Biography of Pat Fallon
Fallons arrived in Colombia in the 1820s about the same time that my Mother’s Byrne and Livaudais ancestors were settling in Louisiana. Both families were searching for a new beginning in a new world. I was born much later in Cartagena, Colombia where my father was stationed as a Captain in the Colombian Navy; his parents were then Colombian Consul General in the USA.
Born November 2, 1939, Cartagena, Colombia, South America, to Captain Carlos Fallon of Bogotá, Colombia, and the U.S.A., and Maureen Byrne Fallon Laird of New Orleans, LA. U.S.A.
U.S. Citizen, Certificate of Citizenship on file at the U.S. State Department
Minor print, 1982, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio
Minor paint, 1980, the Cleveland Institute of Art, Ohio
Minor art, 1962 Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio
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My work has been called contemporary abstract realism, I call it magic realism because magic is about the appearance and disappearance of things. I do that whether working with landscapes and apples often referencing metaphors whether looking at landscapes through the distortion of mirrors or apples as a combination of subatomic particles. I am fascinated by the concept of a universe full of the movement of particles that we know exist because they have left traces in a cloud chamber when they have gonet. Next to that understanding, magic realism abstractly expressed in visual art seems tame. Essentially we are bioengineered Bots whose eyes transmit images to be mirrored by our synapses to relay and connect for conclusions to be made by the mind which is not located anywhere that we know. In short, we believe what we think we see. But what we think we see is not entirely what we are seeing. Our mind has filled in the gaps according to what it thinks belongs there. Knowing that has allowed me to add and subtract visions to what I think I see, ergo Magic Realism. Picasso played with these notions as a Surrealist. Examples of magic realism in literature are Cervantes’ Don Quixote and Gabriel Marquesz Garcia’s Solidad, both works are informative and enjoyable in their execution, I hope you experience my work in the same way.
MOTTO: The Only Good Artist Is A Dead Artist.
The only good artist is a dead artist because they are the artists whose work is 'limited' assessed, and judged in relation to current times, and usually in terms of temporizing styles and specious values. Work that is 'important' today--work that is of historical value or on 'the cutting edge' may not be preserved, or even thought about in the future. Historians, like museum curators and art critics, are selective about what is preserved.
The criteria are specific:
- First you have to be dead [dead people have a limited body of work].
- Dead artists provide opportunities for live people to re-invent their lives, and interpret their motives and work, without penalty.
My advice is to just keep working because if you are worried about whether your work is great art, or any kind of art at all, you are wasting time. You have to be dead a long time before society figures out what may be your worth to the world. And besides, who knows whether today's art will be tomorrow's 'important work' or yesterday's kitsch.
Self Employed: Painter/Printmaker
Professor Art Dept. and Academic Core, Ursuline College.
Chairperson the Art Department.
Associate Professor, tenured, Ursuline College.
Art Department Chair, Ursuline College.
Assistant Professor Art, Ursuline College.
Art Department Head, Ursuline College.
Retirement: Retired June 15, 2016
Professor Emerita at Ursuline College.
"Life without festivals is like a
long road without inns"