Winter Was Hard: still/lives from lockdown

Platform Project Space

20 Jay Street, 319

Vivid still life with fruit and flowers and patterns
Patrick Neal, Boga (2020). Oil on canvas. 20 x 24 x 1 in.

The still life paintings in Winter Was Hard were primarily done during the past year, and are bracketed between the winter seasons of this year and last. This timeline represents Neal’s personal evolution before, during and slightly after the Covid pandemic, a journey told through pictures that span four seasons. The objects Neal paints are diaristic materials gleaned from travels to, from and within the studio—things like found objects, snapshots, and reproductions and pages from books alluding to the many different artists he is thinking about. The paintings collectively register moods ranging from a dark Winter to hopeful Spring.


Patrick Neal

Patrick Neal is a painter, art writer and curator. He recently curated the exhibition, Being, Human: Portraits by Steve Mantinaos and Seth Ruggles Hiler, which is on view through the end of April, 2021 at The Local NYC in Long Island City, NY. Neal is a 2018 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in Painting.