Three years ago, this very month, YBA wunderkind Richard Patterson graced the cover of W*86 with one of his characteristically alluring montages. Though we’ve always been fans, after his turn as cover artist we’d be lying if we said we hadn’t followed Patterson’s progress with particularly avid interest. His latest exhibition at George Michael and Kenny Goss’s gallery - Goss-Michael Foundation in Dallas, certainly doesn’t disappoint.


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Patterson’s larger-than-life sculptures, paintings and montages combine found objects, painterly gloopiness and photographic reality to staggering effect. The central piece of his second solo show in Dallas, The Kennington Years, sees the hyper-real face of Dustin Hoffman (circa Midnight Cowboy years) peering out from the surface of the canvas. Whilst Exile on Jackson Street features a scantily clad cheerleader grinning ghoulishly as she melts back into Patterson’s large, painted brush-strokes.
Reality and illusion collide in Patterson’s paintings. Using the commonplace artistic fodder of celebrity and the media as a starting point, he throws ideas of beauty, space and time into abstraction. Dustin Hoffman is not the only public figure subjected to the Patterson treatment – John Voigt and The Spice Girls are also immortalised by the dark plastic vision of our boy from the Home Counties.
Some might say Patterson’s Pop-art agenda runs risk of becoming a little passé, but the synthetic luxury of the paintings combined with his playful celebrity send-ups, sinister overtones and impeccable execution, in our eyes only confirm Patterson’s status as a true blue MBA (Mature British Artist, for those not in the know).