Patrick Alston is an abstract painter whose practice focuses on gesture and materiality. Though abstraction, Patrick Alston‘s work forms a reflection on socio-politics, identity, language and the psychology of color. His re-contextualized subjects, and rich and complex compositions are expressed through gestural mark making and the combination of various materials.
In his work, the artist draws on the relation between image and language. The selection of his titles plays a crucial role within the artist’s process. Comparing the abstraction of painting to Black English Vernacular as a form of language abstraction, Alston investigates different forms of language, understanding and perception. His visual language relates to painting, traditional New York graffiti culture, interwoven materials and fabrics, and generates a medium to project the unwritten aesthetic of the deconstructed landscape. Aware of traditional art history, Alston refers to Raymond Saunders, Cy Twombly, Mark Bradford and Basquiat as influential artistic figures.
The artist employs varied materials including oil, acrylic and spray paint, raisin, canvas, fabric and/or plastic. Patrick Alston's technique forms an intersection of various layers with different textures which inform tension and balance in his work, often in the form of grids and squares.
"Painting, specifically abstraction, can express emotions and feelings inexpressible by words or iconography. It is a language unto itself. A way in which I can express aspects of myself only understood by my core inner being."
– Patrick Alston
Patrick Alston, born in 1991 in New York, NY, US. He grew up in the South Bronx of New York, and attended Wabash College in Crawfordsville, IN, US, studying Art and Psychology. He has had various solo and group exhibitions in New York and throughout the US. Patrick Alston lives and works in New York, US.