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Eye on Art spotlight: Patrick Duran

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Patrick Duran, a lifelong artist who has the natural ability to express his thoughts through his artwork, has been spotlighted by the city of Brighton’s Eye for Art program in the “Moments to Remember” art exhibit.

Duran is able to capture a moment in time of the people, animals and landscapes he features in his sculpture, paintings and pen and ink drawings.

 

Duran learned to love art at the age of 2 after being diagnosed with polio. His mother introduced him to pen and ink — and lots of paper — to help pass the time in the hospital, where he spent months at a time being treated for the effects of the disease. 

While in school, he started to sketch and paint his classmates and teachers and he later broadened his artistry to include landscapes and native Colorado wildlife. When Duran began studying the lost wax technique for creating molds and bronze statues, he was able to feature western themes, animals and fantasy characters.

Duran suffers from health problems resulting from polio, and after several years of good health, a new medical condition — post-polio syndrome — has surfaced. Post-polio has attacked his nervous system, affecting his muscular control. The fine lines of his drawings and paintings were laid aside in favor of sculpting and, despite his disability, he still has the ability to draw and sculpt beautiful and inspiring works of art. 

Over the years, Duran’s art has been featured in a number of art shows in Colorado and a sampling of his work, such as his pen and ink “The Lynx” and bronze sculpture “Pioneer Family” are currently being featured in the “Moments to Remember” art exhibit in Brighton. His art is a testimony to his devotion to the creative expression of beauty in its many forms and his dedication to overcoming adversity. He hopes to inspire others to persevere and find joy in creativity.

The “Moments to Remember” art exhibit runs through Feb. 7 at Brighton City Hall, 500 S. Fourth Ave.

The city of Brighton proudly supports and promotes art and culture within the city. Artwork currently on display is available for purchase. Special tours are also available to groups. To learn more about the Eye for Art program or to take part in future displays, call Laurie Lozano-Maier, program coordinator, at 303-655-2034. Artwork may include, but is not limited to, paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture and mixed media.