Patrick Macaulay, British Artist: typography, Americana, urban art Specialising in typography, using paint and reclaimed timber to create iconic images of Americana and urban art. Patrick is a typographic artist strongly influenced by his early career as a compositor arranging type for print. He uses hand-crafted wooden letters often arranged in letter-press style in a printers chase to create individual art pieces or uses wooden letters as stencils to create typographic images. While his work is predominantly related to letter forms it is also heavily influenced by street art, faded lettering on old buildings and worn or damaged signage and street advertising. He uses reclaimed timber as a canvas adding rusted metal and using enamel paint to create urban art that lends itself to be viewed either indoors or outdoors. His work includes various iconic forms on recycled timber, for example, Che Guevara, London Underground, Post no bills and the STOP sign. Many of Patrick’s pieces can be classed as Americana and relate to USA events and traditions, he has travelled extensively within the USA and has a love American roots/Hillbilly music and sounds from the depression years. Americana is portrayed through paintings and assemblages such as $ signs, Confederate flags and many variations of the American flag. Americana pieces are typically painted on recycled timber and overlaid with typography containing subtle commentary on the US economy and its changing place in the world. Patrick was born in 1944 in Burnley, Lancashire, served an apprenticeship as a compositor, composing metal type of individual letters into words and lines of text tightly bound together to make up a page image for mounting on a Letterpress machine. His job gradually became obsolete with the introduction of the computer and digital typesetting and Patrick decided to pursue his career elsewhere. Since taking early retirement in 2008 he has re-established his love of typography. He lives in the Castlefield area of Manchester and has a workshop in a disused mill closeby.
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