Over the last 20 years, my art practice has been at the intersection of cognition and internal contemplative practice.
I currently focus on nature as a gateway to the internal mind, and am interested in ideas concerning beauty as a deeper aesthetic, contemplative pedagogy, heart learning and cognitive diversity. My influences are many but include Francisco Varela, Elliot Eisner, John Dewey, Marion Milner, Paul Klee, Kathleen Raine and Isa Gucciardi.
Sharing the thinking behind my art is an important part of my creative process. Through self-contextualisation and self-curation, I am able to make my thinking process visible, and this is often part of my artwork. My style of working has chronologically developed through projects that have encompassed artworks relating to residencies, conferences and writings, including
• Coming to awareness through drawing practice - PhD and my book Drawing
• How communities construct themselves/curating as a critical spatial practice - Drawing (on) Riverside Exhibition at Kelvingrove Art Galleries Glasgow: Built exhibition and symposium, Mall Galleries, London: winner of both the Aspect and Threadneedle Prizes
• The movement inward during the making of representational and abstract artwork - Seeing Beyond the Immediate Touring Exhibition and symposium for Scottish public galleries, originated in the RSA Barns-Graham Residency
• Comparisons in the practices of Law and Art - Imagination and the Law Conference, Oxford University, invited speaker
• Making Neurodiversity Visible - Body of Knowledge 2nd International Conference on Art and Cognition, Melbourne: Millefolia Film (funded by Creative Scotland), UK Interdisciplinary Autism Festival 2021

I show artworks and present papers nationally and internationally.
I am represented by Singulart (worldwide), Broth Art (England), Kilmorack Gallery (Scotland)

Patricia Paolozzi Cain (b. 1963, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England)





2004-2008 PhD Glasgow School of Art

2000-2004 BA (Hons) Fine Art, Central St Martins and University of Cumbria





Seeing Beyond the Immediate, Lillie Gallery, Glasgow



Seeing Beyond the Immediate, Gracefield Art Centre Dumfries, and the Scott Gallery, Hawick



Inte/Exte, A-side B-side Gallery, London



Drawing (on) Riverside, 11 Spitalfields Gallery, London



Drawing (on) Riverside, Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Glasgow



Tri Juncta in Uno, The Meffan Gallery, Forfar



Recent Work from Florence and Glasgow, House for an Art Lover, Glasgow



Drawing Construction, Lillie Gallery, Glasgow



Surfaces Geologia, Glasgow School of Art






Derwent Art Prize Touring Exhibition

166 Annual Open Show, Royal West of England Academy



Millefolia, Rebecca Hossock Gallery

Kilmorack Gallery



Sward, John Green Fine Art

Colour, Royal Society of Watercolour Artists



Faces and Places, Lime Tree Gallery, Bristol

Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize, Mall Galleries London



Affordable Art Fair London, Broth Art

RSW Contemporary Watercolour Society Competition, Bankside Gallery

Thompsons, Aldeburgh




7th International Arte Laguna Prize, Arsenale Venice

Drawology – Drawing is Phenomenology Bonnington Gallery

Derwent Art Prize

New English Art Club Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries

Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize




Threadneedle Prize

Built, Mall Galleries (Curator and exhibitor)




The Discerning Eye, London

The Force and Form of Memory, Compass Gallery

Contemporary Perspectives on Watercolour, The Mall Galleries



The Threadneedle Prize, The Mall Galleries

The Aspect Prize, The Wyfold-Flemming Collection

14 RSA Residency Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy Edinburgh

Hospitalfield Alumni, Compass Gallery

Hospitalfield Residents 2002-09, Scottish Art Club



BBC Scotland Collection, Glasgow Museum of Modern Art

Glasgow Art Club Fellowship, Glasgow Art Club

Scottish Show, Thompsons Gallery



McLean Museum and Art Gallery

Paisley Art Institute Annual Exhibition



International Drawing Research Institute Exhibition, Glasgow School of Art

New Contemporaries, Royal Scottish Academy of Art, Edinburgh

Drawing as Reflective Analysis Touring Show, London, Lincoln, Glasgow, Sydney Australia



Vision 05, The Left Wing Gallery

Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts Annual Exhibition





2018 Finalist Derwent Art Prize

2017 VACMA Award

2015 Oppenheim John-Downes Award

2014 Conte à Paris Award, Pastel Society UK

2013 Finalist Arte Laguna Prize, Venice

2013 RSA Residency Award – Barns-Graham Trust

2012 PSUK Award

2010 Winner Threadneedle Prize

2009 Winner Aspect Prize

2009 RSA Residency Award, Arts Trust of Scotland Award

2009 RSW Visual Arts Residency Hospitalfield

2008 Glasgow Art Club Fellowship

2007 RSA John Kinross Scholarship

2006 Oppenheim-Downes Memorial Trust Award

2006 New Contemporaries shortlist: Rootsein Hopkins shortlist

2005 Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Prize, RGI

2004-07 Horace W Goldsmith Scholarship for Drawing, Glasgow School of Art





The Fleming-Wyfold Collection

Royal Scottish Academy

Glasgow Museums

Glasgow Royal Physicians and Surgeons

Lillie Art Gallery

Hospitalfield House

BBC Scotland

Aberdeen Asset Management





'Drawing (on) Riverside', Catalogue of the Exhibition 2011 ISBN 0956843409

'Drawing: The Enactive Evolution of the Practitioner', Intellect Books 2010 ISBN 9781841503257

‘Drawing as coming to know: how do I know I make sense of what I do?', PhD Thesis, Glasgow School of Art/ University of Glasgow