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Create Magazine: Contemporary Portraiture: Interview with Patty Horing

Your work is a beautiful snapshot of contemporary life. Tell us about your interest in figure painting and your journey as a visual artist so far. 

I was an arts & crafts-obsessed kid and loved art history in college, but I didn’t start painting until relatively recently. I had a career in marketing, got a Masters degree in English literature, and became a mom to two kids before I ever picked up a paintbrush. Pretty immediately after starting painting, I found myself drawn to painting people.

Blouin Artinfo: Patty Horing’s ‘Ordinary Lives’ at Anna Zorina Gallery, New York

“Ordinary Lives,” an exhibition of works by New York-based artist Patty Horing (b. 1965, Chicago, Illinois) started on February 23 and will run through March 25, 2017 at Anna Zorina Gallery, New York.

The show features works that explore the narrative and psychological nature of portraiture as a genre. Horing’s subjects are her friends and family. The paintings reveal a certain level of vulnerability which stems from her emotional attachment, specific to each relationship. This inadvertently fosters a similar intimate connection for the viewer. This knowledge makes the artist’s subjects anything but ordinary. This is Patty Horing’s debut solo exhibition.

W Magazine: See How 15 Women Artists, Including Rose McGowan, Are Reacting to Donald Trump

As an estimated 200,000 women prepare to gather in Washington, D.C. the day after the inauguration to protest the inescapable threat to their rights that is Donald Trump, 80 female artists are coming together in New York to express their all-caps discontent in "UPRISE/ANGRY WOMEN," a show opening on the 17th at Untitled Space gallery, curated by Indira Cesarine. Presented with the ERA Coalition and featuring everyone from Rose McGowan to up-and-comers like Maggie Dunlap, it's also a benefit for the Fund for Women's Equality, meaning works like a Trump voodoo doll will go towards both promoting an Equal Rights Amendment and satisfying your frustrations to boot. Preview the exhibition, here.

ARTE FUSE: Three Women at Anna Zorina Gallery

Patty Horing’s paintings offer an even higher level of intimacy in their candid illustrations of her friends and family. With assured colors and strokes, she encourages the viewer to overcome any initial discomfort and engage emotionally with the depicted individual and moment. And her subjects are not just female, empowering everyone to form her or his own connection with the work.

WIDEWALLS: Three Women Exhibition at Anna Zorina Gallery

So who are the three women exhibiting at Anna Zorina Gallery in September? Patty Horing, New York-based artist is focused on exploring the psychological and narrative concepts of portraiture. Throughout her expressionistic painting practice, she aspires to discover and bring to canvas those essential qualities of one’s identity which grants her paintings the emotional depth and intimacy resulting in empathetic reactions from the viewers. 

Faces of Disconnect

HOW Literary & Art Journal, Issue #11, An Interview with Patty Horing See the full article here

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