Patrick Ascione (pronounced A-C-ON, as in, “air conditioning on”; it’s an old Italian name that means “Great Axe”) was born in Marseille, France in 1965. He lived in the South Pacific and in Canada for a number of years before coming to study in the United States. He obtained his B.A. with an emphasis in finance from Brigham Young University and went on to receive his Juris Doctor from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU.
Patrick and his lovely wife of 22 years, Barbara, have five children. Patrick practiced martial arts for about 10 years (when his body finally gave up). He now enjoys photography, monochromatic hyper-realistic visual art, cooking, watching his children’s involvement in the performing arts, and yoga.
Patrick's approach to art seeks to bring to light the relationship between subject, artist and viewer (the participants) on an intimate level. The importance of craftsmanship, the identification of commonalities between the participants, the respect implied for each participant in the work of art, are the themes that Patrick tries to bring out in his work. In Patrick’s mind, esthetics are also an extension of this relationship between the subject, the artist and the viewer. Light, as the connection between the participants, becomes an esthetic tool and also an object of appreciation in its own right.