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Patricia Bellan-Gillen
updated: 05/19/2011
website: www.patriciabellangillen.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Sedimentary Stories/Tug
Sedimentary Stories/Tug (detail)
Diver/Till Human Voices Wake Us and we Drown
Diver/Till Human Voices Wake Us and we Drown (detail)
Beautiful Stories Remix/Rocky J. Squirrel as Ratatoosk
Beautiful Stories Remix/Rocky J. Squirrel as Ratatoosk (detail)
Arctic Dreams/Drawing the Line in the Snow
Arctic Dreams/Drawing the Line in the Snow (detail)
Bouquet
Bouquet (detail)
Trying to Walk on Water
Trying to Walk on Water  (detail)
War by Proxy/Spy vs. Spy
War by Proxy/Spy vs. Spy (detail)
Embellished Icon
 
Portfolio Keywords:  animals, narrative, spiritual, historical
 
 
Sedimentary Stories/Tug by Patricia Bellan-Gillen
Sedimentary Stories/Tug
Oil, Gesso and acrylic on birch panel
2011
96" " x  164" "  x .5 " 
Sedimentary Stories/Tug (detail) by Patricia Bellan-Gillen
Sedimentary Stories/Tug (detail)
Oil, Gesso and acrylic on birch panel
2011
96" " x  164" "  x .5 " 
Diver/Till Human Voices Wake Us and we Drown by Patricia Bellan-Gillen
Diver/Till Human Voices Wake Us and we Drown
oil, Gesso and acrylic on birch panel
2008
84 " x  120 "  x .5 " 
Diver/Till Human Voices Wake Us and we Drown (detail) by Patricia Bellan-Gillen
Diver/Till Human Voices Wake Us and we Drown (detail)
oil, Gesso and acrylic on birch panel
2008
84" x  120"  x .5" 
Beautiful Stories Remix/Rocky J. Squirrel as Ratatoosk by Patricia Bellan-Gillen
Beautiful Stories Remix/Rocky J. Squirrel as Ratatoosk
oil, Gesso and acrylic on birch panel
2010
84" x  120"  x .5" 
Beautiful Stories Remix/Rocky J. Squirrel as Ratatoosk (detail) by Patricia Bellan-Gillen
Beautiful Stories Remix/Rocky J. Squirrel as Ratatoosk (detail)
oil, Gesso and acrylic on birch panel
2010
84" x  120"  x .5" 
Arctic Dreams/Drawing the Line in the Snow by Patricia Bellan-Gillen
Arctic Dreams/Drawing the Line in the Snow
oil, Gesso, acrylic, gold leaf on birch panel
2010
84 " x  120 "  x .5 " 
Arctic Dreams/Drawing the Line in the Snow (detail) by Patricia Bellan-Gillen
Arctic Dreams/Drawing the Line in the Snow (detail)
oil, Gesso and acrylic on birch panel
2010
84 " x  210" "  x .5 " 
Bouquet by Patricia Bellan-Gillen
Bouquet
oil, Gesso and acrylic on birch panel
2009
84 " x  120 "  x .5 " 
Bouquet (detail) by Patricia Bellan-Gillen
Bouquet (detail)
oil, Gesso and acrylic on birch panel
2010
84 " x  120 "  x .5 " 
Trying to Walk on Water by Patricia Bellan-Gillen
Trying to Walk on Water
oil, Gesso and acrylic on birch panel
2010
84 " x  120 "  x .6 " 
Trying to Walk on Water  (detail) by Patricia Bellan-Gillen
Trying to Walk on Water (detail)
oil, Gesso and acrylic on birch panel
2010
84 " x  120 "  x .5 " 
War by Proxy/Spy vs. Spy by Patricia Bellan-Gillen
War by Proxy/Spy vs. Spy
oil, Gesso, acrylic, graphite on birch panel
2009
84" " x  210" "  x .5 " 
War by Proxy/Spy vs. Spy (detail) by Patricia Bellan-Gillen
War by Proxy/Spy vs. Spy (detail)
Oil, acrylic, Gesso, graphite, on birch
2009
84 " x  210 "  x .5 " 
Embellished Icon by Patricia Bellan-Gillen
Embellished Icon
Acrylic, oil, gesso, graphite, glass mirrors on birch
2011
60"" x  60""  x .5" 

Artist Statement



Patricia Bellan-Gillen/Statement


After years of studying cultural, dream, mythological and religious symbols, I am beginning to believe that the most interesting signs are the images that appear and keep pressing on one’s mind with no explanation—unexpected images that flash across the brain when phrases like “war by proxy,” “turn to salt” or “separation of church and state” are heard. Or the nascent compositions that appear while revisiting the “Spy vs. Spy” pages of vintage Mad Magazines or hearing the opening notes (daa-daa-da-da-da) from The Rocky and Bullwinkel Show.   Honoring these puzzling visages maps the direction that I have begun to follow in my drawings.  In very simple terms, I want to make work that combines ideas and imagery generated through study and research with ideas and imagery that are felt, intuitive and enigmatic. 

I concur wholeheartedly with Arturo Scwharz when he states, “The poetic quality of the work depends on the fact that its creator is motivated by forces and drives of which he is unaware.  A great artist is an unwitting alchemist.  He explores the memory of an archetypal world without realizing it.  The motifs of archetypal symbolism emerge in his work independently of his will.  It is not the artist who creates the symbol, quite the contrary, it is the symbol that imposes itself on the artist.”

This current body of work continues to build on the use of imagery that suggests a narrative, remixes our myths and attempts to engage the viewer’s associative responses: imagery that is at once forgotten but familiar. 

I often look to the work of outsider artists for inspiration and awe.  I want to achieve a weird elegance.  I welcome provocation and puzzles. I would like my drawings to confront the viewer simultaneously with beauty and awkwardness and to mediate grace with humor. 

 I place great trust in the viewer. 



Artist Bio / CV



PATRICIA BELLAN-GILLEN


 SELECTED ONE PERSON EXHIBITIONS
2011 University Gallery, University of North Carolina Asheville, Asheville, NC
Elzay Art Gallery, Ohio Northern University, Ada, OH
2009 Zoo.Logic+, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA
2008   Zoo.Logic,The Erie Museum of Art, Erie, PA and
    Chautauqua Institute Gallery, Stroll Arts Center, Chautauqua, NY
2006 Kendall Gallery of Art, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids, MI
Butters Gallery, Portland, OR (1997)
2000 Fosdick-Nelson Gallery, SUNY at Alfred, Alfred, NY
1999 University Art Gallery, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM
Merwin and Wakely Gallery, Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL
1998 University Gallery, Miami University, Oxford, OH
1996 Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
College Art Gallery, College of Saint Rose, Albany, NY

 SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2011 Large-Scale Drawings, UMW Gallery, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, MD
2011 Gertrude's Lot, The Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA
2009        Monoprints/Drawing with Ink, Frans Masereel Centrum, Belgium
2008         Celebrating Darwin, Hopkins Hall and Kuhn Galleries, Ohio State University, 
           Marion and Columbus, OH     
       Big Prints, Rice University Gallery, Houston, TX
2007        Cattle in American Art, 1820-2000, Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY
2004        Flock and Fable, The Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY
2001-2003      Artists of the Commonwealth: Realism in Pennsylvania Painting 1950-2000, 6 
Museums in PA
2002               Mixed Metaphors, The University of Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie, WY
        American Art Today: Fantasy and Oddity, The Art Museum at FIU, Miami, FL
1999        Religion in Contemporary Art, Tacoma Museum of Art, Tacoma, WA