The Gallery 4 presents
"Thoughts & Feelings" New & Collected Works by Ben Patterson

"Thoughts & Feelings" opens Saturday, June 6th 2015 and runs through Saturday, June 27th 2015 at The Gallery 4 (206 S. Highland Ave., Shadyside, 412-363-5050).The opening reception will take place Saturday, June 6th 2015 from 7-11PM and will be opened to the general public with complimentary cocktails and refreshments provided by The Gallery 4. The Gallery 4 is open Tuesday through Saturday 1- 8PM.

The Gallery 4 is pleased to welcome Ben Patterson. Ben Patterson is a chalk pastel artist and painter who currently resides in Pittsburgh, PA. Originally an Arizona native, Patterson earned his BFA in Painting at Metropolitan State University of Denver. In the past four years, he has had the honor to partake in over 25 different exhibitions. Since being in Pittsburgh since mid-2013, Patterson has become an active member of the Associated Artists Society of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Society of Artists. Patterson currently is self-employed as an artist doing both fine art and street chalk art.

Patterson held a creative spirit from a very young age, however it took him over 25 years to evaluate the significance of his talents. Being a turn-key kid in the early 80s, Patterson grew up with a wild imagination and interpreted the world via television. By his 20s he started a family and discovered spray paint and urban / street art. In Patterson’s late 20s - early 30s, he received a formal education, discovered chalk pastels, and found an artistic niche in pop surrealism. Unlike other chalk pastel artists, Patterson seeks to advance the medium past the usual impressionistic landscape and toward a fresher, contemporary context. His smooth use of colors and contours, command of subtle and dynamic light and shadow, and his understanding of the corporeal human and animal figure - many of which would be at home in a natural history textbook - , betray the conventional use of pigmented powders.

Patterson’s pop surrealist style mixed with his phenomenologist philosophy synthesize into an image language that corresponds to a more universal human story. Many works juxtapose hyperrealistic imagery with more starkly iconic drawings to symbolize erratic thought alongside an experiential feeling. Patterson’s works ponder and elucidate upon social ideologies, pop culture, environmental issues, humor, and casual aesthetics. The Humanoid characters or figurative representations, belong to no one specific gender or race. Animals are often used because they too are a common visual component that is uniquely different by experience. Social ideologies and interactions are highlighted with tongue in cheek sarcasm; poking fun at, while embracing a new inflection point in our modern times.

Patterson on “Thoughts & Feelings” -

“I was a little sarcastic punk kid from the west coast and I think my art reflects that attitude. However, you can see the progression as I experience new cultures and viewpoints. These thoughts and feelings on the wall are about retaining who you are while embracing new ideologies as society progresses.”"

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The Gallery 4 is committed to redefining the nature of a conventional gallery. We feature works from a variety of national artists and local talent. We also carry a variety of limited edition toys and clothing. Fine art should be within the reach of everyone, and at The Gallery 4 we are making this a reality.