The Healthy House Art Gallery is an intimate venue designed to showcase local artists whose work relates directly to healthy living, healthy eating, environmental education or environmental equity. Louisville Grows will advertise a call for artists through our social media platforms, newsletter and partners for our quarterly showings. We also welcome artists to request the opportunity to partner with us on an art exhibit through our Artist Submission Form.
Louisville Grows will work with approved artists to develop a timeline for advertising and the opening of the exhibit.
All artwork will be shown on our website including the medium used and pricing if the piece is for sale. In conjunction with Republic Bank First Friday Hop, the public will be invited to opening night on the first Friday of the month. Opening night will feature a meet and greet with the artist(s) and light appetizers and beverages.
Artist Submission Form
Exhibition Title: A Dream Within a Dream
Patrick Riley is a Kentucky-based modern impressionistic artist & photographer. His oil paintings embrace abundant layers of paint applied mostly through the use of a palette knife in an impasto-type style. He often uses pigments from natural elements of the Earth in his paint to pay his respect to nature. Patrick’s distinctive style combines both symmetry and chaos. His use of bold and vivid colors arranged throughout the painting in heavy patterns form a breathtaking composition.
Patrick grew up painting and drawing with a distinguishing talent for capturing objects from a unique perspective. “I want the observer to view it as if they are seeing the subject matter for the first time,” Riley explains. “I feel that you need to believe before you can see, and believing that this particular dreamlike world exists allows me to see it and paint it,” he adds.
Being an admirer of poetry and a poet himself, Patrick likes to incorporate the use of poems & prose into his artwork. “The painting has so much more to say,” he states. “I don’t feel like the story ends when the last drop of paint hits the canvas.” With this being the case, most of Riley’s work also consist of an analogous story that belongs to each piece, usually inscribed onto the back of the canvas.
Having lived across the United States, from the desert to the mountains, from the coastline and now the bluegrass of Kentucky, Patrick integrates his passion and love for the earth into each painting, photograph, or poem. His photography is continually used by prominent companies for various marketing purposes, while his artwork is included in numerous private art collections throughout the country.
Being an individual that doesn’t necessarily conform to rules or guidelines– I choose to bring this same philosophy into my art. While I typically paint in a modern impressionist style, I occasionally change the process in order to obtain the results that I want . This open-minded approach allows me the flexibility to express myself on a much greater level without any confinements. Once a person is able to free their mind of any preconceived idea of what is ‘correct’, then their creative potential is limitless.
I enjoy working with oil paint because of the never-ending possibilities, but I also have a love for watercolors and photography. The subject matter, be it flowers, trees, landscapes or waterscapes has the final say in the matter though. With my art, it’s a poetic interpretation of nature, rather than an exact photographic likeness. At this point, the world itself becomes the true artist.
When an object speaks to me, I feel the need to recreate it in my own way. For this reason, I occasionally spurn the idea of commissions if it’s something where I’d lose that creative force that I desperately need. I strongly oppose the concept of awards, competitions, and other accolades, or more particularly, those that cause an artist to lose their way to appease others. There’s something very special about art in its rawest form. Something born and created from the heart that requires no validity from others. Art that is unbroken from meaningless criticism. I’ve chosen to take this path with my paintings and photography, and to me this means everything.
Opening Reception Friday October 7, 5:00-7:30 pm
October 7, 2022 – November 30, 2022
Works by Patrick Riley
Healthy House art gallery is open for public viewing
Tuesdays – Thursdays from 1:00 – 3:00PM.
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