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Pat Stanley’s paintings examine and codify today’s architectural landscape by way of a memory of the past from the standpoint of the future. The exquisite balance of structure and chaos creates an ambivalent nostalgia for the ever-changing forms and totems of today’s concrete landscape.
Pat Stanley is a pictorial historian of the inevitable dominance of environmental transformation over man-made permanence. These paintings, from her solo show at the Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts in Toronto during November and December 2010, at once celebrate this triumph and hold in awe and reverence the concrete monuments of contemporary urban civilization.
Pat was born in Ottawa, and studied drawing and painting in Montreal at the School of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, at McGill University, and at Concordia University School of Art. She has also studied at Toronto’s Three Schools of Art and Toronto School of Art, and at the Haliburton School of the Arts. Pat is a member of the Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts in Toronto, the Colborne Society of Artists, and the Pontiac Artists’ Association in Quebec, and has held a position on the Board of the Arts Council of Northumberland since 2007. Pat has participated in numerous juried and solo shows, received an Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant in 2010, and has won local, national, and international awards.