Patrick Palmer “My Imaginary Mentor: Alexej Jawlensky”
Redbud Gallery is pleased to present the works of Houston based artist Patrick Palmer in his exhibition “My Imaginary Mentor: Alexej Jawlensky”. On view at Redbud East Gallery from September 5 through November 3, 2020.Artist Statement:In 1953, the then Pasadena Art Museum was bequeathed with the largest collection of art from the Blue Four Artists that existed outside of Germany. These four German based artists, Kandinsky, Klee, Jawlensky, and Feininger were all key figures of the important German Expressionist movement in the first half of the 20th Century. The unlikely influence of this major collection on me, a then Southern Californian teenager, was huge. My family were not museum goers. My only museum visits were to the Pasadena Art Museum. Seeing a vast array of German Expressionist art had a great impact on my early understanding of art. I remember being fascinated in particular by Alexej Jawlensky. He had an entire wall of paintings of women’s heads that were seemingly similar, but wildly different. Typical expressionistic heads that were filling the canvasses, painted with primarily skin tones of reds and oranges. They had wild patterned hair that was often in shades of green. It was the first time I realized that portraits didn't require photographic likenesses. Jawlensky’s portraits used wild non-local colors, overwhelmingly crowded compositions, patterns, and fat juicy brushstrokes to express emotion. His influence has never left me. He became my guide and my imaginary mentor. His paintings influenced me in a way that even today, fills me with gratitude.In the series for this exhibition entitled "Judith," I used the image of a woman as my common denominator. Rather than use a single specific woman, I used a variety of women to show a variety of emotions, expressions, and spectrum of feelings.