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Patrick Archer

 (born 1926)
Patrick Archer is active/lives in Florida, California.  Patrick Archer is known for collage.

Patrick Archer

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Artist Statement:
If I weren't an artist I'd be ashamed of myself!!

Pryor to my mother's passing some years ago, she sent a crate of things relating to me she'd saved since my birth. The very first drawing I did when about 3 years old was included. I still have it.

My interest in Art has never wavered through High School (Whittier, CA), 3 years in the US Navy, College (Principia in Elsah, IL), or Graduate School ( Arts & Crafts in Oakland, CA). And, as a recently retired Art Professor at a small college in Florida, am actively producing, daily.

My works are included in the following public collections:
- The Albright-Knox Museum, Buffalo, NY
- The Boca Raton Museum, Boca Raton, FL
- The Norton Museum, W.Palm Beach, FL
- The Vero Beach Museum, Vero Beach, FL
- The Stamford Museum, Stamford, CN
- The Silvermine Guild, Silvermine, CN
- The Waterloo Museum, Waterloo, IA
- The Society of Four Arts, Palm Beach, FL

As well as in these private collections:
- Beth Rudin DeWoody, NYC, NY
- Princess Francesca Chigi, Rome, Italy
- Algur Meadows, Dallas, TX
- Eritt Cord, Reno, NV
- William Marsteller, NYC, NY
- John Mack Carter, NYC, NY
- Irving Luntz (ADAA), Palm Beach, FL
- William Constable, Boston, MA
- E.F. Hutton, NYC, NY
- Ogden Phipps, Palm Beach, FL
- Alfonso Fanjul, Palm Beach, FL
-- and others -

Recent Awards:
- 2002- Philip Hulitar Award, Society of 4-Arts, Palm Beach, FL (A national Contemporary Painting competition)
Recent Exhibitions:
- 2002- Merrill Lynch Gallery, NYC, NY
- 2001- Cagne-sur-Mer Museum, Cagne-sur-Mer, France
- 2001- Boca Raton Museum, Boca Raton, FL
- 2001- Vero Beach Museum, Vero Beach, FL

I liken the production of a collage to a symphony orchestra conductor, who takes a wide variety of individual, professional musicians and "blends" them into a uniquely new expression. These collages utilize disparate elements taken from magazines, catalogs, books, brochures, old billboard scrapings, and whatever other sources (even discarded paintings) and reconstitutes them into original works.

William Zimmer, a contributing critic for The New York Times, said of my work, "Archer has a pile of advertising posters and other detritus in his backyard which he allows to grow moldy, and this becomes organic. When he uses material treated this way in a work it has a certain authority because it comes out of the earth. He likens his predilection for venerable-looking components to Leonardo's delight in 'little adventures,' such as stained walls. Like Da Vinci, Archer rejects little, for his working attitude means the eventual subordination of intellectual choices to the surprise of randomness."

Though working only a few years in this medium, a whole new world of infinite possibilities is opened for this artist and any viewer. The imagination is allowed to roam, unfettered by "the world's" considerations.

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About  Patrick Archer

Born:  1926
Known for:  collage