Artist Statement

My practice is driven by material manipulation and a desire to make art that uncovers beauty in the blemishes of architecture. I am influenced by interior spaces and odd textures that arise on surfaces over time. My objects highlight details of haphazard markings caused by human activity. Whether it be chunky, rough or bumpy, my work is tactile and dimensional. Because of these qualities, it may be enticing to touch. What I make calls attention to what is well worn and overlooked in familiar settings. Despite it being something that isn't wanted, defacement embodies character. My work closely examines markings that are casually accepted as part of a space.


Patrick Stavens (born 1994 in Rockville, Connecticut) is an emerging artist who lives and works in Portland, Maine. Since graduating, he has participated in several group exhibitions in select states along the east coast. Stavens also occasionally performs as the drag persona known as Paxil at LGBTQ related venues and events in Maine and New Hampshire. 


May 2016 | Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting, Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine


May 2018 | Art2018: 23rd Annual Juried Show, The Harlow, Hallowell, Maine

March 2018 | Art PM, BUOY Gallery, Kittery, Maine

February 2018 | If It Ain't Broke..., Abilene, Portland, Maine

September 2017 | Patrick Stavens, Martha's Herbary, Pomfret, Connecticut

July 2017 | In Habit: Practice and Place, Winner Memorial Gallery, Stone Quarry Hill Art Park, Cazenovia, New York

December 2016 | Small Works 2016, Main Street Arts, Clifton Springs, New York

June 2016 | 5th Annual Juried Exhibition, Arts Center East, Vernon, Connecticut

May 2016 | In Sensorium: BFA Thesis Exhibition '16, Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine

February 2016 | It Was All Very Queer, Artists at Work, Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine

December 2015 | Free for All 5, SPACE Gallery Annex, Portland, Maine

August 2015 | Sundays at 4: Pop-Up Art Show, Neighborhood Resource Center, Manchester, Connecticut


May 2018 | 2nd Place Cash Prize of $250 sponsored by McKee Law, Art2018: 23rd Annual Juried Show, The Harlow, Hallowell, Maine

November 2015 | Nancy Stewart Deming Endowed Memorial Scholarship for Excellence in Painting, Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine


"Patrick's handling of material is deceptively suggestive, and creates an instant engagement with those materials. It takes a moment to realize what you are seeing, and then you look more." ~ Bethany Engstrom, Juror, The Harlow