Camille Patha: Seattle-Based Colorist
For fifty years, Camille Patha has dedicated herself to painting, first studying and then building a career as a painter. Painting has been her purest form of personal expression. She sees the world through the eyes of a painter, and her identity revolves around Patha the painter solving the problems posed by her studio practice.
Patha’s career neatly spans the contemporary era of Pacific Northwest art—from the year after the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair to the present day. In many ways, Patha’s painting reflects the shifts in the trends and themes addressed by many of her colleagues. But Patha has remained staunchly independent of any allegiance to a particular style or a contained set of ideas. In fact, Patha’s trajectory as an artist is complex, with dramatic shifts in style about every decade. Her voracious artistic exploration and fearlessness define her career as a painter.
Throughout all of Patha’s variations, there are a few constant themes and ideas in her work. She is a colorist. She loves color, and it is her primary expressive tool. She understands perspective and spatial organization and manipulates the painted space masterfully. She paints large works. She makes expressions of strength and bravado. Her paintings always point toward symbolic self-portraits.
The above text is from an essay by Rock Hushka in A Punch of Color, 50 Years of Painting by Camille Patha. Used by permission.
Patha’s work can be seen at the Bryan Ohno Gallery in Seattle. Her web site is http://camillepatha.com/.