For the past few years, it feels like the painting of Pat Perry were a secret treasure chest waiting to be discovered. We have featured Pat before in the print edition for his detailed sketchbook works and train-hopping photography, but these new paintings showcase a new direction for the artist. Titled National Lilypond Songs, and now on view at the UICA Grand Rapids in Michigan (alongside Perry’s photos and sketches), these new paintings show a calm, realist and regionalist version of rural Michigan, quiet depictions of the American landscape in the vein of classic painters Andrew Wyeth and Grant Wood, or even the photo documentation works of Depression era America.

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