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Patrick Altes is an artist of French/Spanish origins, whose work has been deeply informed by his own personal history. Born in Algeria, he has made a distinctive contribution to the postcolonial discourse and the emerging Franco-Algerian art movement. As a young adult, he lived in South Africa for two years under the apartheid.  He was working at the University of Fort Hare, a key institution in higher education for black Africans, which counted among its former students a number of prominent leading opponents of the apartheid. This was his first-hand experience of a society based on discrimination, repression and deprivation of civil and political rights for a large part of the population.  It deeply marked him and fuelled in him a sense for the politically, socially and humanly acceptable. “Tolerance”, his latest major exhibition at Gerald Moore Gallery, addresses the political and cultural changes that are unfolding across the UK and the world today.  It confronts negative cultural stereotypes and advocates for tolerance and respect in times of angst, division and separatism.  With perilous journeys depositing migrants on European – and now, British - shores, Altes turns his attention to the harrowing circumstances that increasingly accompany migration and resettlement. 

He is interested in the evolving relationship between the contemporary world and our deeper humanity.

Works represented by
Janet Rady Fine Art:


Selected exhibitions
2021 A Walk on the Bridge, Hay Hill Gallery, London
2020 IdEntiTy, group show curated by ArtBridge and Art MooreHouse, Moore House, London
2020 “Legacy”, 3D virtual exhibition with Janet Rady
2020 London Art Fair, Islington. With Janet Rady Fine Art.
2019 “Tolerance”, solo show curated by Janet Rady, with the support of the Arts Council England, Gerald Moore Gallery, Mottingham, London
2019 Drawing Life, group show, Lewes Depot, Lewes
2019 “Migration”, solo show, A Wave of Dreams Arts Lab, St Leonards-on-Sea
2019 “A Wave of Dreams”, group show A Wave of Dreams Arts Lab, St Leonards-on-Sea
2018 The Singularity of Peace, The Forgotten Heroes 1419. Manbré Warf. Hammersmith, London
2018 Summer Show, Gallery of African Art (GAFRA), Mayfair, London
2018 Migration, Two-artist show with Ronald Muchatuta, Gallery of African Art (GAFRA), Mayfair, London
2018 Beyond Bridges, Group Show, Caravan peace-building exhibition, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
2018 Group show, Janet Rady curating for Wet Paint Gallery, London
2017 Oran 4th Biennale of Contemporary Art, Museum of Modern Arts of Oran (MAMO), Algeria.
2016 Africa, my Africa, Exhibition with Lahd Gallery at GAFRA (Gallery of African Art), London
2016 Art16, London Global Art Fair, with Lahd Gallery, London
2016 The Bridge, Group Show, Caravan peace-building exhibition, Chicago
2015 7th International Festival of Contemporary Arts (FIAC), Museum of Modern and Contemporary Arts of Algiers (MAMA), Algeria
2015 The Bridge, Group Show, Caravan peace-building exhibition, New York
2015 Art Bahrain Art Fair, with Janet Rady Gallery, Bahrain.
2015 Algerianism 1, Nour Festival, co-curator and exhibited artist, London.
2015 The Bridge, Group Show, Caravan peace-building exhibition, Metz, France
2015 Frayed Ideologies, Hay Hill Gallery, London
2015 The Bridge, Group Show, Caravan peace-building exhibition, St-Martin-in-the-Fields, London
2015 Summer show, Uusitalo Gallery, Inkoo, Finland
2015 The Bridge, Group Show, Caravan peace-building exhibition, Westown Hub’s gallery, Cairo, Egypt
2015 The Bridge, Group show, Caravan peace-building exhibition, St  Germain-des-Prés, Paris.
2015 Group show, Hay Hill Gallery, London.
2014 A Story of Revolutions, solo show, Eldon Gallery, Portsmouth, as part of Being Human, the first UK festival of the Humanities.
2014 3rd Mediterranean Contemporary Art Biennale, Oran, Algeria.
2014 A Story of Revolutions, solo show, Contemporary Art Space, Chester.
2014 A story of revolutions, solo show of digital works and paintings, Triskel Art Center, Cork, with the support of the Anna Lindh Foundation, Cork University College, The University of Portsmouth, the French Embassy in Ireland, The Leverhulme Trust and the participation of the
Cité Nationale de l‘Histoire de l’Immigration.
2013 Sanctuary: Home, Away, Common Ground, collaborative exhibition of 5 African and 5 European artists, Brunei Gallery, SOAS University, London.
2012 Algerian Cultural Festival, Rich Mix, London;
London’s Burning, group show curated by Ben Kidger, Landmark Gallery, Teddington; Group show, Konstoform Art Gallery, Helsinki, Finland; Group show, SEGRO project, Royal Society of Arts, London.
2011 Helsinki International Art Fair, Uusitalo Gallery, Helsinki, Finland; Summer Show, Uusitalo Gallery, Helsinki, Finland; I Must Not Break The Law, Creative Junction and YOT, Slough.
2010 San Diego Art Fair, Garboushian Gallery, San Diego; Art and Science, Ropetackle Art Centre, Brighton;
Paint, Beldam Gallery, group show curated by George Mogg, Brunel University London.
2009 Art and Medicine, group show, British Institute of Radiology, London;
Art and Medicine, group show, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Brighton.
2008 Hidden Beasts, solo show, Artist Residence Gallery, Brighton; Location, group exhibition, Quay Arts Gallery, Isle of Wight; Wounded Healers, solo show, Menier Chocolate Factory, London;
Wounder Healers, solo show, Lighthouse, Brighton.
2007 Where to Draw The Line, solo show as part of Visions of our Future, University of Sussex, Brighton.
2006 Creatures of Gaia, solo show, Neutral Space Gallery, Brighton;
Recent Work, Solo exhibition, Galerie Le Pont des Arts, Narbonne, France.
2005 Creatures of Gaia, Galerie L’Acadie, Cajarc;
Recent Works, Solo show, Château des Pignes, Albefeuille Lagarde, France; Centre Culturel des Minimes, Toulouse, France; Centre Culturel, Les Amidonniers, Toulouse, France.
2002 Galerie Carla Bayle, solo show, France.

2012-2013 The Leverhulme Trust Fellowship.  Collaborative project with the University of Portsmouth, School of Language and Area Sudies. French settlers diaspora and Franco-Algerian relationship.
2011 Working Across Borders. Networking scheme between East Sussex, Northern France and Belgium.
2007-2008 The Leverhulme Trust Fellowship. One-year collaborative project with the Oncology team of the Royal Sussex Hospital, Brighton and the University of Sussex Medical school. This residency led to a series of exhibitions in Brighton and London as well as a publication in the Lancet Oncology.
2008 Portland Residency, Portland Quarry Land Art.

Artist's Statement
This year has shown us a real need for truth, in terms of the news obviously, but also and more emphatically within ourselves.
This exhibition gives me the opportunity to weave a pattern of meanings, intentions, leads and paths through the unusual curation of works all connected to each other but also very different.
The end result is a colourful tapestry with vividly contrasted threads that ultimately work together towards the creation of meaning.
Art uses a different language than that of the words and has different powers, which, as a result, allows for a different type of emotional response.
Through this exhibition, I want to bring together my “thoughts” about the world we live in and project forward a sense of excitement for the new year.
May 2021 be a fabulous year for us all.

Patrick Altes

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