Camille Patha

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"Abstract, pulsating and witty...Here’s a mind that knows exactly how to manifest itself in color."

Michael Upchurch, The Seattle Times, April 18, 2017 Learn More

Michael Upchurch is a novelist (“Passive Intruder,” “The Flame Forest”) and frequent book reviewer. He was the Seattle Times’ staff book critic (1998-2008) and general arts writer (2008-2014), before resigning to concentrate on fiction and literary journalism. His reviews have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, Washington Post, Oregonian and numerous other publications. Show Less


"Camille Patha is one of the rarest artists in the Northwest: someone who has remained fully committed to a lifetime of developing an expanding practice and refining a personal aesthetic vision. Throughout her career, her painting has oscillated between the figurative and the abstract. With Perpetually Forward, she demonstraters her fullest mastery of pure abstraction of her career, presenting canvases that embody wholly her imagery and vocabulary with unwavering voice and shocking vigor.

Patha asserts her power as a painter by creating imagery of a complete universe that enables the viewer to be absorbed fully within a boundless volume. She emphasizes the illusion of infinite space magically suspended within the thinnest film of the painting's frontal plane. Remaining with her idiosyncratic palette of peach, orange, yellow, turquoise, and fuchsia, she constructs a web from layers of forms. Her sticky web -- the holding of the viewer's attention -- is critical because she wishes to share a sense of wonder about the existential conundrums confronting every person."

Rock Hushka - Curator of Contemporary and Northwest Art, Tacoma Art Museum. Learn More

Hushka holds a Master of Arts degree in art history from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and Bachelor of Arts degrees in history, art history, and studio art from the University of Washington. Before joining Tacoma Art Museum, Hushka held positions on the curatorial staff at Seattle Art Museum and worked in the collections of the Henry Art Gallery at University of Washington. He has also been an instructor and lecturer at the University of Washington and Cornish College of the Arts. Show Less


"Patha's color has become more direct and pure, inviting us, the viewer, to explore the layering of multiple washes of semi-transparent hues, not mixed, but applied singly, to build the forms, one pure color over another. The luminous combinations define the forms but allow for exploration of the implied spaces created. No muddy mixing here, just clear crisp full strength color, one on top of another. Now the transition from space to space is achieved by the rendering of the forms themselves.

This impressive, concentrated body of work is testimony to a mature artist at the height of her powers."

Sam Davidson - Owner & Director at DAVIDSON GALLERIES. Learn More

Davidson is also the Director of Publishing & Inventory Control at Ferdinand Roten Galleries. Show Less


"Tacoma Art Museum's "A Punch of Color: Fifty Years of Painting by Camille Patha" serves up a vivid, insightful retrospective of the Washington artist's career."

Michael Upchurch, The Seattle Times, February 28, 2014 Learn More

"...Camille Patha creates an art of illusion, personal evolution, social commitment and material exploration that ranges from hallucinatory landscapes, sexual symbolism, ecological tableaux and, in her most recent work, gestural responses to the environment that celebrate the pure materiality of paint.

Working continuously since her 1965 graduation from the University of Washington Graduate School of Art, Patha has exhibited widely in galleries and museums, often challenging existing orthodoxies of style and content with her deeply personal vision. Too young to be an Abstract Expressionist, she later adapted her own brushwork to an array of dynamic, colorful canvases; too young to be a Surrealist, she developed out of an American variant, West Coast Surrealism, that became the vehicle for her concerns with suburban sprawl, endangered species and, overlooked until recently, sexual imagery that Kangas calls "proto-feminist."

This impressive, concentrated body of work is testimony to a mature artist at the height of her powers."

Matthew Kangas - well known art NW art critic and corresponding editor for Art in America. Learn More

His writings on postwar American art and Abstract Expressionism are collected in epicenter: Essays on North American Art (Midmarch Arts, 2005) with discussions of Kathleen Gemberling Adkison, Milton Avery, Francis Celentano, Willem de Kooning, Mary Henry, William Ivey, Franz Kline, David Smith and Robert Sperry among others.

In addition to beinga member of the International Association of Art Critics and the College Art Association, Kangas has received recognition for his writing, including awards from the Seattle Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, and a first-place Manufacturers Hanover/Art World award for distinguished newspaper art criticism. In 1990 he was awarded the Everson Medal in Syracuse, New York. Show Less


"Patha should be congratulated for having prevailed against the privileging of men's aesthetic expressions."

Judy Chicago - Legendary giant of American feminist art. Learn More

"...the real deal is breathtaking."

Alec Clayton Read the Review

"Patha can be evocative without being provocative. She winks her eye, bends her finger, and bids us to enter her seductive terrain of checkerboards, dreamy landscapes, overripe pears, classical arches, endless skies. It is not so much that she promises us anything of substantive or concrete value, but rather if we allow ourselves the freedom to follow the byways of her fertile imagination, we will embark on a pleasant, and perhaps surprising, journey into the unconscious.

Whereas irrational though and/or intuitive art can be a rush of images, all tumbling upon one another, and us, Patha leads one carefully. She provides space, a minimum of objects. It is concentration and focus on a few elements. Whatever Patha chooses to portray, she does so with particular delineation and meticulous concern."

R.M. Campbell.

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