About Patrick Gannon
Patrick Gannon’s artwork is created entirely of cut-paper (and often wood) in his studio in Osaka, Japan, where he lives with his amazing wife and a very, very large collection of paper from all over the world.
At once dark and playful, pensive and optimistic, his work explores spirit and concept with the gorgeous textures of hand-made papers. His artwork brings together his life and experiences in urban Japan with his upbringing on a farm in New Jersey where he was surrounded and occasionally attacked by animals and the natural world. Fascinated from an early age by the mythology and fables created to explain the world around us, he builds up layers of paper and meaning to explore and reveal.
After studying literature at Providence College, Rhode Island, he went on to receive his MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design. His work has been published in books, magazines, and newspapers. His work has been exhibited at galleries, museums and more throughout the United States, Europe, mainland Asia and Japan.
Cut-paper art has its origins in China, about a day-and-a-half after paper itself was invented. Since then, the tradition has spread to every continent, evolving in new and intriguing directions. Patrick is thrilled to be part of such a distinguished tradition, and he's constantly excited to see what new directions the medium can be pushed in.