Pat Larter Pat Larter was an amazing woman. I knew ‘Pat’ through her husband Richard Larter’s paintings. Pat was Dick’s muse and his eternal subject, which made them both very well known figures in the art world, and Pat one of the most painted women in art history. After decades of posing Pat decided to ‘retire’’ in the mid-eighties. After years focussed on supporting Richard and his work, and raising a family, it was now her time to start making paintings of her own. I knew Pat well but it was not until her first solo exhibition at the Legge Gallery in 1992 that I got to meet the real Pat. Nothing prepared us for the exuberance of her paintings. It was as if a pent up energy had been released, there was a youthful exuberance, barely tempered by years of living amongst art and artists. The room was aglow with incandescent colour, metallic paints, glitter charged and squeezed straight from the bottles. Vivid lines of colour snaked over already vivid background layers. These were new and exciting abstract paintings, they pushed the limits with their savvy psychedelia. They were fresh, different and unique.
Pat Larter My Way 31st October - 21st November, 2020 http://www.utopiaartsydney.com.au/