Born 1982, Salt Lake City, Utah
Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York
Patrick Shoemaker received his BFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, New Jersey and MFA from School of Visual Arts, New York. Shoemaker has been featured in exhibitions internationally at Northern Daughters, Vermont; Gallery Wolfsen, Denmark; Nicholas Thompson Gallery, Australia. Fellowships include Artist in Residence Takt Kunstprojektraum, Germany; The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Mt. San Angelo, Virginia; and Artist in Residence at The Riverview Arts Center, New Jersey.
Patrick Shoemaker’s paintings are inspired by mythology and lore, rooted in American history, and folk art. While relying on contemporary vernacular, his paint handling and use of color is unmistakably his own. Using large amounts of medium mixed with oil pigment, this technique allows him to mix colors and blur lines directly on the surface, imitating a watercolor like texture. The paintings are at once iconographic and implicit, intimate and unknown.