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Born: 1972 Quebec
Education: Concordia University Montreal
Image: Jackie Whitty hiding behind Study for Self Portrait
Why did I do the 'Bird Woman'? I have been doing Bird Man... many paintings.
The idea of flying, freedom, movement, flow has been a undercurrent theme in my
paintings for some time now
The 'Tube Map' series of paintings are a modern landscape. Since coming to
London I have wished to do paintings of London. But Monet did Westminster and
the Thames. Pissarro did rural landscapes outside of London. Turner did so many
brilliant landscapes. For many years I searched London for my secret special location.
But inner resistance prevented me. It seemed redundant to paint Saint Pauls or
Big Ben. To paint in a traditional manner a landscape of London was not
something I could feel sincere about.
The Underground has a design, a structure, a colour field. It is something that
is the central nervous system to the city. Living in London for six years I
have travelled on the underground on many occasions. Watching people, talking,
having conversations with individuals, thinking, contemplating. Being stuck on
the underground, or being squeezed on trains. Forget about getting a seat...
Can I get on the fuckin' train... period. I really love London. It is a great
city. So the Study of the Underground paintings are filled with colour,
vibrancy, texture, transparency, depth and passion.
I hope this helps you with your questions...
p.s. "I am happy and focused on doing some new painting, the
sunshine is great, and the light is really keeping my eyes open and light is
entering my paintbrush"
Poem: Dear Theo (tribute to Vincent van
Gogh) (Sun Flower Man)
Vincent face the sun
hold on to your gun
Can you hear me?
I am a chair
I am a flower
Blowin' in the open field
Sunflower seeds harvesting
inside of me
Now there is nothing left
but these cold paintings
these vibrating portraits
and couples walking hand in hand
Do you understand?
Do you have light?
in this starry night.
Patrick John Mills 1995