Patrick McDonnell McDonnell
I am a native of Houston, Texas, and currently reside in Denver, Colorado. I lived in the Chicago suburbs for many years before that. As a former college professor I taught art history, drawing, design, painting, color theory, video editing, graphic design, web design, animation, and game art.
This site represents the past 18 years of work. The home page is my latest work. It reflects modernist sensibilities. It is about design and color. It is an exploration of drawing principles and design parameters. The art is conceptual and the subject is arbitrary. The essential constraint of the work is “the dual nature of perception”. How we see and how we process images. Each image has to be flat and show depth. Sometimes it is achieved through layering the paint as in "#16", 2013, and others it is accomplished through perspective and volume seen in "Variation on 9 lines" 2016.
I was a student of Bruno Andrade. His instructor was Al Held at the University of Michigan and Al Held was a protege of Hans Hoffman. Hans Hoffman and his theories of color and the physical nature of paint are the driving force behind the work. Add to that the reflective nature of introspection. Carl Jung was my greatest influence with regard to psychology. As a college student I followed his ideas of the universal in humankind. I still like the mythology, of how humanities past, influences the present, how a focus on abstract painting can take one on a journey of self discovery. Subjects covered in his compilation of essays, "The Undiscovered Self."
The figurative work began in 2004. I enjoy the work of folk artists, like Grant Wood and largely, my friend, the artist, Mark Forth. I was exploring the poetry of connections made between everyday people their relationships to each other. I am enamoured by the works of George Bellows and Reginald Marsh. Both had a way of simplifying the figure to the essential and yet conveyed such life. Contrasting their imagery to the period in which it was painted. It reflects the style of the day, the dress of that time. I thought it essential to document the times we live in as well.
I have had the opportunity to study the works of all of these artists at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Winslow Homer has to be my favorite. Having access to a collection such as this is priceless. It was the very reason I moved to Chicago. I needed to have access to one of the greatest museum collections on the planet. It is a metaphysical connection.
I have been painting for over forty years. I have practiced and created various forms of visual art: painting, photography, performance art, printmaking, ceramics, and sculpture. I am not married to one because I enjoy them all. Consider the work of Picasso or Calder, or of contemporary artist like Keith Haring, Kiki Smith and my friend, David Wojnarowicz. All of them exhibited no boundaries when it came to creativity.
My influences are Barry Blinderman, author and Art Director at University Galleries, Illinois State University: David Wojnarowicz, artist and author, 1992, Bruno Andrade, painter and professor, 2013, and the artists Sol Lewitt, 2007, Andy Warhol, 1987, and Gerhart Richter. Essentially my mother is the greatest influence on my art. She began taking me to art museums when I was old enough to remember. In lieu of toys, she bought me paint. She always encouraged my art making and taught me to be self-reliant, self-realized, and a free spirit.
I have a MS and MFA in painting from Illinois State University and a BFA from Texas A&M.
The website name, saidmore, stems from an early art exhibit, “Patrick Said More.” In 1993, the Pantagraph wrote a review of my exhibit and referred to the artist as Patrick Saidmore. When Facebook became a thing I was an early adopter. At the time one could not have the same name as someone else. Facebook prompted me to choose from a lists of options, one was McDonnell McDonnell. I liked the way it sounded. It was memorable. It was me, always trying to reinvent my character, or build on the image I had introspectively.
I am charmed to have known, the late, David Wojnarowicz, who encouraged me on every level of creativity. He said liked the idea of me changing personas. He encouraged me to explore my identity in what ever form. He encouraged me to act on my thoughts. He said to write everything down in a journal, keep a sketchbook of ideas, and follow through on every creative idea you deem necessary. Be an artist. Be true to yourself.
Nuts About Art 7/2, 2016
57thstreetartfair 6/4-6/5, 2016
Art in Your Eye 8/15 - 8/16, 2015
West Loop Art Fest 8/22 - 8/23, 2015
Lake View East 9/12 - 9/13, 2015