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Artist Lou Patrou


Clementine: 11" x 14", color print on canvas, from the original black & white drawing, 2023
Clementine: 11" x 14", color print on canvas, from the original black & white drawing, 2023

I created two portraits called Clementine and Cornelius, (likely husband & wife) of large black & white pencil drawings on paper. I don't know why, but they felt like they were from the American gilded age, hence their names! I wanted the work to be jarring, beautiful and a bit comical. I created each as a portrait and added unknown bizarre elements floating in their compositions. The piece here called, "Clementine" is a colorized and stylized derivative of the original black & white drawing. I made this as a much smaller print on canvas for a gallery show here in Poughkeepsie, NY which is on exhibit through January.


Cornelius: 30" x 44", black & white pencil drawing on paper, 2023
Cornelius: 30" x 44", black & white pencil drawing on paper, 2023

I had a lot of fun with the original drawings which came to me in a few minutes, but scaling them up took some time. I spent a bit of time developing the floating elements for each drawing. In the smaller color version of Clementine seen here the elements have been left out.


Traveler: 30" x 41", acrylic on watercolor paper, 2022
Traveler: 30" x 41", acrylic on watercolor paper, 2022

The third piece here is called Traveler, which is done in acrylic on watercolor paper, painted with brushes. The premise is about inter-dimensional or time travel. The piece has two faces in it, one right side up and the other upside down both identical except for their colors. It represents only one entity that is spinning thru a dimension or time that has been stopped in a snapshot mid spin. I wanted to do something graphically busy with the background to make the plainness of the faces contrast.


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