Local Teen Makes First Place at the California State Fair
Patrick Mahony is an East Sacramento area teen who has made his mark here in several ways. Obviously his passion and hard work have paid off. He has a website displaying his talent and some of his senior project and studio class work pieces were displayed at a Second Saturday exhibit this April at Parlour By The Park. Currently one of his pieces, which is untitled, is on display as a First Place and Friends of The Fair Award winner in the Youth Art and Design Expo at the 2013 California State Fair. This is his second year placing at the fair. Patrick describes the entry process as simple and has won prizes two years in a row. Simply emailing an entry in March and paying a small fee and you are on your way to being judged and displayed. His inspiration for his watercolor was a fashion ad for Kenzo.
When asked how long Patrick has considered himself an artist, he says with confidence, “for as long as I could pick up a pencil. And by 7th grade I knew that I wanted to go to art school.” Patrick just graduated from West Campus High School where his senior project consisted of his own art show of mixed media. His parents have been very supportive, wanting their son to choose his passion to study and are proud to be sending him off to New York at Pratt Institute in New York City where he will study Illustrations and communications design. He is anxious and excited to start school in the fall and ultimately fulfill his dream of making a living off of his passion. That might include “catching peoples eye in editorial publications” as he explains but he looks forward to the educational journey of “finding his own voice. It can be one note but I want to solve questions.” And it is no wonder that he was accepted to one of his favored colleges. In his essay on his college application he wrote “Illustration allows the artist to traverse the limitations of the written word, communicating to a far broader audience. Above all, this strikes me as art’s most powerful quality. Words may reach many, but images reach everyone.”
His inspiration is drawn from artists such as Egon Schiele, a figurative painter, because of his portrayal of the human body. His inspiration also comes from fashion and from electronic music which Patrick feels is at a high point right now and is akin to his illustrations. Patrick has been using his favorite medians such as dry media. Mechanical pencils are one example. For more color he uses pen or anything that helps him create concise images and will often add digital composition. In fact Patrick likes to add color to line art. His message is often to find the beauty in what may be considered dark or taboo.
Regarding giving advice to youth or young adults about art, shows and competition Patrick says, “You might think the competition is too fierce but you are probably much better than you think you are and even though I understand that art is very personal, it is such a good thing to share it with the community because your art could have a great effect on others. There is a lot of recognition to be had.”
To enjoy Patrick Mahony’s winning watercolor, attend the Youth Art and Design Expo through July 28th at 1600 Exposition Blvd in Sacramento and visit his website at http://patrickmahony.tumblr.com/