''The figure is the embodiment of the human experience. It is the site of courage, joy, and love, of compassion, fear, and pain, of struggle, loneliness, and frustration, of sorrow, of loss. As a narrative, figurative painter, I use the figure to depict these universal emotions. A narrative is time captured in a moment. The synthesis of the photographic and the painted image, within the familiar context of the family, invites viewers to explore their emotions and transcend worldly barriers--perhaps recalling a moment from parenthood, or childhood, perhaps renewing a quest to understand the meaning of our existence. These moments display a benevolence that might be masking deeper, more malevolent variables.''
Patrice Sullivan lives and works in Phoenix, AZ. She received her MFA from University of Pennsylvania and an undergraduate degree from Massachusetts College of Art. She has shown extensively nationally and internationally, including Gracie Mansion, Jim Kempner and Robert Miller Galleries in NYC and the Gallery of Vaclav Spala in Prague. Sullivan has been member of the Spark Gallery in Denver from 2014-2019. She has had shows at Rhode Island College, Krause Gallery in RI, Somerville Museum and Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art. Residencies include The Edna St. Vincent Millay Colony, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s “World Views” Program, Maryland Institute College of Art, Alfred & Trafford Klots International Program, Léhon, France, Scuola Internazionale Di Grafica Venezia, Venice, Italy, and Chalk Hill Residency in Healdsburg, CA. She has received many grants throughout her career through the university, showing in the faculty gallery yearly. Patrice pioneered & initiated a study abroad program in Italy for summer courses and taught two semesters. Sullivan’s artwork has been reviewed by The Huffington Post, Artscore Magazine, Southwest Magazine, Westword, and Site Matters’ Book. Her work is in many private collections including Idelle Weber, Lisa Russell and..... Born in Portland, Oregon, I have resided and am a Professor Emeritus of Painting at Colorado State University, where I taught for 25 years retiring in 2018. Prior to teaching at CSU, I taught at Harvard University. Patrice received her BFA from Massachusetts College of Art in Boston and MFA from the University of Pennsylvania.