Santa Fe

Patrick McFarlin

Pat's Downtown Club, Site Santa Fe Warehouse, Linda Durham Gallery

In December 1996, the work of Santa Fe resident Patrick McFarlin was on view at three venues in his adopted hometown. This versatile transplant from Arkansas who first exhibited his funky cartoon-style paintings in San Francisco during the late ’60s was showing the full smorgasbord of his expressive talents. The big enchilada that inspired the smaller side shows was titled “Portraits from Pat’s Downtown Club,” the name of a congregation of motley portraits installed at SITE Santa Fe’s warehouse, the city’s international Kunsthalle in the rail yard district. In 1993, Patrick McFarlin began inviting friends to his studio to sit for quick oil portraits and a chat. The impetus for this open-studio salon was to break through the pall that had settled over midcareer artists following the art-market bust. The get-togethers took on a life of their own, and by 1995 the gatherings not only acquired

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