Craig's work can currently be seen at the following galleries:
Elevation Motors at LeMay Auto Museum, Lakewood, CO
Steel Affairs, Arvada CO
Glass House, Denver CO
Nest Artistic Home, Winter Park, CO
Craig Patterson is an award-winning photographer with extensive experience shooting a wide variety of subjects of concern to Baby Boomers. Unlike other photographers, each of the works he creates is limited to one original piece, printed on aluminum. Limited edition prints of that work may exist, much like prints of traditional works of art, but there is only one original, which is signed and numbered “1/1.” Rather than coasting for an entire career selling print after print, Craig feels as though photography can only be considered to be Fine Art if it is treated as such. When a piece is sold, a new work must be created.
He is the originator of the TEC movement (Translational Empathy of Culture), a field dedicated to the discovery and reflection of emotions tied to the objects that have defined and fueled contemporary human culture. To Craig, art is communication, and is empty meandering without it. Since the real meaning of TEC is constructed by the viewer, not the artist, that communication is realized in the most intimate of memories and emotions of the viewer.
TEC pulls from meaningful items of youth and adulthood, such as toys and automobiles, and reflects them back to the viewer in ways that attempt to bring out the emotions first felt when interacting with those objects and the experiences surrounding them. Rather than representing the objects themselves, TEC shares the feelings within the act of using the objects. For example, a simple photograph of a car might show the entire car. But that leaves too much to the viewer to remember any specific emotion involved with interacting with the car for the first time. TEC seeks to find a unique curve or feature of that car, and reinterpret it as a new vision, one that embodies the perfection of spirit underneath the simple soliloquy of the exterior. Likewise, in a TEC interpretation of a child's toy, the toy itself holds little meaning. The new meaning is constructed from the original facade of the toy, bringing recollections specifically of the emotional use of that toy. Generally, TEC pulls its emotional fuel from items used in the 20th Century, but it is not necessarily limited to that interpretation.
For Craig's automotive work, he tries to bring out something in the car that people don't think they're seeing; a beauty that helps define the car, but isn't inherently obvious. Sometimes it's a curve, or a stance, or even a flaw that others might try to hide. Whatever it is that creates the beauty of the automobile, that's what he draws from. Every car is not a single work, but the result of thousands of individual curves and details. Those are what are important to Craig.
The result should be something that is appropriate not only for the showroom or shop, but could also be proudly displayed in anyone's living room. That commonality of experience, when family and friends can appreciate the end result, to Craig is true artistic communication.
A similar point of view is retained when making art based on toys. Many people want to hold on to some portion of their youth, and this art should enhance their ability to communicate that emotion to themselves, without having to keep the actual objects, which would just sit in a box anyway.
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Original pieces of art start at $795. Pricing is based on size.
2015 - Sand Creek Greenway, People's Choice
2014 – City of Lone Tree Exploring the Light, First Place and Honorable Mention
2014 - Official Selection, Seasons of our Mountains calendar
2013 – Official Selection, Seasons of our Mountains calendar
2012 – International Loupe Awards - Silver Award
2012 – Featured in Life of Customs Magazine
2012 – Pano Awards for Panoramic Photography – Bronze Award
2012 – Creative Asia Award – Commercial Photography, Bronze Award
2011 – Best of Denver, Santa Fe Arts District