From Brooklyn to the Beach: Artist Wayne Pate’s work featured at Hidden Lantern

Wayne Pate

Brooklyn-based artist Wayne Pate started his illustrating career working in an ad agency. Today, he creates prints inspired by objects and influenced by artists such as Matisse and Picasso.

Special to The Sun
Published: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 05:54 PM.

Without an art degree — or even a high school degree — Brooklyn-based artist Wayne Pate has come a long way since he first moved to New York at the age of 22.

Inspired by the bold graphics of New York City artists Keith Haring, Andy Warhol and Jean Basquiat, Pate had always gravitated to art as his trade. When he moved to the city a friend got him a job at an ad agency, which led to a successful career as a freelance graphic designer working with well-known clothing companies such as GAP, J. Crew and Nautica.

"Art was really all I knew," Pate said. "It's what I've always relied on."

In 2006, Pate made a slight change in his career.

"It got to the point where my work had no value, it was so disposable," he said. "I wanted to produce meaningful work."

Veering away from commercial design work, Pate took to creating illustrations straight from his sketchbook. He started a website, offering silkscreen prints of his work. Since his venture, Pate was featured in a few group exhibitions and even had some of his work hanging in a shop in London. Recently, Pate is featured at The Hidden Lantern Gallery.

 Acting Gallery Director, Jennifer Carvalho-Bindi, who lives in Brooklyn, kept coming across Pate's work while reading design blogs.

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