professional artist in 2010. Gareth lives and works in his studio/gallery overlooking Swansea Bay and Kenfig Nature Reserve in South Wales.
This coastal environment and nature in general, provide Gareth's main inspiration but he also draws from a wide variety of sources including travel and everyday objects. Recording in sketchbooks, photographs and using mental notes, he has a keen eye for composition, shade and light and colour. Gareth works primarily in acrylics, but pastels and mixed media are also employed in a representational style that is accurate, yet not slavish, in its approach.
His aim is to simply convey to others the pleasure that he himself sees in his subjects, whether it be a place, an object or a specific moment in time.
Although a professional Artist for over 5 years, Howard has only recently entered into the domain of public exhibitions.
His most recent works show a very conscious move away from his earlier influences in not just subject matter but perhaps more noticeably in style and technique.
In this relatively short professional time Howard has already gained clients in the UK and abroad
His favoured medium is watercolour for which he has an enormous passion. This is clearly reflected in his work alongside traditional materials; Howard is currently working on synthetic paper which offers a huge challenge to the watercolourist as if the medium was not unpredictable enough to begin with!
Despite not being able to accept an invitation to attend Cardiff Art College in 1978, there has only been the briefest of lapses in Howard's commitment and dedication to his artistic progress.
Although Howard subscribes very much to a practice, practice, practice philosophy, he still finds time to spend two days a week tutoring others in the way of watercolour and other media
Howard's immediate plans include exploring the medium of linocut and printmaking. This is sure to be perused with the same tireless enthusiasm that accompanies all of his undertakings. He hopes to unleash his first works in early 2013.