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Patricia Helene Ropohl, nee. Bray AOCA
Born London Ont., Canada,
HB Beal Technical School of the Arts, London Ontario
Honours graduate, Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto Canada;
Fine Art Studies in Florence, Italy.
Lives & works between Spain, Canada & the United States
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ARTIST STATEMENT 2021
.In today’s world, there is a larger than ever acceptance of the arts thanks to social media.
The concern from that, that “anything goes” and thus that art is susceptible to losing its
seriousness, should not be construed as negative but rather the opposite. It has given us
the advantage of accessing a plethora of artistic diversity. The significant pieces created,
of which there will be many, will rise to the top.
Jacobo Siruela, writer and editor at ATALANTA in Girona Spain, believes that a new set of
mythologies, relevant to our contemporary world is needed in order to create a base from
which we determine our values and behaviour. These mythologies he believes can only
be created through our artists.
I have always addressed the notion of relevancy within my painting. It’s an issue that
occupies my thinking each time I begin a new piece. My intention with each canvas is
honouring & maintaining my standards while feeding the body of works by my
contemporaries. Contributing to this infinite wealth of creative out-put, and standing along
side works of art that build our new mythologies, is a privilege.
Plato wrote that the beginning is the most important part of any work. Without a beginning,
there is nothing, and the bare canvas is both intimidating and exciting. The paint brush is
an extension of oneself, and letting go when starting to paint is paramount, because with
the first brush stroke, the expression of ideas executed by ‘letting go’ can change the
course of initial intent. It explains perhaps the meaning behind Lucian Freud’s comment;
“I paint what I can, not what I want”.
Despite the highs, self doubt, and disappointment that are constant companions for an
artist; it’s simply part of the amazing process.
Patricia has worked and experimented within a myriad of art forms including
graphic design, furniture design, sculpture, ceramics, illustration & painting.
2016 MB Ferrar Hall, Amelia Island Florida, USA
2015 Arts & Humanitas eV., Hamburg,
2013 Temps, Benissa, Spain
2011 Centro de Cultura, Benissa, Spain
2010 Atelier Piana, Calpe, Spain
2009 Solo Exhibition CASA BAJA Pedramala (Alicante) Spain
2008 Open Studio, Benissa, Spain
2008 Mas la Pau, Lliber, Spain
2008 SEU Universidad Alicante, Benissa, Spain
2007 Temps, Benissa, Spain
2021 Honouring Women Artists Calpe Spain
2020 Huellas Humanas Calpe Spain
2019 Street Art Calpe (Alicante), Spain
2018 3 Facetten Der Kunst, Galerie am Lindenhof, Zürich Switzerland
2018 Amelia Island juried outdoor exhibition, Florida USA
2017 Sea Art(e), GAB, Calpe, Spain
2017 Amelia Island juried outdoor exhibition, Florida USA
2016 Galeria La Quimera, Calpe, Spain
2016 Amelia Island juried outdoor exhibition, Florida USA
2015 The Art of Sound, GAB, Taller d'Ivars Benissa, Spain
2015 Amelia Island juried outdoor exhibition, Florida USA
2014 Art al Ras, GAB, Benissa, Spain
2014 Arte Pequeno/ Grande, GAB Taller d'Ivars, Benissa Spain
2013 Metamorfosis, GAB, SEU Uni-Alicante Benissa, Spain
2012 ´al Marge´ Espai, Jávea, Spain
2003 All About Art, San Diego CA. USA
2018 4th place award Calpe juried out-door competition
2018 Award of Merit Island Art Assoc. Outdoor Festival, Amelia IS FL USA
2017 3rd place Island Art Assoc. Outdoor Festival, Amelia IS FL USA
2016 jury selection, Island Art Assoc. Outdoor Festival, Amelia IS FL USA
2015 jury selection, Island Art Assoc. Outdoor Festival, Amelia IS FL USA
Paintings & sculptures are in private collections throughout Europe, North America, Singapore & India