Patrick Howlett was born in Toronto, Ontario, 1971 and currently based in Montreal, Quebec. Howlett obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Concordia University, Montreal in 1997 and completed a Master of Fine Arts at the University of Victoria in 2006. In 2008, Howlett was a finalist in the RBC Canadian Painting Competition. His internationally exhibited work typically involves a commentary on technology and the digital age that results in multimedia paintings and drawings, and is often centred on the relationship between an image and a title. His work has been presented at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Musée d’art contemporain, Montréal; The Power Plant, Toronto; Art Gallery of Edmonton, Edmonton; Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; Atelierhof Kreuzberg, Berlin; Maison de la culture Côtes-des-Neiges, Montréal; Khyber Institute for Contemporary Arts, Halifax.
Patrick Howlett’s enigmatic paintings investigate the indeterminate nature of meaning in abstraction. His works are derived from a long process of transformations of images and text, a strategy that obfuscates a certain position of meaning while elaborating another.
(from Susan Hobbs)
egg tempera and gesso on routered panel