Pat Tracey was born in Westport in 1959. Because of the economic situation in Ireland his family moved to London then Birmingham before finally settling in Manchester, England. They returned to Westport in 1973 and Pat continued his schooling in the CBS. He attended Galway RTC between 1980 and 1984 obtaining a Diploma in fine Art with credits. Between 1985 and 2000 he worked as a graphic designer for Cashin Print (3 years) and Berry Print Group (12 years) His ability to illustrate was a great bonus to both companies. In 2000 he started his own business illustrating for the building and pharmaceutical industry while also designing logos, brochures, books etc...for many businesses throughout the region. It was in 2000 that Pat began his love of painting once again and to date has had great success!

Pat's paintings are primarily figurative, and range from simple portraiture to intricate narratives. Often using humour, he depicts scenes using social, psychological, and political issues. Anatomical distortions separate the figures from the photographic ideal, which gives him the freedom to create his own distorted reality. His work is often described as offbeat, sentimental, and disturbing.