As a child in the 1950s, Patricia Oblack sat in front of the television and learned to draw with Jon Gnagy’s New Television Art Instruction Book. The exercise led to a love of art, and in 1962 she begged her mother to purchase lessons from Art Instruction, Inc. in Minneapolis. Within a few weeks, a box arrived with art supplies, including her first palette knife. Patricia finished every lesson, and was in good company–another student of the school was renowned Peanuts cartoonist Charles M. Schulz. From that humble beginning, Patricia became a lifelong artist, currently creating dark, earthy abstracts, which she paints with the same palette knife from childhood.
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About The Artist
Over these years she has absorbed a wealth of knowledge from owning several successful art related businesses, leading her to a final destination of abstraction through Fine Art. Patricia’s approach is of her own design, that of layering and weaving colors onto panels and paper to produce interpretations rather than representational renderings, creating abstracts which fall just short of recognizable features, that might suggest lost or forgotten places, eroded forests, fragments of fresco’s, bits of stone or walls and wastelands destroyed by time. Her process incorporates the addition and subtraction of paint to and from each surface, by pushing and pulling it with the tilt and turn of her knives. Excavating and scraping each color, she incorporates improvisational gestures, mark making, horizon lines and other intuitive strokes, bringing everything onto and through the paint, to create a final balanced composition. The strength of Patricia’s work is encapsulated by her intuitive process, by which she feels that the board, along with music and her knives are in control and she is just the facilitator, reaching for the end result.
Every painting has its own voice listed on the back, noting the composer or musician whose work was played during the creation of each piece, so much so, that several of her various series have been named for those artists.
Her work has been collected by hundreds of private buyers as well as corporations who appreciate her style for its rich colors and deep textures that provide the viewer the possibility of hidden stories and secrets that entertain the senses.