Dane Patterson received an MFA from School of Visual Arts in 2005. Prior to that he studied at Herron School of Art in Indianapolis. His inspiration comes from objects, such as old family photos and record sleeves. He photographs the model covered in these objects for use as detailed reference. The time it takes to achieve photo realism heightens Patterson’s sense of intimacy with each object, and adds an aspect of severity to otherwise playful compositions.

In his most recent work, objects such as money and photographs have been magnified through their imposition on the figure. ‘I like to think of these images of portraits with interferences in which the figure and the objects engage in an interdependent dialogue,’ he says. His work has been exhibited extensively in New York.