Chicago-born artist Patrick DeJuilio depicts aged structures and utilitarian objects in his evocative, three-dimensional wall pieces. He adeptly combines architectural millwork and furniture manufacturing scraps, with found objects, plaster, and paint to create unique, representational snapshots in time. The mood of each project is transformed as the curious angles, ragged edges and recesses maximize the effects of shifting ambient light. Patrick uses unexpected vantage points, a multitude of surface styles, and subtle clues in his work to suggest what is absent – a human subject. Doors, windows, blind corners, and broken walls invite the viewer to “step into” the work and create a story based on their own experience.
Patrick DeJuilio’s work is inspired by the rich architectural heritage of the Midwest, experiences in the Great Lakes Region, and his travels abroad. He pursued a multi-disciplinary arts education and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Western Illinois University. Patrick was tutored in stained-glass techniques soon after. He honed his woodworking and carpentry expertise as a builder and furniture craftsman, while completing stained-glass commissions in his studio and teaching classes on the subject to adult learners. In 2003, his manual dexterity was compromised by nerve damage in his hand, ending his work with glass. His diligent search for a new creative outlet resulted in his current body of work.
Patrick DeJuilio is represented by: Higher Art, Traverse City, MI, Dovetail Rivet & Stitch, Galesburg, IL; formerly represented by LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids & Douglas, MI