Taylor Books showing UNRESOLVED: New paintings by Patrick M. Ruane
March 5, 2019
Patrick Ruane is an artist living and working primarily in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with a summer studio on the banks of the Muskingum River in Ohio.
Nature, sky, water and the effects of light on the landscape are his primary subject matter. Patrick’s pieces are one-of-a-kind oil paintings ranging in style from highly realistic to more atmospheric, suggestive and minimal. The work ranges from plein air studies, to larger work done outdoors, to studio pieces and occasionally murals. His work is influenced by time spent outdoors. Specifically by the valleys of the Allegheny and Ohio rivers, along with the woods and fields of the Appalachia’s Laurel Mountains, or from more distant locations that the artist has visited with easel and paint in tow. The work has a calm, meditative, sometimes melancholy quality. A strong sense of place and sunlight permeates the paintings. In Patrick’s words, “it’s really just a decades-long attempt to try and figure out the answers to life’s big questions through close observation and painting.”
Patrick has staged over 20 solo exhibitions. His work is in private and corporate collections nationally and internationally.
“The title of this show alludes to a decades long pursuit of trying to figure out the answers to life’s big questions through the act of painting.
Although I’ve been working on some of these pieces on again and off again for years, most of the paintings in the show have never been exhibited before. They were stacked in a corner of my studio under a piece of masking tape marked: ‘unresolved.’ ”