A New Zealand abstract artist, Keith Patterson was born in 1925. He was one of a group of artists who emerged just after World War II, younger than more established figures such as Colin McCahon, Toss Woollaston and Rita Angus. As with his contemporary, the painter Denis Knight Turner, Patterson spent many years living abroad and has been slow to gain deserved recognition in the land of his birth. As a young Aucklander, Patterson was a member of the literary and artistic circle which admired the efforts of novelist Frank Sargeson in creating a writing style which could truly be said to convey the way New Zealanders thought, felt and spoke. This group of painters and writers, are known as the Landfall Generation after the periodical which first published their work. The prevailing sentiment of this group was to create work which distinctively reflected the New Zealand way of life. In his painting, Patterson combined this spirit of creative nationalism with an awareness and appreciation of the ground-breaking work being carried out by European modernists. He was a co-founder of the Contemporary Artists' Group.
Our database records art auction sales of works by Keith Patterson from 1991 and in total 187 works by the artist have been offered for sale, of which 115 (61%) were sold. The highest price recorded for the artist is $4,794 for Abstracted Street Scene with Music Stand sold by Webb's in May 2007. This year one work has been offered for sale. Works by Keith Patterson are held by the Auckland Art Gallery.
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