Patty Neal

A life is an accumulation of experiences: visual, emotional and mental. By compartmentalizing these snippets of life we create boundaries. The focus of my work for many years has been the exploration of these various life aspects and how they are bound together or bound from each other. My process is often literally composed of boundaries. I make a painting by putting together multiple panels, or I segment a single panel into separate visual spaces. The works are made up of pieces or elements of city and landscape. While exploring the concepts of boundaries I play with visual “reality.” Sometimes I combine images that are upside down with those that are not and juxtapose images from different contexts. Literal boundaries, such as walls fences, expanses of water and highway median strips are also used. My intent is to invite viewers to look beyond these boundaries to see the possibilities of a connected whole.

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small paintings

larger paintings

2 Elements


Other Works


Solo Exhibitions

2011 "Interior/Exterior", Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, New York

2008 ”Landscape Revisited”, 1870 Gallery, Belmont

2005 Nomad Rug Gallery, San Francisco

2004 "Landscapes"@Klein's, San Francisco

2004 "Landscape Renewed," Space 743, San Francisco

2003 Exploding Head Gallery, Sacramento

2002 Stanford Faculty Club, Palo Alto

2001 Exploding Head Gallery, Sacramento

1989 Braunstein/Quay Gallery, Access Program, San Francisco

Group Exhibitions and Awards

2013 “The Six”, Phoenix Gallery, Chelsea, NYC

2013 “Wide Open”, BWAC, Red Hook, Brooklyn. Juror: Marshall Price, curator of modern and contemporary art at the National Academy Museum, NYC

2013 "Soft Focus", Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY

2013 "Bound" Women's Caucus for Art Juried Exhibition at the Phoenix Gallery, Chelsea, NY. Juried by Cora Rosevear, Associate Curator of Painting and Sculpture at MoMA, NYC.

2012 "Contemporary Painters(Who Just Happen to be Women)", Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, New York

2012 "Petroleum Paradox" Juried show. Eleanor Heartney, Juror. Denise Bibro Fine Art. Chelsea, NYC.

2012 "Wide Open 3 Art Show, BWAC, Red Hook, Brooklyn. Juror: Charlotta Kotik, curator of Contemporary Art at the Brooklyn Museum of Art.

2010 ”Wide Open”, BWAC, Red Hook, Brooklyn. Jurors: Anne Strauss, Assoc. curator of 19th Century, Modern and Contemporary art at The Metropolitan Museum; Mark Hughes, Director of Galerie LeLong; Bill Murphy, Professor of art at Wagner College.

2009 ”Paint” Climate Gallery, Long Island City, NY

2009 ”New World Order: Habitats”, SFMOMA Artists Gallery, San Francisco

2008 Nest Gallery, Oakland

2007 MobiTV, Emeryville

2006 "Fifth Anniversary Invitational Exhibit," Exploding Head Gallery, Sacramento

2006 "Urban Landscapes," Exploding Head Gallery, Sacramento

2006 "Landscapes: A Modern Interpretation," California Modern Gallery, San Francisco

2005 Christopher Hill Gallery, St. Helena

2005 Arts Expo Gala, ArtsFest, San Francisco

2005 "Artists Celebrate Trees," Arcadia 2005, San Francisco

2004 Artwalk, San Francisco

2004 "Landscape," Exploding Head Gallery, Sacramento

2003 “The Visible World,” California State University Chico, with Toru Sugita

2002 “At the Heart of Red,” Exploding Head Gallery, Sacramento

1999 Artspan Selections, juried show, San Francisco

1999 Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA, Juror Marian Parmenter, Dir. of MOMA Rental Gallery, Second Prize award

1998 “Landscape,” Mulligan-Shanoski Gallery, San Francisco

1998-2002 and 2007 to 2009, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art: Artists Gallery

1998 Benefit Exhibition, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

1993 Bay Arts Gallery, San Francisco

1992 Olga Dollar Gallery, San Francisco

1991 Santa Cruz Art League, juried show, Santa Cruz

1989 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Rental Gallery

1988 Second Annual International Art Competition, Michael Ingbar Gallery, New York

1988 Bay Arts , Belmont CA, Juror Anne MacDonald, First Prize award

1988 Viridian Gallery Competition, New York

1988-2008 Fall Open Studios, The Point, San Francisco

1997-2009 Spring Open Studio, The Point, San Francisco


Parsons School of Design, New York

Art Academy College, San Francisco

San Francisco State University


Numerous private and corporate collections in the U.S. and Europe.