Painting

National Lilypond Songs: Pat Perry's American Landscapes Are The Perfect Sign of the Times

Sep 08, 2018 - Jan 25, 2019UICA Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids, MIchigan

For the past few years, it feels like the painting of Pat Perry were a secret treasure chest waiting to be discovered. We have featured Pat before in the print edition for his detailed sketchbook works and train-hopping photography, but these new paintings showcase a new direction for the artist. Titled National Lilypond Songs, and now on view at the UICA Grand Rapids in Michigan (alongside Perry's photos and sketches), these new paintings show a calm, realist and regionalist version of rural Michigan, quiet depictions of the American landscape in the vein of classic painters Andrew Wyeth and Grant Wood, or even the photo documentation works of Depression era America.

From the artist and museum, Pat's new series National Lilypond Songs, "explores the possibility that to find eachother in an ocean of sensationalism, it’s never been more pivotal to not lose focus on the absurdly quiet details and ordinary human struggles that make up the landscapes of our lives."

The gallery above features new works by Pat Perry, along with a new murals.