Southern California is home to a luminous visual field, a vast and expansive landscape defined by its oceans, deserts and mountain skies. Between the margins of these geographic landmarks lies the most subtle and distinct feature, the interaction of light, moisture, air and space. As a painter I aim to capture the visual sensation of this environment in a collection of paintings that exist somewhere between representation and abstraction. Painting provides a powerful tool to examine the light and study the subtle transitions and translucent effects. Painting allows me to be an inventor of an imaginary landscape within each piece.
Patrick DeAngelis is an oil painter based in Southern California. His work explores light and color harmonies within vast atmospheric spaces. Born and raised in Ohio, DeAngelis studied painting at the New York Academy of Art receiving an MFA in 2006. His early works, composed on large birch panels explore hazy mountain vistas discovered though thin oil glazes. In these early works, the viewer enters vast color-field landscapes painted to evoke a sense of stillness, calm and wonder.
Searching for new inspiration and an opportunity to mature his style, DeAngelis relocated to Southern California in 2019. The drive west made an immediate impression as the desert and ocean become leading subjects to explore light, color and space. From this relocation, a new palette emerged, along with a further step toward abstraction and additional sensitivity to light and color. His most recent work strips the landscape of shape, line, and texture, the formal elements that help articulate representational identity, in turn revealing only color, tone, and suggestive line. The intention is to create a purely visceral sensation, slightly detached from cognitive recognition and simple identification.
DeAngelis currently lives and works in San Diego, CA.