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Doug Patterson : Sacred Places of the World

In 2010 Doug Patterson exhibited his Artist in Paradise series at the National Theatre in London. This collection of works comprised over two hundred watercolours, oil paintings and drawings tracing the journeys of three travelling artists: Vasileio Barsky, Samuel Davis and Hercules Brabazon Brabazon. This work involved numerous journeys to Bhutan, the Christian Orthodox Monasteries of Mount Athos, Northern India and North Africa. The ‘Artist in Paradise‘ series took almost six years to complete. Read more about the Artist in Paradise project.

Following the successful Artist in Paradise exhibition at the National Theatre, Doug has since embarked on his next project – Sacred Places of the World.

The Sacred Places project involves visiting twenty selected locations around the world, each location involves a journey of discovery, and it will be illustrated in drawings and paintings created in situ. In tandem with this, Doug is also making sound recordings of people and their spiritual experiences en route.

In October 2010 Doug first travelled north from Kolkata by boat on the Hooghly River up to New Farraka and then transferred, via the navigable lock onto the Ganges sailing eventually to Patna.

The river journey is a microcosm of life and the river banks are lined with beautiful villages, ghats and temples. After disembarking at Patna, Doug travelled overland by train and bus to Bodhgaya, the most sacred place for Buddhists where Buddha received enlightenment. The final sacred place of Bodhgaya will be a glass sculpture.

In May and June 2011 Doug flew to Las Vegas to meet and old architect friend who he last saw in 1971. They started off from Las Vegas (the best of the worst) in a big Jeep to camp in the South Western Canyons of Utah, Arizona and New Mexico.

Armed with a folding wallpaper table he visited Bryce, Zion, Grand Canyons and Monument Valley and the final sacred place – Canyon de Chelly. Doug had prepared himself with a three month exercise programme to get fit for the walking and climbing, knowing this was to be a challenging journey to find the locations.

Doug had decided this journey was to be about painting big landscapes two metres wide.

The third pilgrimage was in September 2011, starting in Ireland at the pre-neolithic site of New Grange, sixty miles north of Dublin. This is the finest ‘passage tomb’ yet discovered and was built one thousand years before the pyramids. Doug then joined the Tenacious tall ship as volunteer crew to sail, via the Irish Sea, to the Tower of London, the final destination being the Chapel of St. John in The White Tower.

The vessel Tenacious is owned and run by the Jubilee Trust and the voyage took twelve days.  Doug considers this one of the most incredible journeys of his life. The vessel has approximately sixty five crew, seven are permanent, the rest are volunteers, with about sixteen of these registered as disabled. Some are blind, some paraplegic, but they are treated just the same as the able-bodied and expected to sail and maintain the vessel. Doug’s ‘buddy’ was a blind girl, Angie, who sailed the ship using the voice activated compass. Doug says that the voyage was hard work and great fun “with some of the most beautiful people on the planet” and he even overcame his fear of heights by going aloft up the main mast.

Doug’s next trip is to Jerusalem via Greece, Cyprus and Jordan. The Sacred Place is to be the Garden Tomb where Christ was thought to be placed following the crucifixion. He will visit, paint and draw a selection of the various multi religious sites of Jerusalem. Doug’s plan is that the complete Sacred Places project will be published as an illustrated book in 2012.

Doug Patterson is an architect and artist. He studied at the Royal College of Art and the Architectural Association. During the past thirty years he has worked on a variety of diverse projects, including a Moghul Estate on a private island in the West Indies and two private motor yachts of 126 metres and 60 metres. View more drawings and paintings by Doug Patterson at: www.dougpattersonartist.com.

Artworks Prize Draw: Landscapes, Places, Travel

As promised, another sneak preview of six more mini artworks in the Janette Place Mini Artworks Prize Draw in Artworks 12th annual art exhibition at Blackthorpe Barn, open daily from 10 September to 2 October 2011. Draw tickets are just £2 each. This selection features original artworks donated by: Roger Gamble, Anne Paton, Doug Patterson, Christine McKechnie, Gill Levin and Lynn Hutton.

Roger Gamble

Anne Paton

Doug Patterson

Christine McKechnie

Gill Levin

Lynn Hutton

The ‘Janette Place’ Mini Artworks Prize Draw takes place on Saturday 1st October 2011 at 4pm. Prize Draw tickets are on sale at £2 each throughout the duration of the Artworks exhibition – just enquire at the reception desk. All the mini artworks are original works of art! Read more about the history of the Mini Artworks Prize Draw.

The Mini Artworks Prize Draw provides funding for Artworks outreach work with local schools, with a proportion of the draw proceeds going to a nominated charity. In 2011 we are delighted to be supporting the innovative Bradfield Green Oak Centre project run by the Suffolk Wildlife Trust. You can follow the development of the project on the Bradfield Green Oak Centre’s blog.

Next time, we will feature another selection of six original mini artworks focusing on the broad theme of people and portraits.

The Artworks 12th annual art exhibition runs from 10 September – 2 October 2011, open 10am – 5pm daily, at Blackthorpe Barn, Rougham, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP30 9JG.

Entry to the Artworks exhibition is free, there is ample parking with full disability access (two wheelchairs are also available if required). There will also be the Artworks Cafe alongside the very popular Artworks Gallery Shop, selling small paintings, original prints & drawings, ceramics, sculpture and glass, in addition to a wonderful selection of artists greetings cards. We hope you will enjoy your visit!

Doug Patterson : travels in watercolour

Doug Patterson is a renowned archtitect & artist who, in his own words, says his feet have not touched the ground in the last six years!

However, he is also an artist very much with his feet on the ground – as his recent watercolour sketches demonstrate, revealing a unique insight into the locations, religious communities & styles of architecture that he has encountered on his extensive travels around the world.

Over the last six years Doug Patterson has been on a personal artistic crusade, retracing the journeys made by three 18th and 19th century travelling artists – Hercules Brabazon Brabazon, Vasileios Gregorovic Barsky & Samuel Davis – who between them recorded the three great world faiths – Islam, Buddhism and Orthodox Christianity.

Doug’s journeys in the footsteps of these three artists has included sketching and painting Islamic mosques and monuments in North Africa and India, Buddhist Dzongs in Bhutan and the Orthodox monasteries of Mount Athos and Meteora in Greece. This project, called Artists in Paradise, recently culminated in a well-received exhibition at the National Theatre, London in 2010.

The monastry of Hilandara, Mount Athos © Doug Patterson

Doug has visited Mount Athos in Greece twelve times, walking throughout the holy mountain and visiting all twenty Orthodox monasteries. Doug’s travels in Greece followed those of the artist and Russian monk, Vasileios Gregorovic Barsky, who in 1745 visited Mount Athos and recorded the life, landscape and architecture of the holy mountain. Doug Patterson’s Mount Athos portfolio consists of over 200 artworks, including sketches, water-colours and oil paintings. The Mount Athos series of works were recently exhibited in Saloniki in Greece, the exhibition then travels on to Athens and Istanbul, Turkey.

The Katholica, Hilandara, Mount Athos © Doug Patterson

Between 2005-2007 Doug travelled to Bhutan, the land of the Thunder Dragon, following the route of the artist, astronomer and director of the East India Company, Samuel Davis (1760-1819), who visited Bhutan in 1783. Doug’s Bhutan portfolio is a comprehensive contemporary collection of drawings and paintings of the landscape, life and architecture of all the 20 Dzongs (Buddhist monasteries) of Bhutan.

Jakor Dzong, Bhumthang, Bhutan © Doug Patterson

Buddhist Monks in Bhutan © Doug Patterson

Travelling through the region of northern India (of the Mughal Empire), Doug’s next series of paintings and drawings retraced the footsteps first taken by Hercules Brabazon Brabazon (1820-1904) who made numerous journeys recording the architecture of the Muslim and Christian world.

Jama Masjid mosque © Doug Patterson

Gurudwara Bagla Samib, Delhi © Doug Patterson

Doug Patterson is an artist who rarely stands still it seems! He has already begun a new travelling art project, called Sacred Places, in which over the next three years he hopes to visit twenty sacred locations worldwide. As Doug explains:

The first location in this project was the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya, India. The journey was by boat from Calcutta via the Hooghly and Ganges Rivers, first to New Farraka and then through the lock onto the River Ganges. We finally docked in Patna then went by road to Bodhgaya, finally to arrive at the most sacred Buddhist site, the Mahabodhi Temple, culminating in an intense spiritual experience. The various artworks illustrating this particular journey are now almost complete.

In November 2010 I then travelled to Albania to teach in the school of architecture and then I went on to Libya for Christmas and the New Year. This trip, first to Tripoli to visit Leptis Magna and Sabrata was astonishing, then on to Bengazi, and finally travelling 600km south through the Libyan desert to Gadhameson on the border of Algeria.

My next Sacred Place is an expedition for one month through the Canyons in Arizona, I will be travelling with an artist friend who lives in Flagstaff, we will walk and camp through Bryce, Zion, Grand Canyon and Monument Valley – the latter is the sacred place, and the journey is the Canyons.

Later in the year I am planning another journey (depending on current political events) to Yemen and Saudi Arabia, travelling overland from Aden to Sana and then to Riyadh. This journey, which follows the ancient Frankincense trade route between Yeman and Saudi Arabia, will include initial studies in watercolors (and then later as oil paintings in my studio) of the traditional architecture and mosques. My route will take in Aden via Tarrin, Kawkaban, Sana and the Wadi Dhahr Valley in Yemen, then crossing over into Saudi Arabia via Najran, Abha, Jeddah, Medina and Riyadh.

Artworks wishes Doug yet another  ‘bon voyage’ and we look forward to the seeing the new ‘Sacred Places’ series as it evolves. In the meantime you can listen to Doug Patterson talking about the ideas & inspiration of his earlier travels on BBC Radio 4’s travel programme, Excess Baggage.

Doug Patterson trained at the Royal College of Art, then studied Architecture at the Architectural Association, graduating in 1974. He established his own architectural design practice and has spent the last twenty five years working on a wide variety of projects, ranging from film sets to a 28-suite luxury yacht. You can view his comprehensive art portfolio on Doug Patterson‘s own website.