Gonzales presents us with a unique blend of personal dream fragments, childhood memories, and fantasy to tell stories through digital painting.
It’s a poetic art
that goes beyond explanations, you have to let yourself be transported,
invent your story with your imagination.
French artist Patrick Gonzales began quite early in life as a painter. Starting at the age of fifteen, he would replicate works of great masters for the fun of it. “It never hurts your artistic development to uncover what exactly others have done,” he says. He soon developed his own artistic style. Since then, Patrick Gonzales has constantly evolved.
In 1998 he began to work more digitally, and today he is most comfortable referring to his art as a mixture of photography and digital painting. Whether it is the lush spectrum of dark greys in his black and white works or the balanced compositions in full color, the syncretic mix of media and references that point forwards and back in time is highly memorable.
Gonzales’s digital paintings feature flowers, birds, and faces arranged in a surreal scene of dream-like beauty.
Inspirations of Digital Painter Patrick Gonzales
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An inner need to invent storytelling
“I was passionate about drawing in my childhood and art and painting in my teenage years,” Gonzales recalls. “At first, to reproduce works of the great masters of painting that I admired and wanted to understand how they were made.”
He went nearly twenty years without trying to exhibit. During this time he took lessons to learn how to draw and paint. Twenty-two years ago, Gonzales transitioned his love of painting and drawing into the digital realm. The digital process allows him to work quickly and keep pace with his creativity.
Nature is a recurring theme
“What influences me is what touches nature and a mixture with my childhood spent in the countryside,” the artist says. The relationship between man and nature is a recurring theme in the history of art and has influenced Gonzales’s work. “But hey,” he adds, “I’m very curious about my character. A lot of things can stimulate me.”
An international reputation as a digital painter
Patrick’s work has been featured in exhibitions and galleries around the world, including Paris, Milan, London, Los Angeles, and Yixian, China. With over 3000 works, Patrick hopes his legacy is that his art will live on and stimulate the imagination of spectators.
To see Patrick’s most recent digital painting prints, view his work at Saatchi Art >