Patricia Bouley was born in Kansas and lives and works in New York City. Bouley received a BS in Psychology and Fine Arts from Southern Connecticut State University and studied at L’Acadèmy de la Grande Chaumière in Paris. Her work is in the permanent collection of The Cooper Hewitt Museum of Design, and The Museum of Art at the Rhode Island School of Design. Patricia Bouley’s graduate studies in the decorative arts and her work in textiles as an art director and color specialist led her to a full time career as a painter.
“The themes in my work have changed over time, but what has been consistent is my exploration of human emotions and the relationships that bind us. Painting and drawing are filters…a universal lens…through which I absorb impressions to create an expression. What I am seeking is a confrontation with the things that stir me…feelings, connections, and unresolved conflict. I am a visual storyteller. Much of it is subconscious…resembling a jigsaw puzzle. The imagery resurfaces as the pieces are joined.”
Patricia Bouley 2017
Selected Solo Shows
2017 Patricia Bouley / Off-Center, Prince Street Gallery, NYC, Curator: Monica Serra
2015 The Mind’s Eye, The Center For Arts Education Gallery, NYC
Selected Group Exhibitions
2017 Small Works Invitational 2017, Blue Mountain Gallery, NYC
2017 Nasty Woman The Institute Library, New Haven, CT
2016 4 Members Show, Prince Street Gallery, NYC
2016 Juried Exhibition 2016, Blue Mountain Gallery, NYC
2016 Juried Small Works Show, Upstream Gallery, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY
2015 Wish You Were Here 14, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2015 Drawings and Prints at Prince, Prince Street Gallery, NYC
2015 Summer: Gallery & Guest Artists, Prince Street Gallery, NYC
2015 Small Works Invitational 2015, Blue Mountain Gallery, NYC
2015 22 x 30, Manhattan Borough President’s Office, NYC
2015 Transmitter Studio, Estia’s Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY
2014 Pop up Show, Betony Restaurant, Exhibition Outreach, NYC
2014 The Conference Board, Exhibition Outreach, NYC
2014 Wish You Were Here 13, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2014 Art Jam, Hudson Guild Gallery, NYC
2013 Object, Image, and Text, The Center For Art Education Gallery, NYC
2013 Art Jam, Hudson Guild Gallery, NYC
2013 Concours Exhibit, Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery, NYC
2012 Concours Exhibit, Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery, NYC
2011 Art Jam, Hudson Guild Gallery, NYC
2010 Underground Painters, Lolita Bar, NYC
2009 Three Artists, Broadmoor Gallery NYC, Curator: Elizabeth Schmidt
2007 Tribeca Studio, NYC, Curator: Barbara Vigilante
2002 Tribeca Studio, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
1997 Grab and Run, Nolo Contendere Gallery NYC
Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven Conn. BA, Psychology and Fine Art
Académie de la Grande Chaumière, Paris France, Visual Arts
Bard Graduate Center, NYC Studies in the Decorative Arts
School of Visual Arts, NYC residency with Judy Pfaff and Louisa Chase
Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, NYC
Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence RI
Reviews and Publications
2017 Nasty Women Catalog, Edited by Laurie Sweet
2016 Review, Blue Mountain Gallery Group Show. Blog by Larry Groff, paintingperceptions.com
2011 Writer “Preservation” Color Pulse Book, 2012 color trend forecast, Benjamin Moore
Fashion Institute of Technology
Parsons School of Design
Rhode Island School of Design
Prince Street Gallery, NYC
Off/Balance is an appropriate title for Patricia Bouley’s first solo show at the Prince Street gallery. The artist seeks new territory by challenging assumptions, hidden histories, and the unsettled complexities of human bonds. The twenty-one small pieces and three large paintings that make up the collection evoke new perspectives by proposing a visual argument in favor of divergent points of view. By confronting her inner concerns … events and interactions that make her uncomfortable, unbalanced and conflicted, she offers both hope and reflection. The artist is a storyteller. She alters her narration to present both a halting and tender view. Houses tumble… chairs levitate… and floating dresses become metaphors for feminist ideals and struggles.
The artist has let go of the abstractions in her past work and instead embraces a new structure with imagery that evokes an alternative position for how to navigate the world. Her work has evolved on a more subconscious level…resembling a jigsaw puzzle that reveals itself when all of the pieces are joined.
The medium of choice in this show is a mix of acrylic paint, charcoal and rough-edged paper pasted to various images on canvas. The technique permits the artist to move the paper around and try different placements before the final position manifests itself within the canvas.
This ability to move and combine elements of drawing, collage, and painting early in the composition reveals new possibilities that provide her art with freedom and strength. The paintings are quickly executed with strong gesture-driven marks, layered lines and various thicknesses of paint revealing subtle undercoats of color. The artist has performed her research, discovering imagery in family photo albums, poetry, construction sites and advertising posters on subway rides to her studio in Brooklyn. The artist works fast, but the research for her work has to marinate and percolate for a while before her pieces emerge as a whole. That takes time.
While questions of color will never be settled while viewing this artist’s paintings, color emerges with subtle relevancy. She deploys shades of grey, green, and pink to deliver impactful emotional punches. It is no surprise that disarming images of cutting scissors, and marching feet that look like axes evoke memories of Washington D.C. protest marches and Nasty Women exhibitions.
It has been said that what humans most desire from art is insight. The heart-felt inquiry chronicled in Off/Balance reminds us not to settle for less.