Freeman Patterson: Embracing Creation

by Freeman Patterson, Tom Smart
Foreword by Terry Graff

Goose Lane Editions | September 24, 2013 | Hardcover

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Throughout photographer Freeman Patterson's remarkable decades-long career, his ambition has been to expose the spiritual, religious, and even mystical dimensions that lie beyond the literalness of the image itself. Patterson has continually strived to have viewers appreciate the compositional grammar and unique syntax of this visual art, pushing to transcend the picturesque qualities of the image and expand the viewing moment to a longer and more profound level of experience.

For Patterson, life, the mind, and nature are fully a part of each other. Through images that both inspire and provoke, Freeman Patterson: Embracing Creation shows us that such inter-connectivity is the mechanism by which all things are affected; this is the fundamental concept that Patterson lives, believes, and expresses as art.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 240 pages, 11.45 × 11.3 × 1.08 in

Published: September 24, 2013

Publisher: Goose Lane Editions

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0864929056

ISBN - 13: 9780864929051

Found in: Art and Architecture

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Freeman Patterson: Embracing Creation

Freeman Patterson: Embracing Creation

by Freeman Patterson, Tom Smart
Foreword by Terry Graff

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 240 pages, 11.45 × 11.3 × 1.08 in

Published: September 24, 2013

Publisher: Goose Lane Editions

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0864929056

ISBN - 13: 9780864929051

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Throughout photographer Freeman Patterson's remarkable decades-long career, his ambition has been to expose the spiritual, religious, and even mystical dimensions that lie beyond the literalness of the image itself. Patterson has continually strived to have viewers appreciate the compositional grammar and unique syntax of this visual art, pushing to transcend the picturesque qualities of the image and expand the viewing moment to a longer and more profound level of experience.

For Patterson, life, the mind, and nature are fully a part of each other. Through images that both inspire and provoke, Freeman Patterson: Embracing Creation shows us that such inter-connectivity is the mechanism by which all things are affected; this is the fundamental concept that Patterson lives, believes, and expresses as art.

From the Jacket

"Long before I knew from science that there is no fundamental distinction or separation between matter and spirit, I sensed it from my own experience. I realized it more consciously for the first time when I used a macro lens to peer through some tall grasses with my camera."

Freeman Patterson is acclaimed as one of the most distinguished photographers of the natural world. His verdant landscapes, sun-drenched deserts, and spectral images of human habitation reach toward us, touch us, and stir our hearts. Embracing Creation is an inspired journey through the renowned artist's creative process, vision, and experience.

Curator and art historian Tom Smart's opening essay peels away layers of mystique and reveals the soul of the man and his unique way of seeing, providing for the first time a complete portrayal of Patterson's œuvre. In his own words, Freeman Patterson candidly reveals the evolution of his creative techniques and the experiences that have shaped both his vocation and his life. For Patterson, there is no separation between mind and matter: life, the mind, and nature are fully conjoined. Published in conjunction with a major retrospective exhibition organized by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Embracing Creation gives readers and viewers privileged access to an abundantly intelligent universe as perceived through the lens of one of Canada's most outstanding photographers.

About the Author

Freeman Patterson is one of the preeminent photographers in Canada. He was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Art in 1975 and appointed to the Order of Canada in 1985. Among his many awards are the gold medal for photographic excellence by the National Film Board of Canada, the Hon. EFIAP of the Fédération internationale de l'Art Photographique (Berne, Switzerland(, and the gold medal for distinguished contribution to photography from the Canadian Association for Photographic Art. He currently lives in Shamper's Bluff, New Brunswick, near his childhood home.The former Curator of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery from 1989 to 1997, Tom Smart is the author of numerous books on Canadian art and artists. He has showcased his curatorial skills and shared his knowledge in art galleries, museums and institutions across Canada and the United States, including the McMichael Canadian Art Collection and the Frick Art and Historical Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 2006 he was a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Carnegie Mellon University.Terry Graff is an accomplished visual artist, the recipient of major public sculpture commissions, and the first recipient of the Christina Sabat Award for Art Criticism in Atlantic Canada, sponsored by the Sheila Hugh MacKay Foundation. His work has been featured in numerous one?person and group exhibitions, and is included in many public and private collections across the country. Currently serving as Curator and Deputy Director at the Beav
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Throughout photographer Freeman Patterson's remarkable decades-long career, his ambition has been to expose the spiritual, religious, and even mystical dimensions that lie beyond the literalness of the image itself. Patterson has continually strived to have viewers appreciate the compositional grammar and unique syntax of this visual art, pushing to transcend the picturesque qualities of the image and expand the viewing moment to a longer and more profound level of experience.

For Patterson, life, the mind, and nature are fully a part of each other. Through images that both inspire and provoke, Freeman Patterson: Embracing Creation shows us that such inter-connectivity is the mechanism by which all things are affected; this is the fundamental concept that Patterson lives, believes, and expresses as art.



"Freeman [Patterson] has changed how we think, how we view, and how we make our photographs." — Sheena Wilke, editor, Canadian Camera