Patrick V Brown

b.1960

Patrick began his undergraduate education at the University of Oklahoma where he studied theatrical arts. He went on to earn his BBA from Southern Methodist University. His educational pursuit of photography began at Brooks Institute of Photographic Art and Science, and continued at L'Ecole International de Photographie in Arles, France. Patrick received his M.F.A. in photography from the San Francisco Art Institute.


He has supported the arts community throughout California and New York and he is a member of various arts and arts advocacy programs and related non-profit organizations. Patrick taught at San Francisco State University and he was previously a Visiting Artist/Professor of Photography at the San Francisco Art Institute for 5 years. He is also a volunteer at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art.

Patrick's fine art photography has been exhibited in various one-man and group shows throughout the United States and at gallery shows in New York City, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Carmel, California, Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona and in Brussels, Belgium.

He has also exhibited his photography work entitled Survivors Not Victims - Portraits of People Living with HIV/AIDS at the Scottsdale Center for the Arts, the Fred Jones Museum at the University of Oklahoma as well as the Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, California. His photographs are collected in the United States, Europe and Australia.

His graduate thesis work entitled Unnamed, was originally shown as part of San Francisco Art Institute's M.F.A. annual graduate exhibition at Fort Mason. The work was exhibited at Mumm's Vineyard in Napa Valley as part of the group show entitled, Visions of Excellence. This body of work was exhibited in Polaroid's ISIT Photography Competition. Additionally Unnamed was shown in his one-person exhibition in New York City in – Polo Ralph Lauren collects the Unnamed body of work worldwide through its Black Label boutiques.

Other bodies of work including Unidentified, Cintos, The Trauma Scroll Series and Orectics/Autochthon represent a bold new direction in approaching new mediums; whether meshing emulsion based imagery with digital photography, working appropriated images collaged together with his images partially influenced by Boltanski, Johns, Rauschenberg, Richter, Warhol and Wojnarowicz. Patrick's exploration into the developments of childhood trauma and prejudice as based on the writings of Elizabeth Young-Bruehl, The Anatomy of Prejudices.

Patrick also produced and directed a documentary film that addresses issues of child sexual abuse and efforts to reverse states’ statutes of limitations. The film, In A Town This Size can be viewed in iTunes as well as Netflix. The film received distribution in 2014 from through First Run Features based in New York City.

His most recent work Scrolls: Revelation Series explores woodblock-printing techniques by using large planks of wood, which are minimally carved, inked with the image transferred by hand rubbing and presented on vertical scrolls of Japanese gampi paper. The subject manner deals with the moment of an individual’s realization of a life-changing, traumatic event.

Patrick works and lives in New York City and California. 

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The Process: This work has evolved from a long held desire to work directly with the surface of media. I've always wanted to explore other creative disciplines that work directly onto the surface material: whether canvas, book making, silk screen printing, wood or clay. The physicality of the creative gesture holds a different kind of intimacy with making the work. Carving into a wood surface, rolling ink onto the matrix and hand rubbing these prints is very exciting and profoundly satisfying. The Subject: The images show the moments of realization of a traumatic event. Such events forever change a person's experience and perceptions about himself and life in general. Nothing will ever be the same after the event: a loss of innocence due to violence transference from war, abuse or some other trauma comes a revelation of one's evolving identity. 
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