The subject matter of Patricia Cain’s work is the weave of a hedge, or the complex architecture of a dockyard, or an abstracted landscape distilling a place into colour and form. Beneath Cain’s images there is always the pure energy of drawing. Cain explores how our minds construct meaning from what at first appear to be abstract marks.

Often on a large scale, Cain’s innovative work in mixed media and pastel takes us to “a place where observation turns inwards,” and where “This exchange of process and energy leads to continual transformation.”


Patricia Cain completed a PHD in Drawing Practice at Glasgow School of Art. She is the recipient of many awards including a Royal Watercolour Society Award (2014), Arte Laguna Prize 2013, Venice and RSA Residency Award 2013- Barnes-Graham Trust.  Her much acclaimed solo exhibition Drawing (on) Riverside at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum (2011) cemented her reputation as one of the most exciting artists of her generation.