New Exhibit Opens October 22 at Foxworthy Gallery

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Patrick Trimbath is a calm, positive new father and artist whose recent paintings express a deep and provocative quality.  His work will be featured in an exhibit called “All Things Shall Come to Pass,” opening Monday, Oct. 22, in Allan Hancock College’s Ann Foxworthy Gallery.  The exhibit continues through November 30.

Gallery director Marti Fast was intrigued with the energy and content in Trimbath’s work.  “He is a really quiet, positive, thoughtful guy, and I was surprised to see the apocalyptic, explosive energy in these 21 paintings,” she said.  “Patrick describes them as abstract landscapes, and they express a sense of loss in the aftermath of destruction, whether of the temporal world or shattered belief systems.  I find some pieces disturbing, and others quite meditative in a way.  It’s powerful work.”

Trimbath says that, although the natural world is referenced in various ways, “My paintings never depict a specific place.  They evoke the conception of a place or space, perhaps like a memory or vision.”  

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Trimbath is fascinated by the potential a painting holds for implying movement, energy and visual weight, despite the fact that it is basically a piece of canvas stretched on a frame with surface marks and textures made with paint.  “There can appear to be gravity or a physical force where there is actually none,” he says.  Fast agrees.  “The movement and energy in his work creates a space and time, and you can feel the heaviness of aftermath.  Even though it isn’t specifically depicted, some of these paintings remind me of those terrible weeks after 9-11 when we all tried to understand an event that ended life as everyone knew it before.  There is a layer of humanity, loss, and even hope, that Patrick infused into this work.”

Trimbath, a resident of Pismo Beach, is a part-time instructor at both Allan Hancock College and Cuesta College, teaching drawing, art appreciation and painting.  He earned his MFA from Western Michigan University and has exhibited his work at places such as the Ann Arbor Arts Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan; the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo at the Epic Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan; the Muskegon Museum of Art; the Michigan State Senate; the Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University; and most recently at McKinley West Gallery in Reno, Nevada. 

Pictured above left is "Firestarter;" "Whirligig is shown above right.  All works in the exhibit are acrylic on canvas.

The Ann Foxworthy Gallery is located in the Academic Resource Center, bldg. L-South, in the heart of the Santa Maria campus.  Hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7:45 p.m., and Friday, 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.  The gallery is closed weekends and school holidays.  For more information, call the fine arts department at (805) 922-6966 ext. 3252, or Fast at ext. 3465.  The toll free number in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties is 1-866-DIAL AHC (342-5242); once connected, enter the four-digit extension number. 

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Last Modified Jan 17, 2014