Graeme Patterson, BFA '03, shortlisted for 2009 Sobey Art Award.
May 4, 2009

Graeme Patterson, BFA '03, has been named Atlantic finalist for the $50,000 2009 Sobey Art Award, Canada’s preeminent award for contemporary Canadian art.

Also shortlisted for the annual award are Luanne Martineau (West Coast and Yukon), Marcel Dzama (Prairies and The North), Shary Boyle (Ontario) and David Altmejd (Quebec).

Originally from Saskatoon and now living in Halifax, Graeme Patterson's practice stems from a self-developed approach to creating stop-motion animation.  This "do it yourself" method is consistent in all facets of his production.  Graeme's projects can be described as sculptural installations consisting of video, robotics, audio, music and some interactive components. Generally he works in miniature using a 1:10 scale, which originates from childhood.  His installations attempt to bring the viewer into the world of play Graeme exists in while creating his stop-motion animations.

From 2004- 2007, Graeme created a large body of work entitled "Woodrow." This 10-piece installation encompasses all aspects of his practice.  His work is based on personal memories and life experience with a mix of fantasy and surrealism. Graeme is currently working towards another three-to-four year project focusing on finding and renewing his ties with a long-lost friend from his childhood. Much like "Woodrow," Graeme will be traveling and plans to take temporary residence in Japan to create connections between his memories and reality. 

"Faced with the benefit of a uniformly strong selection of candidates, the jury came to a unanimous consensus on this year's shortlist. Addressing both the local and the global, these artists make works that encapsulate materiality and conception, scale and complexity, representation and irrationality. Each artist shares a depth of commitment to their creation and exploration of idiosyncratic worlds that are real, imagined, and fantastical.” 2009 Curatorial Panel

Selected work from the shortlisted artists will be featured in an exhibition hosted by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and will run from September 5 to November 5, 2009.

The winner of the 2009 Sobey Art Award will be announced during a gala event at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia on October 15, 2009.

The 2009 Sobey Art Award Curatorial Panel comprises Liz Wylie, Curator, Kelowna Art Gallery; Kitty Scott, Director, Visual Arts - The Banff Centre; Ivan Jurakic, Curator, Cambridge Galleries; Louise Déry, Director, Galerie de l'UQAM and Terry Graff, Curator & Deputy Director, Beaverbrook Art Gallery. 

The Sobey Art Foundation was established in 1981 with a mandate to carry on the work of entrepreneur and business leader, the late Frank H. Sobey, of collecting and preserving representative examples of 19th and 20th century Canadian art. One of the finest private collections of its kind, the Sobey Art Foundation has assembled exemplary examples from Canadian Masters like Cornelius Krieghoff, Tom Thomson and J.E.H. MacDonald. The collection is housed in an intimate setting at Crombie House, the former home of Frank Sobey and his wife Irene in Pictou County, Nova Scotia. Tours are regularly scheduled throughout the summer months and by appointment year round.