Ambrose McCarthy Patterson Biography

Ambrose McCarthy Patterson




Ambrose McCarthy Patterson was born June 29, 1877 in Daylesford, Australia. He studied art at the National Gallery Art School in Melbourne. He later continued his art studies in Paris at the Academies Colarossi and Julian. He also met fellow Australian, soprano Nellie Melba (1861 – 1931) and, through her friendship, was able to study with John Singer Sargent.
He returned to Australia in 1909 moved to Hawaii in 1916 while on his way to New York. In 1917, visited the Monterey Peninsula in California, where he remained for a month. He then settled in Seattle, WA, where he taught painting at the University of Washington until 1947. He married painter and former student Viola Hansen in 1922.
During his career, Patterson's work was shown at galleries and museums around the country, including the Chicago Institute, the San Francisco Arts Association, the Guggenheim, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The Seattle Fine Arts Society (predecessor to the Seattle Art Museum) held a solo exhibition of his work in 1921, and the Seattle Art Museum held solo shows in 1934, 1947, and 1956, as well as a retrospective in 1961.
He died in Seattle in December of 1966.