Anthony Patterson (b. 1995, Durham, NC) received his BFA in Painting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2017). In his senior year, Anthony was the recipient of the UNCG Artistic Merit Award which granted him his first solo exhibition "The Elephant In The Room". Since then, he has shown in multiple group and solo exhibitions, as well as artist residencies across North Carolina. Patterson has also taught small classes, led workshops, participated in panel discussions and co-curated in partnership with The Black On Black Project.
Patterson’s work is rooted in figuration but also lends itself to the language of abstract painting. Quite often, figures are placed in tense, uncompromising situations that represent a struggle. Intuitive mark making is evident on the surface while simultaneously personifying themselves within the painted narrative. His artistic influences range from painters such as Francisco Goya and Francis Bacon to historical moments that inform his practice.
Recurring themes in his work include: exploration of black identities in context to systematic oppression, resistance movements emerging from black communities, and uncovering hidden or forgotten stories throughout history. His process involves pulling from historical archives, searching through contemporary media, and documenting moments in his community. Anthony aspires to create multi-layered work that investigates societal ills, while driving the conversation beyond the pictorial space.