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Laura Locke caught up with me and the following conversation was featured in the “Curiosity” issue in April 2018.
A Conversation with James Paterson
Artist James Paterson and his wife Lynn live in Meaford, Ontario, on the southern shore of Georgian Bay, tucked into Lake Huron. James creates art that is both beautiful and stimulating, celebrating mystery while igniting our imagination.
We recently had a delightful, rambling conversation with James about his life, his art, and what makes him curious.
Who would have thought…
That the Prayer Machines would get a mention in Fred Cohen’s article on Artexpo New York 2018 in “Woman Around Town” online magazine?
I was next attracted to the work of James Paterson – for its color and whimsy, and outright charm, although arising from a more serious wellspring: these began as tangible prayers when words failed. His work is built from wire, loops of which may be filled with a painted resin making tiny “stained glass” windows. Figures in the works remind me of some Calder circus bits. Paterson received an art degree from the University of Waterloo and practiced in various media over the years, focusing primarily on painting. At one time he taught art but abandoned that almost 3 decades ago to concentrate on his production work. He is represented by galleries in Pennsylvania, California, and Canada, but is apparently barely keeping up with demand.
James Paterson Work
The larger works are said to be autobiographical reflecting the Kensington Market community of Toronto where Paterson was raised, his father, his youth. He now lives rather farther north and away from the bustle of the big city. Two of his offspring (both likely in their 20’s) were first to talk to me, and both take obvious pride in dad and his work. Mom, the business manager, was also in attendance.
From the Spectrum Miami 2016 Catalog…
Here’s the latest on Prayer Machines “in the news” coming from Providence, RI and the ArtProv Gallery…
“Eclectic Show At ArtProv Gallery”
by Beth Comery
Inner Space TV show segment filmed at Petroff Gallery, Toronto
Just in case you missed seeing it on TV…
Here is the link to the Prayer Machine story on the Space Channel as featured on “InnerSpace”.
James shows InnerSpace host, Teddy Wilson, how to make his own Prayer Machine and shares how they all got started.
From the Examiner online article April 26, 2016 written by Meagan Meehan…
Comments made about the Prayer Machines…
“I am flushed with Delight!”
“Love your work” “Unbelievably clever”
“Next year for sure!”
“Inspiring, mind-bending, revolutionary!”
“There’s so much WOW factor here”
“Beautiful. I feel closer to God just reading your artist’s statement.”
“Looks like an old clock recreated through art.”
“They are like worship without words.” Ivan