Patricia Cain

Patricia Cain is a multi-award winning artist based in Dumfries, Scotland, whose primary discipline is pastel drawing. She completed her PhD through the practice of drawing at Glasgow School of Art.

Patricia won both the Threadneedle and Aspect Prizes in 2010, and since then has received a number of noteworthy awards from the Royal Watercolour Society, the Pastel Society, the Royal Scottish Academy and Arte Laguna in Venice. Her acclaimed major exhibition at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Drawing (on) Riverside, exposed the nature of practitioner knowledge to a wider audience through the observation and response to the construction of Glasgow’s new Riverside Museum, which subsequently has been likened to Dewey’s study of the 'nature of method'.

"I am involved with the idea that you can make something terribly complex and through making it, it becomes nothing. I often seek this absence through a process that involves intense scrutiny.

Invariably, my work is on the cusp of both abstraction and figuration - a place where observation turns inwards. For me, energy is fundamental. The dominant energy resides in empty space: it is the absence or negative space that activates the artwork, yet also makes it unstable.

Resonating with concerns in science, I connect with the idea that the artist operates as a self -referencing system of processes, where thinking occurs through the body, and the exchange of process and energy leads to continual transformation."

Below is a short film of Patricia's solo exhibition 'Seeing Beyond the Immediate' at Gracefield Arts Centre in June 2017. Film credit: Paul McConnach.