Patti Oleon American


With my work I am interested in presenting realistically rendered environments that then simultaneously encourage and undermine expectations. I warp perspective and shift perceptions by utilizing overlays of digitally altered renditions of the same scene. Through the use of dramatic lighting, I seek to illuminate sections of the space while simultaneously confusing the viewer’s apprehension of the relationships within the space. As a result of my successive reprocessing and layering of the original setting, the paintings present what appears to be a factual image, but which is in reality a confounding fiction.

Patti Oleon (b. 1954, St. Louis, MO) received a BA in Fine Arts from University of California, Los Angeles, and an MFA in Painting from University of California, Los Angeles. Her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Cris Worley Fine Arts, Dallas, TX; Modernism, Inc. Gallery, Culver City, CA; Mark Moore Gallery, Culver City, CA; and Angles Gallery, Santa Monica, CA. She has exhibited her paintings in group exhibitions at Edward Cella Art & Architecture, Los Angeles, CA; Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA; George Lawson Gallery, San Francisco, CA; and the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose; CA. Oleon was awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Grant, NY; and has received grants from the Pollock Krasner Foundation, NY, as well as a Fulbright Fellowship for research in Munich, Germany. Lives and works in San Francisco, CA.