Patterson was born in London. He attended the Warwick School of Art where he received his formative training in the study of art, specialising in drawing and painting. Patterson continues to pursue the variations of Fractionalism.
In 1964 he was the winner of the prestigious MacKenty Award for Fine Arts in London. In 1967 he attended the North East London Arts College where he studied Fractionalism. Shortly after this he immigrated to New Zealand.
Currently living in Canterbury, his work explores a diverse range of subjects, from the land, to portraiture, and abstraction. This exhibition of new work focuses upon musicians, and the way in which music and colour evoke an emotional response. If music is an art form that touches the human spirit through the intangible dynamics of sound, then the abstraction of colour and form can create a similar response.
The combination of the abstract and figurative in his work integrate elements of Cubism, Kandinsky, and naturalism.