Patrick Schmidt creates hardedge colour fields with a digital sensibility that explores the language of abstraction. Influenced by Op Art, Schmidt was born in the American Midwest where he worked with abstract shapes and forms to confront the world around him.
Early in his career, Schmidt used stencils and wallpaper to develop his compositions. Now in his digital design process, he layers found patterns over one another in order to transform unique imagery into complex universal symbolism. His aggressive use of colour is frenzied and political, while his groovy, ridged patterns challenge our aesthetic prejudices. Optical transparency and mathematical geometry demand focus—yet require distraction at the same time. Schmidt’s work is a balance of harmony and chaos. A mirror of our times, it shows us who we are.
A working artist who has taught painting, drawing, and design for over 20 years, Schmidt has work is in private collections around the world. He has exhibited in Los Angeles and New York City, as well as in France and Italy. He currently lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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