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Daniel's paintings explore the extremes of landscape, ranging from coastal environments to arid regions of the outback such as Mutawinjti, the Flinders and Macdonnell Ranges. Much of Daniel´s work is painted directly from the subject, "en plein air". Daniel Pata regularly travels on painting trips within Australia, and pre-covid spent time drawing and painting in France, where he has explored aspects of Cézanne´s pictorial elements which have significantly influenced the nature of his work.
I respond to the differences of light, shade and colour giving distinction to various places. Added compositional factors create an alignment with abstract qualities that interest me. ~ Daniel Pata, 2021.
Daniel Pata is represented in major Public Collections in Australia and Internationally, including The Gosford Regional Gallery Collection, NSW; Sturt University, NSW; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT; St Peters College, Oxford University, UK, and numerous Corporate and Private collections in Australia, Europe, USA.
2021 Daniel Pata: Travels, Artsite Contemporary Galleries, Sydney, NSW
2004 Echo de Lumière: passages Australians et Française, Galerie Foch, France and travelled to: Brousse-le-Château, France
2002 Panoramas, Robin Gibson gallery, Sydney
2000 Sketches of France, Robin Gibson Gallery Sydney
1998 Daniel Pata - MFA Exhibition, COFA exhibiting gallery, Sydney
1997 Images of France, Glen St. theatre, Sydney
1995 Visual Dairies, Hill Smith Fine Art, Adelaide
1990 A European Experience, Artarmon Galleries, Sydney
1985 Works of Italy and Australia, The Painters Gallery, Sydney
2021 Finalist Exhibition, Wynne Prize, Art Gallery NSW (AGNSW), Sydney, NSW
2020 Reflections of an Ancient Land: The MacDonnell Ranges, Artsite Galleries, Sydney, NSW
Taiwan-Australia Exhibition, Dadun Cultural Center, Taichung, Taiwan.
2020, 14 Collectors' Choice, Artsite Galleries, Sydney, NSW
2019 Conversations with Alice, Gallery Lane Cove and Creative Studios,
David Asher Brook | John Edwards | Daniel Pata, Artsite Galleries, Sydney, NSW
Australian Watercolour Society, Juniper House, Paddington
2018 The Art of Friendship, Gallery Lane Cove and Creative Studios, Sydney
All is (not) Black & White, Artsite Galleries, Sydney, NSW
2015 Landscapes and Interiors with Figures, curated by Max Taylor AM, Artsite Galleries, Sydney, NSW
2014 Winter Solace, Artsite Galleries, Sydney, NSW
La Belle Poussière, Artsite Galleries, Sydney, NSW
2012 Traditions and Transformation: Taiwan-Australia Watercolour Exhibition, Taiwan and Mosman Regional Art Gallery, Sydney
2011 IX Bienal, Internacional de la Acuarela, Mexico
2010 Finalist Exhibition. NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize, Parliament House, Sydney, NSW
Royal Watercolour Society, Royal Cornwall Museum, Cornwall, UK
2009 Finalist Exhibition, Dobell Drawing Prize, AGNSW, Sydney
2006 Sydney 06, Harmony, Shanghai Painting institute, Shanghai, China
2004 Spectrum 2004, NSW Parliament House, Sydney
2003 Finalist Exhibition, Kedumba Drawing Award, Wentworth Falls
1999 Sydney Figurative Painters, Hill Smith Fine Art, Adelaide
Silver: 26th Anniversary Exhibition, COFA, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney
1993 Paysage Française, Galerie Julien, Paris, France
1991 Finalist Exhibition, ACTA Maritime art award, Blaxland Gallery, Sydney
1990 Finalist Exhibition, John Olsen Drawing Prize, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, NSW
2015 Brushes with History: Masters of Watercolour, van Nunen, Linda and van Nunen, David, 2015,The Beagle Press, Roseville, NSW. ISBN: 9780646909455.
2010 NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize, (Catalogue) page 38 (Daniel Pata Mutawinji, Episodes in Time, (triptych) oil on panel 22 x 12 cm (3 panels)), Published by NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize Committee Incorporated, 2010.
2006 The Australian Watercolour Institute: A Galley of Australia’s Finest Watercolours, Pinson, Peter/ Campbell, Jean/ Laverty, Peter; 2006, Phillip Mathews Book Publishers.
1990 Artists and Galleries of Australia, Volumes 1 & 2, Germaine, Max. Third Edition. Craftsman Press, Sydney, 1990. (Page 532)
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Sydney Heads from Rocky Point Island, Hunters Bay (Balmoral Beach), 2020