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Patrick Durka

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Patrick Durka is an artist whose work delves into the fascinating intersection of deep time and human history. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Art Education from Cleveland State University and further honed his craft by obtaining a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Studies from Pacific College of Art. Currently residing in Salt Lake City, Utah, Patrick enriches the artistic landscape of the region while sharing his passion for art education in the Tooele Valley. His artistic endeavors explore themes that traverse the vast temporal expanse, seamlessly weaving together the threads of history and geology. With a foundation in both education and visual arts, Patrick Durka continues to contribute to the cultural and educational spheres, leaving an indelible mark on the artistic community in the intermountain West.

“The landscape pushes a sort of romance. Either in a Robinson Crusoe manner or as the picture tells us – the feel of a box. Perception of this is like ice skating on a frozen mirage lake.” My creative practice involves sourcing different types of historical material. Material being that of archives and the earth itself. The methods of creative exploration vary from composed sounds intertwined with moving image to the sourcing of local earthen materials. I’m interested in how time manifests itself through external objects and the pure subject.



Patrick Durka, “projections of coping: 40.8383° N, 112.5030,” 2020, archival pigment print, oolitic sand, corn syrup, sugar, 12 x 9 in.


Patrick Durka, “projections of coping: 37.1768° N, 116.0464,” 2020, archival pigment print, wheat, corn syrup, sugar, 12 x 9 in.


Patrick Durka, “Dawn,” 2022, oil and sediment on board, 24 x 18 in.


Patrick Durka, “Timeless Earth,” 2022. oil and sediment on board, 24 x 18 in.


Patrick Durka, “Big rock candy, Hypsithermal,” 2022. oil and sediment on board, 36 x 36 in.


Patrick Durka, “Dugway stories,” 2022, oil and clay on board, 24 x 24 in.


Patrick Durka, “A walk to remember,” 2022, oil and sediment on board, 18 x 14 in.


Patrick Durka, “Abotic oil,” 2022, oil and sediment on canvas, 32 x 32 in.

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