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Monthly Talk – Sacred Places in the World – an Artist in Paradise

Tue 19 Mar @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Bhutan North Africa, Indian, and the monasteries of Mount Athos, by Doug Patterson

A fascinating account of the little known journeys of three great 18th and 19th-century artist travellers:

  • Vasileio Gregorovic Barsky was a Russian Monk and artist who, in 1745, visited Mount Athos and recorded the life, landscape and architecture of the Holy Mountain.
  • Samuel Davis (1760–1819) was an artist, astronomer and a director of the East India Co.  In 1783 he visited and recorded the then unknown land of Bhutan – the land of the Thunder Dragon.
  • Hercules Brabazon Brabazon (1820-1904) was one of the finest watercolourists since Turner.  He made numerous journeys recording the architecture of the Muslim and Christian World.

In the course of many years spent following in the steps of these three adventurous artist travellers, artist and architect Doug Patterson created a new body of paintings and drawings which record three of the world’s great faiths.

From the architecture and landscapes of the Christian Orthodox monasteries of Mount Athos and Meteora in Greece to the Buddhist Dzongs of Bhutan, and the Islamic mosques of North Africa and northern India.  In this richly illustrated talk we will see how much and how little has changed since the original intrepid 18th and 19th century journeys.


Biography of Doug Patterson

Doug Patterson originally studied at Hornsey College of Art, and the Royal College of Art, where he was awarded his Master of Arts Degree. He then studied Architecture at the Architectural Association, graduating in 1974, with a Diploma in Architecture. The same year he formed his own design practice. He spent the next 25 years designing a wide variety of projects, ranging from film sets, to designing a private estate inspired by the Mogul architecture of India , this included the total landscape of a 35 acre garden on a private  island in the West Indies which involved the research design logistics and construction .

Subsequently he worked on marine design as a creative director ,and built two private Motor Yachts of 126 meters and 60 meters, respectively. In tandem he also carried out numerous architectural and artwork commissions in the USA, Tajikistan, Saudi Arabia, Greece, Russia, Cuba, India and England.

In  2015 he retraced  the journeys of three 18th and 19th century travelling artists, Vasili Gregorovic Barsky (1701-1747), Samuel Davis (1760 – 1819) and Hercules Brabazon Brabazon (1820 – 1904), who, during their travels, recorded the three great world faiths: Orthodox Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism. This project involved traveling to numerous locations and preparing sketches, watercolours, and oil paintings illustrating the Christian orthodox Monasteries of Mount Athos,  Meteora, Greece, St. Catherine’s Monastery  in the  Sinai dessert ,  various Islamic mosques and monuments in north Africa, India,   and the 20 Buddhist Dzongs (monasteries) in Bhutan. Which he exhibited at the Royal National Theatre London .

In 2015 Doug was commissioned for phase two of a project he completed in 2000 to design and build a 75 metre high marble water cascade on an island in the west indies,  this  was the culmination a fifteen year project designed and built for two different clients in two phases  . The marble for the complete project was mined in Makrana  (northern India) and all the components prefabricated , then transported to Udiaphur and Agra ,where they were inlaid in pietra durra , and finally shipped in containers from Mumbia to  the island site in the west indies

During the past 25 years Doug’s  works have been featured in numerous solo and collective exhibitions, while his paintings are prized in various private collections, galleries and museums worldwide. Including selectively the following:

Artwork and Commissions

  • Platform artworks for two London Underground Railway Stations. Bank and Whitechapel  Stations . as permanent installations ,commission by London Underground
  • “The Dubai Portfolio” commissioned by the Lotus Computers Company
  • “The Palaces of Rajasthan”. Sponsored by the Indian Cultural Heritage Corporation
  • “12 lithographs of the monastery of Saint Catherine at Sinai”, Egypt.  Commissioned by St. Catherine’s Foundation
  • “The Assam Bengal portfolios” illustrations of three boat journeys, one on the mighty Brahmaputra river from Guwahati to Sibsagar, the Hooghly river from Calcutta to Frakka Lock, and new Farakka Lock to Patna on the Ganges. commissioned  by the Assam  Bengal Navigation Company.
  • The Bhutan Portfolio illustrating the 20 Buddist Dzongs (monasteries) of the kingdom of Bhutan. Commissioned by the Tarrayana Foundation of Bhutan.
  • Artist in residence the Culham Centre for Nuclear Fusion Oxford .
  • Doug is currently working on a series of 20 journeys to 20 sacred locations world wide  which he hope to exhibit in 2024


Tue 19 Mar
10:30 am - 11:30 am
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