Patrick Close

About the Artist

As a kid Patrick Close was interested in scientific study and around age ten he discovered the magic of photography. He obtained all the chemical supplies he needed from the pharmacy and he printed on 3x5 velox paper. His  darkroomLight-tight room used for processing or printing photographic materials. (  was a closet in his Hafford, Saskatchewan home and he burned a candle as the safe-light. The prints he made were from negatives of his family and his father’s adventures in the army and the air force during the Second World War.

Close studied psychology and philosophy at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec for one year and then completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Saskatchewan, in Saskatoon in 1973. He did not have much formal training in photography but credits his time as a medical photographer at the University of Saskatchewan, apprenticing under Hans Dommasch, as the source of his learned technical skills. The job demanded quality work whether it involved taking photographs in the operating room or during autopsies, or taking x-rays.

He left this job for a year to travel and conducted independent art research in Europe. Returning to Canada, he worked a short time as an audio-visual technician before becoming the director/curator of the Photographers Gallery in Saskatoon in 1977. During the three years spent there he and the other members started one of the first collections of Fine Art photography in Canada.

From 1979 through 1982, Close spent time learning more about museums, cultural  conservationPreservation from loss, damage, or neglect, stabilizing chemically and structurally, sustaining the survival of objects as long as possible in what is closest to their original form. The application of science to the examination and treatment of objects, and to the study of the environments in which they are placed — used, transported, and stored. What differentiates art conservation from art restoration is the conservator's avoidance of adding anything to an object that cannot be easily removed or identified. Some also address restoration and other issues involving museology. (  and cultural resource management. During that same time he worked as a Visual Arts Consultant for the Saskatchewan Arts Board, and since 1990 he has been the Executive Director of CARFAC Saskatchewan. His knowledge and training are in demand as he is often requested to lecture and share his expertise as a juror, consultant, regional representative, coordinator or guest artist.

Close has established himself as an outstanding black-and-white photographer and his works are included in many prominent exhibitions and collections around the world. Not content to sit back and enjoy his photographic success, Close decided in his late fifties that he wanted to learn how to paint. He is conducting his own independent study of  paintingWorks of art made with paint on a surface. Often the surface, also called a support, is either a tightly stretched piece of canvas or a panel. How the ground (on which paint is applied) is prepared on the support depends greatly on the type of paint to be used. Paintings are usually intended to be placed in frames, and exhibited on walls, but there have been plenty of exceptions. Also, the act of painting, which may involve a wide range of techniques and materials, along with the artist's other concerns which effect the content of a work. (  styles and techniques in his studio at Flatlands Artist Studios in Regina, Saskatchewan.

Interest in Photography
Naming His Works
Type of Photography
Untitled 1976
Working Around Others
Canadian Heritage University of Regina Mackenzie Art Gallery Mendel Art Gallery Sask Learning