‘I strive to be unique, my work will divide opinion. Strength with a hint of fragility, masculine with undertones of the feminine, human but referencing the animal. It touches on subjects of sexual deviancy, containment and aggression. On a deeper level, there are echoes of religious symbolism, making distasteful subjects into attractive physical forms.’
Orginally trained as a ceramicist, Patrick Colhoun’s practice is now multi-disciplinary with sculptures and installations combining
black clay, hosiery, latex, piercings and metal spikes.
Conceptually, the works hint at bondage and sexual deviancy, with the repeated motif of the truncated male head and torso.
The first public exhibition of his work coincided to the day with redundancy after a twenty year career. This was followed one year later by the death of his father. Colhoun’s work has been shaped largely by these events and by the realization that the work has been the thing that has helped him work through these issues. More than that, these events shaped a direction for his work which he has expanded upon and developed to this day.
Colhoun has always strived to be unique with his art. He enjoys dividing opinion and invites the audience to either love or hate his sculptures! Surprisingly, the positive response to the darker themes encouraged Colhoun to push the boundaries of taste even further and he soon introduced objects and materials into the clay sculptures.
Since winning the 2011 sculpture category at the Signature Art Awards in London, Colhoun’s practice has developed internationally,
now regularly exhibiting across Europe and beyond…
Perspective and Proportion Loft Gallery, Portaferry, Northern Ireland.
Life, Rugby and Art in Shoreditch. The World Museum of Rugby, Twickenham Stadium, London.
FIN The Bermondsey Project Space, London.
Little Kingdoms Catalyst Arts, Belfast.
All Fired Up Gallery Zozimus, Dublin.
Material Subversion The Naughton Gallery, Queens University, Belfast.
Summer Exhibition Engine Room Gallery, Belfast.
COVER UP! Gallery Zozimus, Dublin.
Art for NSPCC The MAC, Belfast.
GLUE 4Most Gallery, University of Florida, Gainsville, Florida, USA.
GLUE WARPhaus Gallery, University of Florida, Gainsville, Florida, USA.
GLUE Hardman Hall Gallery, Mercer University, Macon, Georgia, USA.
Snap to Grid Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, USA.
Domestic Arttank Gallery, Belfast.
Bliss Linenhall Library, Belfast.
Group Exhibition Canvas Galleries, Belfast.
Unlikely Union, 20 Years of Art and Rugby in Shoreditch The Stringer Gallery, London. Details here.
Cluj International Ceramics Biennale Museum of Art, (Bannfy Palace) Cluj, Romania. (Details here)
Art in the Eastside Engine Room Gallery, Belfast. (Details here).
PRECURSOR Catalyst Arts, Belfast.
Prismism Transmission Gallery, Glasgow.
Summer Group Exhibition Engine Room Gallery, Belfast.
ForM Sculpture Exhibition Bangor Castle Walled Garden, Bangor, County Down.
Bespectacled, Belfast Photo Festival Platform Arts, Belfast. (Details here).
Irish Ceramics Awards Finalists Exhibition Mill Cove Gallery, Cork.
GLUE Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick
Group Exhibition The Workhouse Gallery, Harrogate
Cork Street Open Winter Exhibition The Gallery on Cork Street, London. (Details here).
Celebration of Sport (Outside the White Cube) The Bermondsey Project Space, London. (Details here)
Warning! This is Contemporary Art The Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast. (Details here)
Conception Part Two (Belfast) Canvas Galleries. Belfast. (Details here)
Conception Part One (London) The Stringer Gallery, London. (Details here)
Fragile! In Transit Maxwell Street Studios, Belfast.
Canvas 200 Canvas Galleries, Belfast.
Group Exhibition Engine Room Gallery, Belfast
Group Exhibition Arboury Gallery, Bangor
Art at the Merchant Merchant Hotel, Belfast.
National Trust Ulster Gardens TourNational Trust at BBC NI’s House of the Year, Saintfield.
Walled Garden Sculpture Exhibition Bangor Castle, Bangor, Northern Ireland
Contemporary Ceramics Galateea Gallery, Bucharest, Romania. (Details here)
Contemporary Ceramics Group Exhibition The Paintbrush Factory, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. (Details here)
Home Grown F.E. McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge, Northern Ireland (Details here)
Talking Heads Deepa Mann-Kler/Patrick Colhoun. Canvas Galleries, Belfast.
Finalists Exhibition, Signature Art Awards Winner Sculpture Category. Vyner Street, London.
Jennie & Jessie Gunhammer Lupus Research Auction Auctioneer Hugh Edmeades, Christies, London.
Momac Pop-up Exhibition Curated by Roberta Moore and Lisa MacKenzie Art. Gloucester.
Art of Craft Market Place Theatre, Armagh, Northern Ireland.
Group Exhibition Emer Gallery, Belfast.
Small Works Exhibition Battletown Gallery, Newtownards.
Group Exhibition Engine Room Gallery, Belfast.
Group Exhibition Canvas Galleries, Belfast.
That’s Belfast Emer Gallery, Belfast.
Refound Pop Up Gallery Belmont Road, Belfast.
Primary Connection Belmont Tower, Belfast.
Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition Canvas Galleries, Belfast
Group Exhibition, Salamander Gallery, Belfast.
Belfast SpaceCRAFT, Belfast.
2013 Finalist, Irish Ceramics Awards Mill Cove Gallery, Cork.
2011 Winner, Sculpture Category Signature Art Awards The Execution Rooms, Vyner Street, London.
Catalyst Arts, Belfast.
Transmission Gallery, Glasgow.
Colhoun regularly works to private commission.
Ceramics Now Magazine Winter 2011/2012. Featured Artist
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