Patrick Shirvington

Patrick Shirvington’s work investigates his relationship to the natural world through drawing. In completing his Masters of Cross-Disciplinary Art and Design at UNSW in 2015, Shirvington’s main area of study is the nexus between art and the natural world, believing the process of drawing is fundamental to the cognitive process opening doors to the unseen. For Shirvington, exploring the landscape through elementary observation falls short and does not open the door to human understanding. He feels that it is only through visceral surveillance, veneration and imagination can we appreciate ecology, highlighting our connection to it.

Patrick Shirvington started his journey as an artist in 1975 when he began painting full time. In the following two years, he travelled through Europe and USA and participated in drawing class at the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere, Paris. He completed his Masters of Cross Disciplinary Art & Design at University of NSW in 2015.  Patrick Shirvington was a finalist in the Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing in 2012 & 2011, Kedumba Drawing Award in 2009, 2006 & 2003 and he was also a finalist in the Archibald Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW in 1999 as well as numerous other art prizes. His work is in the collection of Edogowa Museum, Osaka, Japan, Kedumba Drawing Collection, Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, Macquarie University, Arthur Boyd Bundanon Collection, Adelaide Perry Gallery Collection, Australian Stock Exchange as well as various corporate and private collection.

Patrick Shirvington Talk on the Phenomenology of Drawing Sydney Society of Conservation Biology