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About

Patrick Quarm (b. 1988, Ghana) lives and works in Takoradi, Ghana. He graduated from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana, in 2012 with a BFA in Painting, before going on to study a Masters of Fine Art at Texas Tech University, which he completed in 2018. Recent solo exhibitions include Albertz Benda Gallery, New York, NY (2020), N'Namdi Contemporary, Miami, FL (2019) and Satellite Gallery, Lubbock, TX (2018). Institutional exhibitions include Contemporary Art Museum Plainview, Plainview, TX (2020); Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, MI (2020); Oso Bay Biennial XX, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX (2018); Rockport Center for the Arts, Rockport, TX (2018) and Caviel Museum of African American History, Lubbock, TX (2018).

 
 
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Artist Statement

I grew up in the postcolonial twin city of Sekondi-Takoradi, Ghana, which is marked with historical sites tracing the memory of imperialism. My presence and engagement with these residues of imperialism became the formative influence in how I understood and related with my environment. Out of my family home, I am known as Nzema, which is the ethnic group to which I belong. When I am located outside Ghana and in another African country, I am known as a Ghanaian. When placed outside Africa, in the United States, I am known as an African. This is how my identity connects to space and place be it local or foreign. I investigate the various complexities that compose the modern history of social evolution as a continuous process influenced by political, social, historical and immediate cultural expression. It is an attempt to unravel and merge these layers as a way of initiating a conversation around the expanded notion of cultural hybridity. One that merges histories and experiences and evolves a unique third personality or character. 

 

My paintings function as a form of cultural archeology, wherein I seek to excavate the layers of history that have been deposited over time. This is evident in the processes of layering, cutting and erasure. Through these I attain intricate in-between spaces, this becomes a way to develop understanding from the exterior issues to deeper truths which are hidden and shielded from view. A systematic buildup of true or false cores within which the hybrid becomes its author. This results in a painting this is characterized by a visual topography, commanding the experience and engagement of the viewer. I employ a juxtaposition of the traditional Western style of painting with African print fabrics as a metaphor to engage the dialogue of cultural hybrid and to compose an imagery that references the merging point of both cultures and further question what is true or false within the contemporary Ghanaian cultural third space.

 
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EDUCATION

2015–18     MFA Painting and Drawing, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX

                                     

2008–12     BFA Painting, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana

                                   

 

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

2020   Salvaged Imeprial, Albertz Benda Gallery, New York, New York

 

2019   Paradox: Surfaces of Self, N’Namdi Contemporary Miami. Miami, Florida

2018   Parallel Identities: Patterns of Place, Satellite Gallery, Lubbock, Texas

2017   There is Only One Side, CASP Studio 4, Lubbock, Texas. Curated by Victoria Marie Bee

   

 

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2020      INSIGHT, Pippy Houldsworth Gallery. Mayfair, London

2020      BLACK VOICES/BLACK MICROCOSM, CFHILL. Stockholm, Sweden

2020      Fragmented Bodies, Albertz Benda Gallery. New York, New York

 

2020    “More is More”, Contemporary Art Museum Plainview. Plainview, Texas

2020    “Translating Valence”, Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts (UICA). Grand Rapids, MI

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2019     Untitled Art Fair, Albertz Benda Gallery. Miami, Florida

 

2019     Anansesem, Albertz Benda Gallery. New York, New York

             Two person exhibition: Conrad Egyir and Patrick Quarm.

 

2019     Red Bull Artist in Resident Group Show, Red Bull House of Arts. Detroit, Michigan

2019     SNOW DAY, Thierry Goldberg Gallery. New York, New York.

 

2018     Prizm Art Fair, N’Namdi Contemporary Miami. Miami, Florida

 

2018     HOMEMADE, Library Street Art Collective. Detroit, Michigan. Curated by McArthur Binion

 

2018     PLACE, Norwest Gallery, Detroit, Michigan. Curated by Asia Hamilton

 

2018     Oso Bay Biennial XX: Realism Redux, Texas A&M University. Corpus Christi, TX

 

2018     Rising Eyes of Texas, Rockport Center for the arts, Rockport, Texas. Curated by Rainey Knudson

 

2018     West Meets West: Illuminated Figures, Caviel Museum of African America History, Lubbock, Texas.

              Two person exhibition: Prof. Alexander Bostic and Patrick Quarm. Curated by Lydia Thompson.

                                   

2018     Figure Resuscitation, Satellite Gallery, Lubbock, Texas. Curated by Jeramiah Macha and Samantha

             Resendez.

 

2017     Peckham International Art Fair (PIAF), Copeland Park & Bussey Building, London, England

 

2016     Annual MFA Show, Landmark Gallery, Lubbock, Texas. Curated by Landmark Gallery.

 

2015     Annual MFA Show, Landmark Gallery, Lubbock, Texas. Curated by Landmark Gallery.

 

2012     End of Year, K.N.U.S.T Museum, Kumasi, Ghana. Curated by KNUST Museum


2011     Illumination, K.N.U.S.T Museum, Kumasi, Ghana. Curated by Michael Sarkodie

 

2013     Art, Trade &Technology Fair, K.N.U.S.T Museum, Kumasi, Ghana. Curated by KNUST Museum

 

2011     Art, Trade &Technology Fair, K.N.U.S.T Museum, Kumasi, Ghana. Curated by KNUST Museum

 

2009     Art, Trade &Technology Fair, K.N.U.S.T Museum, Kumasi, Ghana. Curated by KNUST Museum

AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES

2019     Red Bull House of Art Artist in Residence, Detroit, MI (January-April)

 

2018     Thomas ‘Curry’ Roberts- Regent Endowment Art Scholarship, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX

 

2017     Alan and Lee Ann White Regents Endowment Visual & Performing Arts, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX

 

             Graduate Fellowship Award, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX

 

2016     Graduate Fellowship Award, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX

 

             Helen Devitt Jones Talent Based Scholarship, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX

 

2015     Graduate Fellowship Award, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX

 

             Helen Devitt Jones Talent Based Scholarship, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX

 

2006     Visual Art Student Award, Prempeh College, Kumasi, Ghana

PUBLICATIONS

2020    Art of Choice, “Patrick Quarm Brings Together A Hybridized Society”, February 5, New York, New York

            https://www.artofchoice.co/patrick-quarm-brings-together-a-hybridized-society/

 

2020    Sugarcane Magazine, “REVIEW: AFRICAN ARTIST TO WATCH BRINGS COLOR TO MIAMI”, January 13,”                  Miami, FL

            https://sugarcanemag.com/2020/01/review-african-artist-to-watch-brings-color-to-miami/

 

2019    Alive Magazine. “What Is It To Become: The Astonishing Art of Patrick Quarm, July 17”

            http://alivemag.com/what-it-is-to-become-the-astonishing-art-of-patrick-quarm/

 

2018    ARTFORUM. “Red Bull Arts Detroit Announces Recipients Of Expanded Residency And Fellowship Program,                    December 27” Detroit, Mi.

            https://www.artforum.com/news/red-bull-arts-detroit-announces-recipients-of-expanded-residency-and-                          fellowship-program-78228

 

2018     HYPERALLERGIC. “In Miami, a Fair for Artists from Africa and the African Diaspora Shines Again, December                 7,” Miami, FL.

             https://hyperallergic.com/474946/prizm-art-fair-2018-miami/

 

2018     TTU Discoveries Magazine Spring 2018. “Patrick Quarm: Exploring Identity Through Art, April 16,”   Lubbock,               Texas.

             https://www.depts.ttu.edu/vpr/discoveries/

 

2018     Glasstire. “Patrick Quarm’s Parallel Identities, April 11,” Houston, Texas.  

             http://glasstire.com/2018/04/11/patrick-quarms-parallel-identities/

 

2018     thebowerbird. “Patrick Quarm’s Parallel Identities, April 9,” Lubbock, Texas.

             http://www.thebowerbirdlbk.com/single-post/2018/04/09/Patrick-Quarm-Parallel-Identities

 

2018     Texas Tech Today. “Patrick Quarm: Exploring Identity Through Art, April 5,” Lubbock, Texas.

             http://today.ttu.edu/posts/2018/04/patrick-quarm

 

2018     Daily Toreador.com. “FFAT Exhibit to Honor African-American History Month, February 28,” Lubbock, Texas.

             http://www.dailytoreador.com/lavida/ffat-exhibit-to-honor-african-american-history month/article_6cae93f8-               1cfc-11e8-9965- 93d03a5fe7f8.html

 

2018     Texas Tech Today. “Graduate Student Artist to Discuss African-American History Month Exhibition, February                     27,” Lubbock, Texas.

             http://today.ttu.edu/posts/2018/02/adv-african-american-history-exhibit

 

2018     Fox34.com, “West Meets West’ Exhibit Highlights African and African-American Culture, February 01,”                       Lubbock, Texas.

             http://www.fox34.com/story/37629086/west-meets-west-exhibit-highlights-african-and-african-american-                   culture

 

2017     thebowerBird, “Fan Girl: Patrick Quarm, September 01,” Lubbock, Texas

             http://www.thebowerbirdlbk.com/single-post/2017/09/01/Fan-Girl-Patrick-Quarm

 

2017     Trove54 “Featured Artist: Patrick Quarm, February 20, London.

             https://trove54.org/featured-artist-patrick-quarm/

 

2012     Oil City Magazine, Western Region Artist, July 1, Takoradi, Ghana      

             http://www.oilcityghana.com/files/11.pdf

 

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