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Freeman Patterson
Freeman Patterson
Freeman Patterson
Freeman Patterson
Freeman Patterson
Freeman Patterson
Freeman Patterson

Freeman Patterson

Throughout photographer Freeman Patterson's remarkable decades-long career, his ambition has been to expose the spiritual, religious, and even mystical dimensions that lie beyond the literalness of the image itself. Patterson has continually strived to have viewers appreciate the compositional grammar and unique syntax of this visual art, pushing to transcend the picturesque qualities of the image and expand the viewing moment to a longer and more profound level of experience.

For Patterson, life, the mind, and nature are fully a part of each other. Through images that both inspire and provoke, Freeman Patterson: Embracing Creation shows us that such inter-connectivity is the mechanism by which all things are affected; this is the fundamental concept that Patterson lives, believes, and expresses as art.


Freeman Patterson is one of the preeminent photographers in Canada. He was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Art in 1975 and appointed to the Order of Canada in 1985. Among his many awards are the gold medal for photographic excellence by the National Film Board of Canada, the Hon. EFIAP of the Fédération internationale de l'Art Photographique (Berne, Switerland), and the gold medal for distingushed contribution to photography from the Canadian Association for Photographic Art. He currently lives in Shamper's Bluff, New Brunswick, near his childhood home.

Tom Smart is the Executive Director and CEO of the McMichael Canadian Collection, Kleinburg, Ontario, and the President of the McMichael Canadian Art Foundation. For seven years he was Director of Collections and Exhibitions at the Frick Art & Historical Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he developed an ambitious international exhibition program, and at the same time, he was appointed a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. He served as Acting Director of the Winnipeg Art Gallery from 1997 until 1999 and was Curator of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton from 1989 to 1997. Smart is the author of nine books and catalogues. His most recent book is the critically acclaimed Alex Colville: Return, which moved criticism of Colville's works to a new intellectual level. His 1995 book The Art of Mary Pratt: The Substance of Light won the Atlantic Provinces Booksellers Association Booksellers Choice Award, the Studio Magazine Award of Merit, and the Printing Industries of America Award of Merit. It was included in Great Canadian Books of the Century.

Terry Graff is an accomplished visual artist, the recipient of major public sculpture commissions, and the first recipient of the Christina Sabat Award for Art Criticism in Atlantic Canada, sponsored by the Sheila Hugh MacKay Foundation. His work has been featured in numerous one?person and group exhibitions, and is included in many public and private collections across the country. Currently serving as Curator and Deputy Director at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, his extensive career in the visual arts includes holding the position of Executive Director of three public art galleries in three different provinces of Canada: the Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; Rodman Hall Arts Centre, St. Catharines, Ontario; and Confederation Centre Art Gallery & Museum, Charlottetown, PEI.

Redgees Legacy Award

"To try to describe Patterson's images is almost impossible except to say that he manages to pull the essence out of his subject and present it in a way that makes you exclaim, "I never saw it like that!" And, that is where his creative exploration of our surroundings and subjects lure you in and capture your soul. He shares with you his experiences and his vision — his unique way of seeing and relating with nature. This magnificent book with its stunning imagery brings together Patterson"s belief that life, mind and nature meld into one. It is a joy to read and a profound feast for the eyes and will surely spark the reader to experiment and explore their own creativity." — ApogeePhoto.com

"[T]he total collection confirms — if there was need — that Patterson is not only one of Canada's finest artists, but one of international stature." — The Guardian

"Over 100 stunning images complemented by Patterson's lucid prose make Freeman Patterson: Embracing Creation... a volume to be treasured, for the sheer beauty of the photography and for the thoughtfully presented holistic theory of art." — Atlantic Books Today

"This beautifully crafted volume of images is not typical of most nature photography books that illustrate places and things. Instead, Patterson's work draws you in to the delicate qualities of life and the relation between matter and spirit." — Winnipeg Free Press

"Freeman [Patterson] has changed how we think, how we view, and how we make our photographs." — Sheena Wilke

"Freeman Patterson breathes life, love, and happiness into the art of making pictures." — Lorraine Monk

240 pages
Pub date: September 24, 2013