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To Eddy and family,
You are in my prayers and I think of you and Bobby daily. I was so sorry to hear about Bobby and am still having a hard time believing it is true. Bobby was always so nice to everyone. If you were ever feeling down, all you would have to do was run into Bobby and the next thing you know... your laughing and smiling. I will miss him forever.
Dear Eddy ,
Always holding you and your family in the highest regard, I pray daily for you and yours. Bobby had this outstanding aura and smile that let dreamers dream and screamers scream. His genius is more than art but love and friendship that endured though years. Gifts survive as you carry his spirit.
Lucky you! To be his brother . Lucky him! For being yours.
At age five my daughter met Bobby. He took the time to share his art and dog . She called him the "Mad artist" and came home to copy his work. Awesome. He lives!
We love you,
Carmen, Nicholas and Gracie
Bobby always saw the best in people and would always supply us with a hug and a smile. The moments we shared with such a fine gentlemen will never be forgotten, but will always be missed. Bobby always held a special place in the hearts of myself and my family. Anyone who ever met Bobby knows exactly what I mean when I say, "We Were Lucky"! I look forward to seeing you again, my friend! Gabor
Bobby opened Austin Modern next door to my gallery, he immediately wanted to coordinate our evening events. He was so friendly and supportive.
He had the idea to have a block party and he made it happen. Thanks to his efforts a dozen or so buisness owners who had never met, all opened their doors for the very successfull event "Electric Avenue". He brought everyone together and he created a really friendly neighborhood.
I first met bobby at his down town location and had many a good time enjoying his vision for the arts and meeting new and exciting people. I attended his last showing off of south lamar and feel blessed to have been there and to have enjoyed one last showing with him and all his friends he will be missed.
Having watched Bobby and Eddie grow up in Lubbock while I was in college was to see such fire and energy. After those years, Bobby took up his art space in my neighborhood in Soho. From his band days with the Rude Boys to his days in NYC to the last time I saw hin in Austin our paths seem to cross alot. Those snapshots were perfect, just perfect for watching that fire burn bright with love, kindness, talent and a childlike wonder at the world. When I heard the news, early in the morning from a mutal friend calling from the West coast, about Bobby's passing I sat and cried. He was wonderful and I will miss not crossing his path here in this world.
Bobby will be remembered always in my house as a gracious soul and an endearing enigma.
Tommy, it was great having lunch with you today and catching up. I have been on this website for 30 minutes with my heart in my throat. I am so sorry that I never had the privilege of knowing your son. What a great testament he obviously was and will remain to you and Jeannie. God bless you all.
The Patterson's are my friends. I am sorry to say that I haven't seen the "boys" since they were in high school. However, they were both wonderful boys. To say that I knew the extent of Bobby's talents would be a lie. Now that I read about his being, his art and love for humanity, I know that I missed a lot. I pray that HIS family and HIS friends don't let the sorrow of losing him overcome the joy that he gave them.
With love, JB
Thank you for sharing Bobby with me through this beautiful website. I wish I had known him. It is truly amazing to understand the impact he has had on people's lives. Experiencing Bobby has given me such hope and peace for what God has in store for my family. Thank you, dear friend.
What a privilage to have known Bobby.He was truly one of a kind!!His short life touched so many--I shall always remember his precious smile. Heaven's gain is our loss.
I only really knew Bobby as a little tike, but even then his love of the eccentric was present,his talent enormous and his love of family has always been evident. His brother Eddy was his stability. His Mom and Dad his rock. We have all gained by his presence and his love of and his contribution to the arts.
I lament my missed opportunity to get in the groove with Bobby while he was in Austin, but I am assuaged we are connected. Maybe time can weave sideways with invisible thread. Bobby took full advantage of his earth time to bridge a synapse of expression. Let's do the same, in whatever medium, to honor him.
This website is Epic. Big God Hugs to Aunt Jeannie, Uncle Tommy, sweet Cousin Eddy, and all the darling Bro Bro's.
Although I only got to be with you on two occassions, you certainly made my visits to Austin more enjoyable. I liked you the minute your mom introduced us and knew that you were my kind of person. You and your brother were so hospitable to me and I will always be grateful for having known such a loving, giving man.
Our thoughts and best wishes are for the Pattersons in this most difficult time. Forge on guys! gm
I felt like I had known the Patterson family my whole life, due to our parents being old friends from Tech. When I moved to Lubbock in 1982, I remember going to the Pattersons house and meeting Bobby and his brother, and how they made me feel so welcomed to the Lubbock crowd. I remember his incredible talent in art and stage, and how he always gave me hugs every time we saw each other. Thank you for making me feel comfortable during a scarry time in my life. You will always be remembered for the kind things you did for people. xxooxxoo
Back in 1997 I had the privilege of being included in the Ozone Gallery roster of artists under the curation of Robert Ellis Patterson. "Bobby" was notorious for throwing some of the most well attended (and attractive) art openings in the city.
Ozone was located in a no-man's between Soho and Little Italy. Being just off the beaten path meant that the gallery was receptive to outsider artists of all kinds. East-Village punkers, Soho Eurotrash, oddball cartoonists, skateboard and graffiti artists, rockstar photographers and wackos of all kinds were well represented.
When Bobby gravitated back to Austin, Texas he, once again invited me to show my stuff and he put on a stellar party and show. For my accomodations during my stay in Austin, I was offered a flimsy air mattress to sleep on the floor of the gallery. But he later felt guilty and inisisted that he sleep on it instead of me. That's the kind of good-hearted character he was!
Besides his quick wit and a sarcastic sense of humor he had a genuine affection for people and a Warholian personality that attracted wildly different types to his circle. As one of the more dynamic and open guys that one would meet in this world, it's unfortunate that he left us so early.
My KISS attire is officially donned, and I even have a few candles lit as I sit here wondering how many lives Bob has touched - if not changed - for the best.
(I include myself in that group)
Bob, this is your day - happy 36th.
Happy Birthday my Brother….
Jackson Pollock once said about his art that “every painting had its own life” and if that’s true and I think it is; then Bobby’s life was one of the most beautiful paintings ever painted.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank so many for all your love and support honoring Bobby’s life. I can’t tell you enough how comforting it is to have such wonderful friends during this difficult time.
Today is a special day; to again, remember the impact Bobby’s life had on us all. Bobby was the most unique, wonderful, caring, and talented person I have ever known. We were blessed to have him in our lives.
I want to also thank Kirsten for her spirit, courage, and dedication. And Matt, thank you for this wonderful website so we can all can acknowledge and reflect on Bobby’s legacy. I especially want to thank my loving parents for my life that continues to be filled daily with their strength, compassion, and most of all love - what a wonderful gift.
For those interested in purchasing Bobby’s art, and I think a more appropriate word would be donation, will go towards creating a foundation in his name. The foundation will go towards inspiring, supporting, and touching other artists who may be in need. For those interested please contact me @ email@example.com
I miss you my brother….Happy Birthday.
Love to you all,
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