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.

Photo of Patty Neal

Small Cityscapes

Medium to Large Cityscapes



Install Views


Solo Exhibition
2014--"Water, Sky and in Between", Phoenix Gallery, Chelsea, NY
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

2019--"Small Works Show",440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Juror: John Gagne
2019--"Painted Cities", Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, New York
2019--"Light", 440 gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Jurors: Lauren Hirshfield and Kat Ryals
2018--The Other Art Fair, presented by Saatchi Art, Brooklyn Expo Center, Brooklyn
2017--Water and Sky 2017, bG Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2016--12th Annual Small Works Show, 440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2016--"Inside Outside", Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, New York
2015--"11th Annual Small Works Show", 440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Juror: Amy Williams
2015--Gowanus Open Studios, Brooklyn, NY
2015--"Wide Open 6", BWAC, Red Hook, Brooklyn. Juror: Rujeko Hockley, Asst. Curator of Contemporary Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art
2015--"Cityscapes", Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, New York
2014--"Color", BWAC, Red Hook, Brooklyn. Juror: Lauren Hinkson, Asst. Curator, Solomon Guggenheim Museum
2014--"Modern Artists", Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, New York
2013--"The Six", Phoenix Gallery Group Show
2013--"Wide Open", BWAC, Red Hook, Brooklyn. Juror: Marshall Price, curator of modern and comtemporary 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", BWAC, Red Hook, Brooklyn. Juror: Charlotta Kotik, curator of Contmporary Art at the Brooklyn Museum of Art.
2010-- Affordable Art Fair, NYC with Stephanie Breitbard Fine Arts
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, 2007-2010 -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.