Weightless, reaching, dappled in sunlight, pulling through the viscous landscape.
Sounds are distant and muffled, movement slow-motion and dreamy. “Much of the work deals with figures in motion or transition and alludes to movement through psychological states,” says Patsy McArthur.
Born in Aberdeen, Scotland, Ms. McArthur grew up surrounded by the cold, gray “and at times a bit grim” hillocks of her native land. Despite the monochrome, Patsy did not lack inspiration.
With stints painting in Florence, Spain, Berlin and the Lower East Side of New York City. More recently, Patsy has been based out of Brighton, UK, filming and painting horses. “The power and energy that comes from the horse in movement has been a fantastic inspiration for me,” she says. There is an inexplicable connection between the horses and the swimmers. The power and grace of movement–there is a freedom in the water and in the air. Horses with their mass pulling against gravity, the swimmers both weighted and freed by water. Patsy McArthur’s paintings are immersed and immersive. One can’t help but be there with them, feeling the amniotic flow of currents, the warmth of solitude, the liberty of transition. “I am trying to create a place that the viewer can really feel; a place with a temperature and a sensation of suspension and weightlessness,” Patsy says. It doesn’t take long to fall into one of her paintings, leaving the terrestrial world behind, joining the swimmers, seeking change, subverting the outside world.
Patsy now exhibits in the UK, the US, Europe and Asia. Check out her paintings here.