Artist Statement

Defacement is something that is typically inadvertent and undesired. Despite how unappealing a worn surface may be, its current state embodies character and the passing of time. My practice focuses on uncovering beauty found in the blemishes of architecture. I draw influence from interior spaces and odd textures that arise on mundane surfaces. Through a process of material manipulation and painting, I craft objects that are tactile and dimensional. Because of these qualities, my work is alluring and deceptive. What I produce is a by-product of a cathartic process of accepting physical flaws. My artwork makes space for these flaws to exist within and not be overlooked.

Biography

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 on the east and west coast of the United States. Stavens also occasionally performs as the drag persona known as Paxil at LGBTQ related venues and events in Maine and New Hampshire. 

Education

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

Exhibitions

September 2018 | Coast to Coast, Marin Society of Artists, San Rafael, California

June 2018 | Halfway Through Another Year, Bauhaus Prairie Art Gallery, Online

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

Recognition

June 2018 | Honorable Mention, Halfway Through Another Year, Bauhaus Prairie Art Gallery, Online Exhibition

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

Publications

Featured in: A Tradition Continues, The Times Record, May 18, 2018

https://www.timesrecord.com/articles/ticket/a-tradition-continues/

Commentary

"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