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Patrick Kernan is an Oregon native who grew up in Eugene and attended the U of O. He majored in art education, but his main passion was printmaking, which he studied under the legendary LaVerne Krause. In 1978, he headed to NYC to seek his fortune.

In New York, he started out designing t-shirts, and eventually was able to build a freelance illustration and design business. His illustration clients included: The New York Times, Family Circle Magazine, Diversion Magazine and (ironically), MacUser Magazine (before he ever got his first computer).

In 1993 Patrick moved back to Portland with his wife and two daughters. After freelancing for Wieden + Kennedy and other Portland area clients he took a staff position in 1999 with an interactive design agency, which eventually became known as Razorfish. After 14 years as an art director at Razorfish, Patrick returned to his freelance ways in the spring of 2013. You can check out his graphic design website at Patrick Kernan design.

In my own words: Drawing or painting the human form is an immediate and spiritual journey for me. Whether it’s a one-minute gesture pose or a multi-day long-term pose, my approach is the same. I strive to establish a direct connection from the model to my eye. If the connection is made, my hand will follow, and transfer to the paper a record of how I was feeling about both the model, and myself, at that moment in time.

In 2000, I started attending the open figure drawing sessions at Hipbone Studios, in Portland. The intimacy and immediacy of drawing from the live model soon became a passion for me. Hipbone is my sanctuary. Inside those walls I can leave behind all thoughts of deadlines and clients.

 

Exhibitions

2015      Au Naturel – the Nude in the 21st Century: Clatsop Community College, Astoria, OR

2014      The Elegant Nude: The Gallery at the Watershed, Eugene, OR

2014      Au Naturel – the Nude in the 21st Century: Clatsop Community College, Astoria, OR

2013      December/January, Group Show: Gallery@Jupiter Hotel, Portland, OR

2013      March, Group Show: The Portland Art Gallery, Portland, OR

2013      Au Naturel – the Nude in the 21st Century: Clatsop Community College, Astoria, OR

2013      Arizona Aqueous XXVII: Tubac Center of the Arts, Tubac, AZ

2012      30th Annual Visual Arts Showcase: Beaverton City Library, Beaverton, OR

2012      Real People: Old Court House Arts Center, Woodstock, IL

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