Patrick Shirvington’s work investigates the relationship with the natural world through drawing, believing the practice of drawing is fundamental to the cognitive process and to opening doors to the unseen. Shirvington tells his story with mythical symbols, whether from the brush on a large canvas to the more intimate illustrations in Artist’s books, he feels the unknown is more important than the known, as it awakens our dreams and intuition.
Through our dreams we delve deeper than the mere surface. Shirvington’s artmaking looks at the natural world surrounding us, firstly bringing our attention to the picture surface, followed by a deeper revelation. He is an accomplished children’s book illustrator. He has a Master of Cross Disciplinary Art and Design UNSW MCDArtDes. His picture books have received awards with worldwide publication.
Scouring the bushland of Bundanon for it’s hidden secrets, during his residency at Bundanon Shirvington documented Arthur Boyd’s presence from inside his living spaces, studio to the sandstone country of the Wodi Wodi and Yuin peoples.
Artist book: The Return 64 x 46 x 6 cm Pen and ink on paper. NSW Library collection. Artist image.Tibooburra Observations. 65 x102 cm Watercolour on paper. Artist image.