Fleur Patrick is a contemporary painter, based in Nottinghamshire. Born in New Zealand, she emigrated to the UK as a child, leaving her home and family behind. This upheaval, combined with challenges faced as a neurodivergent woman, have left her with an acute sense of both geographical and social estrangement. Patrick’s work draws from these disorienting experiences.
She paints with thin, translucent glazes of colour, before wiping away to reveal previous layers, like palimpsests. The work explores tensions between the painting’s image and surface, each serving to suppress the other. The clarity of the image can seem to oscillate, materialising briefly, before dissolving back into more abstract form. This precarious balance resists our attempts to fully locate, enter and navigate the space of the image, as though shrouded by a veil of uncertainty.
She graduated with a 1st class Fine Art degree before completing a Painting MA at the Royal College of Art in 2003. She has won several awards including the Zurich Contemporary Painting Prize and the Amlin Painting Award. In 2022 she was a finalist in the BEEP Painting Prize. Her work is regularly exhibited internationally and is held in numerous private collections.