howlett_you_can_always.jpg


you can always come back (but you can’t come back all the way), 2012-13,
tempera on wood, 30 x 46 cm
howlett_the_future_for_me.jpg


the future for me is already a thing of the past, 2012-13,
tempera on wood, 30 x 46 cm
howlett_untitled_2012.jpg


untitled, 2012,
watercolour on paper and wood, 14 x 18 cm
howlett_this_tiny_span.jpg


this tiny span, 2011-12,
gouache on paper, 61 x 91 cm
howlett_you_may_gather.jpg


you may gather, 2012,
pencil crayon, pencil, shellac and piping on linen,
167.5 x 162.5 cm
howlett_a_kind_of_absurdity.jpg


a kind of absurdity, 2012,
coloured pencil on linen, watercolour on wood, 36 x 43 cm
howlett_all_suppression.jpg


all suppression, 2012,
tempera on wood, 45 x 41 cm
howlett_how_hummingbirds.jpg


how hummingbirds choose flowers, 2012,
charcoal, watercolour, pencil, oil on linen, 171 x 168 cm
howlett_the_mind.jpg


the mind by the mind, 2010,
tempera on panel, 25 x 52 cm
howlett_reaching_out.jpg


reaching out somewhere, 2012,
tempera on panel, 33 x 43 cm
howlett_vague_and_hazy.jpg


vague and hazy, 2010,
tempera on panel, 54 x 51 cm
howlett_superficial_agitation.jpg


superficial agitations of matter, 2010,
tempera on panel, 40 x 30 cm
howlett_to_know_oneself.jpg


to know oneself does not seem natural, 2010,
tempera on panel, 43 x 33 cm
howlett_any_tree.jpg


any tree might bear any fruit, 2009,
tempera on gesso on wood, 30.5 x 38 cm
howlett_slippage_between.jpg


slippage between, 2009,
tempera on panel,
61 x 53 cm
howlett_fools_are_more_impressed.jpg


fools are more impressed, 2009,
marker on panel, 53 x 48 cm
howlett_plastic_unity_of_existence.jpg


plastic unity of existence, 2008,
tempera on panel, 34 x 47 cm
howlett_an_interplay_of_something.jpg


an interplay of something, 2008,
tempera on panel, 41 x 44 cm
howlett_towards_its_expressive_peak.jpg


toward its expressive peak, 2008,
tempera on panel, 39 x 36 cm
howlett_curious_ability.jpg


curious ability, 2007, tempera on panel, 32 x 30 cm
howlett_seemingly_carelessly.jpg


seemingly carelessly, 2007, tempera on panel, 39 x 36 cm

Patrick Howlett

Patrick Howlett’s small enigmatic paintings investigate the indeterminate nature of meaning in abstraction. His works are derived from a long process of transformations of images and text, a strategy that obfuscates a certain position of meaning while elaborating another.

The possible relation of title to image is an indeterminate one that plays one role in the creation my work and another in the experience of it. In some ways I use it as a cornerstone, in other ways it is a guide and a link and in another way it is meaningless. Having a title might create awareness of the gap between meaning and thing or intellect and intuition while at the same time create connections. If there is a strain, perhaps it can function as an antidote to the abstraction that takes place through language  all the time.

— Patrick Howlett

1971
born in Toronto, Ontario
1997
BFA, Concordia University, Montréal
2006
MFA, University of Victoria, Victoria

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2014

Part Time Offerings, Museum London, London

2012
How Hummingbirds Choose Flowers,
   Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto

   about the exhibition

2010
review, The Khyber Institute of
   Contemporary Art, Halifax
the possible and the real,
   Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto

   about the exhibition

Facts about Digestion, Yellow Box Gallery,
   Saint Thomas University, Fredericton
2008
the higher you get the higher you get,
   Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto
and, but, however, Struts Gallery, Sackville
2006
menu, Main Gallery, Visual Art Building,
   University of Victoria

Selected Group Exhibitions

2013
More than Two (Let it Make Itself),
   The Power Plant, Toronto
2011
Zig Zag, Charlie Dutton Gallery, London
... Pas tout à fait ... Not Quite ..., Galerie d’art
   Stewart Hall, Pointe Claire
2010
Site Exercises, Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto
2009
Double Confluence, Atelierhof Kreuzberg,
   Berlin
RBC Canadian Painting Competition:
   Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver;
   Art Gallery of Edmonton, Edmonton;
   Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon
2008
RBC Canadian Painting Competition:
   The Power Plant, Toronto;
   Museum London, London;
   Musée d’art contemporain, Montréal;
   National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
düsseldorf contemporary redux,
   Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto
2006
Trip-In: The Ontology of the Imaginative
   Realm, Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto
2005
RPM, Deluge Gallery, Victoria
So, You Want To Think Freely!, Production
   Studio, Vancouver (curated by Lucy Pullen)
2004
Institutionalized, Rogue Art, Victoria
Collective Visions, Mclure Gallery, Visual Arts
   Centre, Montréal

Patrick Howlett at Museum London

by Kim Neudorf (review)

akimblog, 20 May 2014

Howlett's exhibition explores Offerings

by Joe Belanger (review)

London Free Press, 11 May 2014

Patrick Howlett

by John Kissick (article)

RBC Canadian Painting Competition: Fifteen-Year Anniversary, 2013

Patrick Howlett

by E.C. Woodley (review)

Border Crossings, Issue 126, May 2013

How Hummingbird?

by Robert Linsley (review)

newabstraction.net, February 2013

read (pdf)

Patrick Howlett Draws Fresh Vectors for Painting

by Wojciech Olejnik (review)

Canadian Art online, January 2013

read (pdf)

FrameWork 1/13

by Kim Neudorf (essay)

Susan Hobbs Gallery, January 2013

read (pdf)

Patrick Howlett: the possible and the real

by Adam Lauder (review)

Hunter and Cook 08, Winter 2011

read (pdf)

... Pas tout à fait ... Not Quite ...

by Lon Dubinsky (catalogue)

Pointe Claire: Galerie d’art Stewart Hall, 2011

Patrick Howlett: Possibly Real

by Richard Rhodes (review)

canadianart.ca, 14 September 2010

read (www.canadianart.ca)

Berlin

by Rodney LaTourelle (review)

Akimblog, 28 July 2009

read (www.akimbo.ca)

Art Wanderings 2

by Chris Le Page (review)

clonegallery.wordpress.com, 15 February 2009

read (clonegallery.wordpress.com)

Eye Candy

by David Balzer (review)

Eye Weekly, 30 December 2008

Gallery Going

by Gary Michael Dault (review)

The Globe and Mail, 27 December 2008

the higher you get the higher you get

by Katherine Laidlaw (review)

thingsofdesire.ca, 11 December 2008

Creative, Independent, thinker

by Laverne Stewart (article)

The Daily Gleaner, 13 September 2008

Dusseldorf Do

by Leah Sandals (review)

Now Magazine, 17-24 July 2008

RBC Canadian Painting Competition: Ten Years

by ed. Lauren MacMillan (book)

Toronto: Royal Bank of Canada, 2008

Fresh Wind from the West

by David Jaeger (review)

NOW Magazine, 2-8 March 2006

Trip-in

by Betty Ann Jordan (preview)

Toronto Life, February 2006

Reflets III

by Robert Dufour (exhibition text)

Opuscule, May 2003