Pat Perry

Pat Perry

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About The Artist

“Pat Perry (b. Michigan, 1991) is an American visual artist best known for painting, drawing, photographing, and installing large-scale outdoor mural installations.

Throughout the 2010s, Pat became known for his series of sketchbooks and photos documenting years of traveling itinerantly around the United States. Simultaneously, his large-scale works and posters called attention to social causes through collaborations with groups such as the Beehive Design Collective, AptArts, No More Deaths, and the UN High Commissioner For Refugees. His murals can be found across the United States, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, New Zealand, and Australia.

In 2018, Perry’s largest body of paintings debuted in National Lilypond Songs, a solo exhibit at UICA in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In 2020, several works were exhibited alongside new works in a solo exhibition titled Song and Dance at Takashi Murakami’s Hidari Zingaro Gallery in Tokyo. Perry’s ongoing series of Recital works use a fictional group of performers who animate technology’s knowledge limits and emotional effects. In 2021, the works were displayed in Sensemaking, a solo show at Hashimoto Contemporary NYC. Pat works and lives in Detroit.”

Artist Statement

The process sketches on display were used to plan and develop concepts for six outdoor murals. The projects were eventually seen to their completion on the sides of two abandoned buildings, a rowing facility, an elementary school, a section 8 apartment building, and a plane crash site in the Arctic Circle.

Creative Practice

Full-time studio practice. The constant challenge is to find a balance between adequately planning while allowing the work to be playful and intuitive. Artists are tasked with gracefully solving the riddle of how to plumb the depths of human experience while also not taking ourselves too seriously.