Cameron University will showcase the work of senior art major Austin Patterson with a special exhibition in the Sciences Complex. A painter and printmaker, Patterson will present a gallery talk at 3 p.m. on Thursday, November 7, to introduce the exhibition. The exhibit will feature 12 works consisting mostly of linoleum prints and oil paintings. The event is open to the public at no charge.
“Outside of learning exercises, my artworks are strictly narrative,” Patterson says. “The body of work I am building now focuses on a dark fantasy surrounding a character named Adkin and the trials he faces. Within this story, I guide the viewers on a visual journey exploring the folk lore, religions, and inner workings of this world of ‘Ex Nihilo.’ The main goal in this world is to seize control of the power to create life ex nihilo, from nothing. Much of my artwork over the last two years has been focused on the god of death, Donus. Donus is one of the central themes to this universe, being the first being to create life. It was only through self-sacrifice that he was able to accomplish this task; he gave his power to his creations to finish building the universe. The characteristic keyhole shaped hollow in his head and neck is testament to this sacrifice. Donus is only one of many complex pieces of this heroic and mysterious journey of gods, men, and monsters.”
A senior from Verden, Patterson is pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art with a concentration in Graphic Design. In addition to learning the ins and outs of graphic design, he has been building a large body of narrative works in traditional mediums like painting and printmaking.
A first-generation college student and a lifelong artist, Patterson was first introduced to the art program at Cameron University when he attended the VSA Fine Arts Summer Camp at the age of 13.
“It was an excellent learning experience that exposed me to collegiate level artwork and helped set my heart on Cameron University,” he says. “I met my wife, fellow artist Alexandra Patterson, at that camp. We would later become instructors at the same summer camp. I hope to use my classical and graphic design skills to become a video game designer.”
October 29, 2019