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Richard Patterson takes miniature toy figures, smears them with multicoloured paint and then photographs them against a variety of backgrounds. These photos are in turn daubed with more pigment. Patterson's large-scale paintings are meticulous copies of the resulting photographs.

The blurred background contrasts with the painstaking detail of the minotaur and the paint splashes. This confuses the distinction between abstract and representational areas of paint. By enlarging his little minotaur to grandiose proportions, Patterson gives a kitsch, plastic toy both sinister and slightly absurd overtones.

September 2004