Toby Paterson (Painting & Printmaking 1995)

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Sculpture & Environmental Art


Toby Paterson
BBC Installation, Pacific Quay, Glasgow

Toby Paterson


Toby Paterson (Painting & Printmaking 1995)

Toby Paterson makes paintings, reliefs and constructions which explore the relationship between abstraction and reality. He has a keen interest in post-war modernist architecture which he deconstructs both materially and politically, developing a practice in which some works are almost understandable as architecture, while others are expressions of purely abstract form.

Paterson was born in Glasgow in 1974, and still lives and works in the city. He has exhibited nationally and internationally, and in 2002 was the winner of the Beck’s Futures art prize. As well as his more gallerybased practice, he makes art for the public realm, and was recently the recipient of several public commissions, notably the completed Powder Blue Orthogonal Pavilion, part of the Portavilion project in London and Poised Array, a work made for the façade of the BBC Scotland Headquarters in Glasgow. Paterson has also been appointed lead artist on the extension to the Docklands Light Railway for the London Olympics in 2012.

Toby Paterson's interest in line, form and structure grew out of skate boarding around defunct concrete buildings. He works in a variety of forms, from large-scale architectural wall paintings and sculptural assemblages to small paintings on Perspex, informed by post-war architecture, the St Ives School of Modernists (in particular Victor Pasmore and Ben Nicholson) and the pragmatic approach of the British Constructivists. Paterson's understanding of architectural structures is heightened by his interest in skateboarding, experiencing cities and buildings as micro-spaces to navigate, viewed as a series of surfaces to isolate and present in his paintings. The examples of Modernist architecture Paterson references can be seen to be elevated to an iconic status translating complex motifs from the lost dreams of post-war modernism into an aesthetic and social enquiry.