Patrick Curtin

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Patrick Curtin, an American contemporary abstract figurative painter and draftsman, was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He enrolled in studio courses at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, but later transferred to the University of Illinois in Champaign where he studied under various visiting artists such as conceptualist John Baldessari, installation artist Judy Pfaff and photorealist Ralph Goings.


Having been exposed to and influenced by such divergent artistic sensibilities as an undergraduate, he began to assimilate different approaches to creating within his own work. Resultant works were representations of certain vivid memories from his past that were real or imagined. Those memories were visually depicted by balancing recognizable and abstract elements within a figurative framework. He has since described his work as individual “pictorial events” where “associations and occurrences within the memory being visually described are alive, dynamic and seem to be happening all at once.”


After graduating from Illinois, Curtin accepted a scholarship for a full studio painting residency in Arizona State University's M.F.A. program. He currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona and his work has been represented in the Southwest for over two decades.

Udinotti Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona, 1994‒present

David Anthony Fine Art, Taos, New Mexico, 2016

Udinotti Museum of Figurative Art, Paradise Valley, Arizona, 2016

Udinotti Museum of Figurative Art, Paradise Valley, Arizona, 2012

Phoenix Crash Arts - Icehouse, Phoenix, Arizona, 1993‒1995

Karen Casey Gallery, Phoenix, Arizona, 1993

Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, Arizona 1994

The Mercado, Phoenix, Arizona, 1994

Eleven East Ashland, Phoenix, Arizona, 1993

Tucson Museum of Fine Art, Tucson, Arizona, 1991

Yuma Art Center, Yuma, Arizona, 1991

Phoenix Icehouse, Phoenix, Arizona, 1990‒1993

Eleven East Ashland, Phoenix, Arizona, 1990

Peoria Arts and Cultural Center, Peoria, Arizona, 1990

Yuma Art Center, Yuma, Arizona, 1989

Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Scottsdale, Arizona, 1989

Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona, 1989

Yuma Art Center, Yuma, Arizona, circulating 1987‒1988

Marilyn Butler Fine Art, Scottsdale, Arizona, 1987‒1990

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