It’s “The New Frontier”

at Petroff Gallery in Toronto.

Introducing a variation of the Prayer Machines in a steel frame.

Wire Sculpture #509 by James Paterson, Ontario, Canada
509. The New Frontier – A Prayer Machine 27 x 35.5 x 2 inches

New piece in California

October 29

#381 was recently installed at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto in the new cardiac wing.

Wire Sculpture by James Paterson, Ontario, Canada
381. And There You Were And You Were Flying – A Prayer Machine. Wire Sculpture commissioned for the Cardiac wing of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Palo Alto, California. 2018-19. 60 x 36 x 1.5 inches


I’d forgotten my hope at the house with the yellow door I lived in

‘til the wheels of everything that moves and the ladders

I used to climb to play in the sky reminded me.

The meandering vine with orange ball kisses

that blossomed a newborn moon each night

and the touch of breeze, like a sigh,

from the lips of the woman who spied on those who danced

on high wires above tippy, pointy roofed houses on the street

were there as I flew on my bike when I was young and could still see

 rocket ships fly to the reaching clouds that yearned to embrace them.

Words like colours floated around me and I remembered there was love.

Then joy.

And there you were, and you were flying.

by James Paterson



Collingwood Art Crawl…and Butter Gallery

September 21


Earl’s Court Gallery in Hamilton…PIGMENTS SHOW

Opening Reception Highlights…

Art show opening invitation, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Meanwhile In Schuylerville, NY…

Highlights from this year’s Artist Project in Toronto.

I am always up for a challenge and this was the result.

Prayer Machine #370. The biggest and wildest one yet!

Prayer Machine 370. It Talks And It Talks And It Talks And All I Have To Do Is Listen. Wire Sculpture by James Paterson, Ontario, Canada
370. It Talks And It Talks And It Talks And All I Have To Do Is Listen 98 x 72 x 24 inches


Delivering a Commission to the Laffer Gallery in Schuylerville, NY turned into an impromptu sketching session for a potential new client. And great to finally meet Erik in person!

Another great show at the 47th Annual Toronto Outdoor Art Fair

July 6-8

Booth #250-251

Toronto Outdoor Art Fair 2018
TOAF 2018 Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto

Scenes from Artexpo in New York City 2018

Highlights from the Artist Project 2017

“There Is A Joy That Confounds And A Beauty   That Embraces”

This piece was commissioned by and recently installed at The Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning-Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

Many thanks to Petroff Gallery for managing the project.


The finished product                                                                         The last day of wire twisting

Accompanying Wall plaque for Sick Kids Prayer Machine



Mixed Media

Intangibles; fragments that knit us together, ambiguous, full of mystery.  They compose us, these many interconnected systems functioning in complex ways, yet linked together in ordered harmony making us more than the sum of our parts.

My Prayer Machines are like that; teeming with varied lines, forms and colours they weave together diverse elements that create a synergy; fearfully and wonderfully made.



C3 - the first print - Copy

Introducing the first hand-pulled, limited edition, signed and numbered silkscreen print from the Prayer Machine series.

Printed on Somerset Satin White 250 gsm paper-46 x 76 c

Prints are available through Petroff Gallery

5 thoughts on “Home

  1. Hi James – i just read your commentary in The Story (i write for them as well) and noticed in your bio that you are an artist so googled you. Wow! What a delight to wander through your work. Blessings to you and yours in 2018! 🙂 Marcia Laycock


  2. Paterson’s art is a mixture of everything: passion, mechanical, beauty, balance. With his small sample exhibited in Artist Project 2016, he achieved transmit the zenith of the plastic arts: the ethereal beauty.


    1. Dear Mr. Benavides.

      Thank you for your comments on my work from Feb. 2016. I am sorry it has been this long since I have seen what you thought and wrote. My wife handles all the social media and I, unfortunately, do not always take the time to review what is happening in that ethereal realm. I just ran across your comments yesterday and was very touched and encouraged by your positive view of what I am doing and your clear articulation. It may sound self centered or perhaps just blindly naive, but words and thoughts like the ones you expressed actually help me to see better and understand more fully what I am doing. My work is most often very spontaneous and part of my subconscious flow as I go through my day and I feel I don’t always see what I’m doing; I’m too close to it. But comments like yours open my eyes and help me go forward. Thank you for taking the time to write after the Toronto show in 2016. I am endeavoring to press on with work that is authentic, original, vibrant and real. I hope you can see more of what I am doing and perhaps we will meet up at a show some where’s down the road.

      all the best,



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