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Charles Patrick

Showstopper

Estimate:

3,000

to
- 5,000 USD

Charles Patrick

Charles Patrick

Showstopper

Showstopper

Estimate:

3,000

to
- 5,000 USD

Charles Patrick

b. 1965, American

Showstopper


Executed in 2020.

Mixed Media

24 x 24 in

Plexi box frame: 24 ½ x 24 ½ x 4 in. (62.2 x 62.2 x 10.2 cm)


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Excellent condition. Signed on label, verso. 


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Courtesy of Samuel Owen Gallery

Charles Patrick is best known for his intricately cut paper butterflies, suspended like museum specimens on individual entomology pins and clustered together to form icons, logos, and symbols against the backdrop of pristine canvases. 


Living in a world between the paper and digital ages, these works conjure feelings of nostalgia for the tactility of paper, created from vintage comic books, children’s books, currency, maps, and other obsolete ephemera. This stands in jarring contrast to the clean, pixelated designs that the butterflies form which exchange individual emotion for the universal immediacy of today’s contemporary visual language. Targets, hearts, ohms, and stars pop from the canvas in three-dimension- a fresh departure from the flat screens that are the norm today.


With a background in vintage poster restoration, illustration, and printmaking, Charles Patrick combines his love of paper, art history, and design to create works that are both strikingly beautiful and poignantly thought-provoking.