Rudi Patterson’s paintings often depict the tropical plants and landscapes of his formative years in Jamaica before he moved to the UK in the 1950s. Here he paints a Calabash Tree, commonly found across Jamaica and the West Indies. The tree produces large spherical fruits with a thin, firm shell.
A successful model and actor, Patterson developed his bold style of painting while recovering from a water-skiing accident and his work often engaged with the themes of landscape, nature and memory.
Gouache on paper