About Me

Artist James Patrick
Depending on your age you might remember the children's television program called "Mr Squiggle". This show would have a puppet character draw a few shapes and lines on a chalkboard and then from those lines and shapes the puppet would create a picture. "Mr Squiggle" would ask the audience, the children, "what do you see within the lines?" as he turned the chalkboard, and I guess.. strangely enough this was the foundation of my art.

My name is James Patrick and I'm an artist. I was born with Amblyopia ( slang: Lazy eye ). Amblyopia is quite common effecting 1- 5% of the population and basically means that both your eyes don't work properly together, and I have limited depth perception. In year 7 art class I had a fantastic art teacher named Mr. Mudge who would encourage me with my creativity and my passion for art. With landscape and realism drawing and painting, I struggled to get it right as I didn't have the right depth perception to accurately create what was wanted.

I found it frustrating not getting my artworks perfect, so much so that over the years I quit well over 10 times. I still have hundreds of unfinished drawings, painting and artworks that I started but got frustrated with and discarded. There was periods that where so low that I couldnt bring myself to create anything, anything artistic at all.

In 2010 I started to experiment with commissioned tattoo illustrations. Looking at a way to earn money doing what I love: art. I slowly found out that working to such a specific brief inhibited my creativity, again I was disappointed with no clear map or plan of how to moneytise my passion for art without prostituting out my style. In life I believe there is a few noticeable turning points, moments when you can turn left but you turn right.. when you decide a path and everything leading up to that moment pushes you in one direction.

Artist James Patrick

 

Late in 2012 I was in Harbin, Northern China visiting my girlfriends family and checking out the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival. For over a month I was in a place where no one spoke English, internet was very limited due to the great firewall of china and it was -30°, and as cold as -40° !!!! yes minus 40 Degrees Celsius .. FREEZING. I had a lot of time to think and so I started working on a painting. This was my "aha" moment. I had spent the past decade working in sales, doing business development jobs and hadn't really applied all I'd learnt about sales and marketing to my art career. When I returned home to Sydney I set about to contact every single brand / company that could potentially be aligned with my artistic style and discuss the opportunity of a collaboration.

Working in various sales roles over the years, rejection was no issue for me, I felt excited, the goal had finally clicked and I was now moving towards it. 340 + calls/emails later and I landed my first collaberation. My first collaberation with G-Star Raw ! from there I've worked with Pie Face Bakery, Black Milk Clothing, Arnotts Tim Tams and various other big name brands. I'm not too sure if I'm lucky or even that talented, but I'm definitely happy that every time I quit Art I came back to it. I'm happy that it hasn't all been so easy cause I definitely appreciate all the support you and others provide, the nice comments and the feedback both positive and not.

James Patrick

Social media has helped immensely because my style is a little strange and not always accepted in Galleries, which was my only options pre-Facebook. The fact that you're here on my website now reading this just shows that being able to connect with people anywhere at anytime online is a wonderful thing, especially for something so visual like Art. I hope my little story helps to motivate you as an artist and don't listen to the "starving artist" myth. If your smart and stick to your style, you'll find the right crowd of people that appreciate it.

James.

Contact Me

1300 797 646