Patrick had a visit to Canada in August to see belovéd alumni student and friend, Stuart Reid and his wife Doreen Balabanoff for a short visit after receiving his Doctorate. They visited the Union Subway station, where Stuart Reid has a recent work installed as part of the expansion of the Toronto subway system.
They all went on to a summer break at the lakes, where Patrick was able to meet up with more of his students from the Burleighfield era. Here they all gathered to catch up.
On 27th June 2015, Patrick Reyntiens was conferred with the honorary title of Doctor for his services to the arts in his lifetime by Edinburgh University.
He had a wonderful weekend in Scotland celebrating with his family and friends.
Friend and erstwhile student Danny Lane reminded us;
“How Beautiful to see the Great Master in his colours!!!”
Patrick Reyntiens celebrating his doctorate from Edinburgh University on June 27th 2015
In the summer edition of The Glazier, the magazine of the Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass there were no less than three articles about the work of John and Patrick Reyntiens.
A page of the article in the Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Glass Painters’ newsletter, by Richard Blausten
We all know Patrick Reyntiens’ work from the big commissions he has fulfilled on his own and, earlier in his career, with John Piper, but many people are not familiar with his more intimate and personal work on single panels that have come out of his own love for Greek Mythology and the metaphors for life of drama and music. This publication is packed with vibrant photographs of both artists work, and if you want a souvenir copy of the magazine for yourself, you can download it from the Worshipful Company of Glaziers website.
The introduction to the ‘Zest’ of Patrick’s work was written by Richard Blausten the editor of the magazine, who interviewed Patrick at length for the article. It includes both technical, historical and biographical details that can only be garnered from an in-depth conversation with an artist. But Patrick is not backward in coming forward, and the second article in the sequence, is by Patrick Reyntiens himself, in which he argues that there is a strong place for stained glass in contemporary buildings.
The final article in the series is the first, of what I suspect may come to be many, articles about the work of Patrick’s youngest son, John Reyntiens, whose window at the Houses of Parliament for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee gift was unveiled in April 2012.
Following in his father’s footsteps John has carved out his own niche for contemporary design, but also shows the depths of his versatility in glass through the more traditional work he can deliver when called upon.
On Saturday 23rd of November 2013 the catalog of all works by Patrick Reyntiens that has recently been compiled by Libby Horner will be launched at the Goldmark Gallery in Uppingham, Rutland.
This publication, that has been produced by Sansom publishing is the first time that all the works made by Patrick Reyntiens, the Living Master of Stained Glass in the United Kingdom, has ever been put together to present a comprehensive overview in a single authoritative work. This work has been done by Libby Horner who, whilst making a film commissioned by John Reyntiens on Patrick’s work, in 2010 (From Coventry to Cochem) took the trouble to document each site she visited. Since then she has continued to add to her research, including wherever possible top quality photographs and images of the works she has documented. She has also added critical information concerning the works and their making that she came across in the course of her research. Thus producing a first class seminal work on the artist.
“There will be a re-discovery of Reyntiens as an artist of considerable stature in his own right”
Sir Roy Strong
Michael Goldmark of the Goldmark Gallery has generously offered to host the launch of the book at his gallery, where there will be a reception with a talk by Libby Horner on the writing of the book.
This will take place on Saturday 23rd November from 10:30am til 5:30pm.
Here is a small taste of the contents of the catalogue.