Grear Patterson
“Letter for Leland”
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Lot Details

acrylic on canvas
20 x 16 in. (50 x 40 cm.)
Year: 2020
Extra Info:

Initialed and dated in ink, verso

Location: Barcelona, Spain

Seller: Grear Patterson.

In the painting Letter for Leland, Grear Patterson draws from his filmmaking background to present a narrative that instantly grounds the audience in a relatable scene. A lone mailbox, an emblem of leafy American suburbia, occupies the center of canvas. A winding road behind it, empty and vast, slices through a crimson background that enhances the sense of anticipation. As a physical receptacle of news, the mailbox has become a surrogate for humans, particularly during lockdown. The restrictions on physical touch and the replacing of interpersonal interactions with a digital matrix of correspondence have turned mailboxes and humans alike into untouched vessels for communication. Letter for Leland, dedicated to a childhood friend and created while the Spain-based artist was under lockdown with his wife and newborn, is a nostalgic ode to a simpler past and a desire to reconnect.

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