Healing: Patrick Semple

For Patrick, art is the ritual act of healing. Throughout this pandemic Patrick has turned to art for inner development and as a form of ‘medicine’ to sustain the health of his mind and body. In his vibrant works, he seeks to awaken the senses and encourage viewers to connect with their wild, natural selves. Patrick shares how solitude is vital for his art practise and how he is a detective on the hunt for aesthetic beauty and resonance.

Art is the ritual act of healing, tuning into our truest, most unique impulses of evolution. 

We are currently in a global pandemic. How has this time influenced your art practice?

During this time I’ve looked to art-making for inner development, transformation and bodily health— even more than before.  It’s as important as exercise.  Creative emanations take up a lot of room in the mind and body, and must be acted on or I’ve found that they can manifest as health problems.  Stress, sleeplessness, overall disease occur when I don’t act on painting ideas. I feel beyond blessed to know that this is the answer for me. With sickness abound, quarantine and it’s socially stifling effects on humanity, self-expression is as important as ever for us to stay fit, well, positive and is vital for feeling in control. 

‘Papillon’
Do you have any art rituals?


To me there is no separation; art is the ritual act of healing, tuning into our truest, most unique impulses of evolution. This distillation of desire, through the program of colour, shape and form on canvas are what produce the medicine for myself and hopefully others.  In the studio, glasses of water are prepared, certain colours are laid out, a song is played on repeat for hours on end, the phone is put in another room— another planet.  Undergoing a trance-like state, I’m able to fully commit to the work at hand.  Solitude is vital.   

I’m very active; I’m a detective on the hunt for aesthetic beauty and resonance. 

‘Santa Monica Freeway’
Walk us through your creative process .. what are the different stages of your work? From initial concept to the execution of your idea

I’m very active; I’m a detective on the hunt for aesthetic beauty and resonance.  Going on trips in the wild, spending time in nature, walking, discovering the streets of LA on foot, taking in new sights, smells, sensations; the way dusk light reflects across the cityscape are all informative of my work.  Entering the studio with an idea in mind is important, while remaining unattached to those ideas and becoming willing and ready to pounce. That risk-taking, mystery, along with problem solving, focus and imagination are what make painting exciting. I make a series of Dark and then Light impressions, leaving a wide margin for spontaneity to reveal itself. It’s  more about discovery than being correct. The work will let me know when it’s finished.

‘Untitled (wet ass painting)’
What messages and sensations do you hope your art will bring to the viewer? 

To provide serenity in one’s home or space; instil hope for a more bountiful, creative life; to awaken the senses and help viewers connect with their wild, natural selves. I hope that my finished work is a catalyst for self-expression, bulldozing barriers of doubt and old, useless thought patterns to inspire viewers to find new ways to create and feel free to experience nature’s intelligence first-hand like painting has done for me. 

I hope that my finished work is a catalyst for self-expression, bulldozing barriers of doubt and old, useless thought patterns

To view more of Patrick’s work:

Website: Www.patricklorenzosemple.com
Instagram: @patrick_semple_

Patrick Semple

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