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Patti Oleon, Holy Bravado, 2013

Patti Oleon

Holy Bravado, 2013

oil on linen over panel

36h x 92w in


Patti Oleon, Chocolate Cantata, 2014

Patti Oleon

Chocolate Cantata, 2014

oil on linen over panel

36.50h x 44.50w in


Patti Oleon, Helix, 2013

Patti Oleon

Helix, 2013

oil linen over panel

53h x 53w in


Patti Oleon, Lights & Mirrors, 2010

Patti Oleon

Lights & Mirrors, 2010

oil on panel

48h x 36w in


Patti Oleon, Dark Bloom, 2013

Patti Oleon

Dark Bloom, 2013

oil on panel

40h x 30w in


Patti Oleon, Throne, 2011

Patti Oleon

Throne, 2011

oil on panel

60h x 48w in


Patti Oleon, Kiosk, 2010

Patti Oleon

Kiosk, 2010

oil on panel

16h x 12w in


Patti Oleon, Heroes, 2014

Patti Oleon

Heroes, 2014

oil on panel

24h x 18w in


Press Release

Cris Worley Fine Arts is committed to introducing strong voices in contemporary art to Dallas and to the greater landscape of the arts in Texas. We are proud to present our first solo exhibition of conceptual realist paintings by San Francisco-based artist Patti Oleon. Parallel Spaces opens with an artist’s reception Saturday, November 22 from 6–8pm and will run through January 3, 2014.  The artist will be in attendance from San Francisco, California. 

At a time when contemporary art’s focus strongly favors concept, Patti Oleon’s realist paintings marry the conceptual with an undeniable technical prowess. Light serves as the entry point into Oleon’s un-peopled places. Each painting first begins as a digital photo taken by the artist which is then transformed and reworked on the computer. Some images are mirrored, while others, more subtlety play out as ghostly echoes of shadow and form. These sometimes haunting, always powerful, images are then executed in refined and expert brushwork in oil on panel. What remains is a fictitious reality of a once-inhabited space that engages the viewer to question reality over artifice.

Patti Oleon (b. 1954, St. Louis) received both her BA and MFA from UCLA from which she graduated summa cum laude. Oleon has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (twice), the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Grant, Fulbright/DAAD Fellowship, Ford Foundation Grant, and an Ingram Merrill Foundation Grant. She has exhibited at institutions such as the Santa Monica Museum of Art, the Zimmer Children’s Museum/Jewish Federation of Los Angeles, the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, and the Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art.

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