About the Artist

Benjamin Patterson is a classical painter with a focus on liturgical, devotional, and history painting. He received his training at the Angel Academy of Art, in Florence. He is also a graduate of the University of Chicago and current resident of Boxford, Massachusetts, just north of Boston. In addition to painting, he is also a published author and lecturer on art. His most recent book is entitled Ave Gratia Plena: On Painting after Postmodernism, which can be found on Amazon.

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Prolegomenon

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Prolegomenon

 
 

Philosophy

Benjamin Patterson's philosophy is very simple, to paint like an Old Master, which is by no means a simple task. Being a classical artist today means becoming an archaeologist, since it entails excavating a body of knowledge which has been lost. The challenge is both technical and theoretical. Naturally, an artist must learn how the masters did what they did and invest many years of practice to attain a comparable degree of technical excellence, though this alone is not sufficient, because what separates Michelangelo from kitsch is not just a matter of technique. To practice the craft authentically, an artist must understand not only how it was done but why.

The objective was beauty, "ever ancient, ever new," as St. Augustine would say. But why should an artist be preoccupied with anything as trivial as beauty? The world which invented the Renaissance craft of painting was a Christian world, whose theology was framed in the language of Platonic philosophy. As far as Plato was concerned, beauty is not just a name for something that gives subjective pleasure when we look at it, but the name of man's ultimate end and eternal beatitude. The beauty of which St. Augustine spoke is the vision of God. For the purposes of pre-modern philosophy, beauty is the name of truth at its appearing. A thing may be called beautiful when it reveals itself, in its ontological reality. The contemporary art world is indifferent to beauty, because the postmodern world doesn't believe in this kind of beauty. The postmodernist is an anti-essentialist. Whatever reality there may be is presumed to be entirely unknowable. There is no beauty in the contemporary world, because truth does not appear. Truth, it seems, has gone into hiding.

The task of the classical painter is to bring truth to appearance again, for the purpose of reminding a nihilistic world of its reason for being.

 
 

Services

Benjamin Patterson specializes in liturgical and devotional art, both on spec and commission. He also produces a steady supply of landscapes, portraits, still-lifes, and history paintings. Please contact the artist for further information.

 
 

Contact


For additional information,
please email me at

benfpatt@gmail.com

or phone at

(978) 476-2274

 
 

Contact



For additional information,
please email me at

benfpatt@gmail.com

or phone at

(978) 476-2274