Patel
prakAsh

Prakash Patel was born in New Zealand in 1968. Since graduating with a Diploma in Visual Arts and Design at Hawkes Bay Polytechnic in 1993, he has exhibited widely throughout New Zealand.

Patel’s incorporation of emblems and techniques evocative of traditional Indian culture-making within the modern constraints of the painted canvas stem from his experiences as an Indian growing up in conservative Wanganui; painting providing Patel with a way of expressing a sense of cultural dislocation and the gulf between his Gujarati background and the culture of 1970s New Zealand.

Patel's paintings make expressive use of colour and pattern, achieved through a meticulously restrained dot technique underpinned by a desire for artistic experimentation. In the repetitious fading of bright, iridescent colours into the dark, inky background that saturates his works, Patel creates a rippling, rhythmic energy and a sense of these organic forms fading through the dimensionality of the image. The result is twofold: a repetitive and ultimately hypnotic emphasis of space within the bounds of the canvas and a direct allusion to the intricacy, colour, spiritual and mystical themes of Indian culture – the result of Patel’s expression of cultural affinity within the structure of contemporary NZ painting.

Patel is also the creator of site-specific installation works, such as the 280 panel Satellite at The Globe Gallery in Napier. Since 2006, when the Sanskriti Residency took him to India (with a resulting show at the NZ High Commission in New Delhi), the artist has diligently worked from his studio in Whanganui. A full show at the Sarjeant Gallery (Karma Cloud) in 2007 showed Patel as a maturing artist of unique vision. After that visit, his shows concentrated on loose canvases because they simulated fabric designs and scroll-like qualities.

More recently, and again supported by Creative New Zealand, Patel visited the State of Gujarat, near his family’s ancestral origins, to study the paintings and artistic processes of the indigenous Warli people.

“I find fundamental aspects of Indian philosophy resonate strongly within my work, particularly in the way it adheres to a holistic view and that everything is connected from the microscopic world to the cosmos. For me each painting is an adventure of exploration, experimentation and discovery.”

afterlife

4 - 28 May 2020

‘And then something happens, after a while, where you start to feel like the planets are lining up and everything starts to make sense.’ Patel

new paintings

28 May - 15 June 2013

Prakash Patel's paintings are stunning examples of his ability to conjure up the hues and textures of Indian sari patterns, placing them within the complexity of an overall abstraction.

Ornamental Forest (2019) acrylic on canvas 1000 x 760mm $4,500

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Subterrane (2019) acrylic on canvas 1000 x 760mm $4,500

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Atlantis (2019) acrylic on canvas 1260 x 990mm $6,000

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Reef II (2019) acrylic on canvas 600 x 500mm $1,500

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Silver Cloud (2020) diptych, acrylic on canvas 2@ 1200 x 900mm $8,500

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Snow Angel (2020) acrylic on canvas 1000 x 1500mm $9,000

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Snow Angel (2020) acrylic on canvas 1000 x 1500mm $9,000

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Artwork title, 2010. Oil on canvas. 121.5 x 107 cm

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Artwork title, 2010. Oil on canvas. 121.5 x 107 cm

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Artwork title, 2010. Oil on canvas. 121.5 x 107 cm

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Artwork title, 2010. Oil on canvas. 121.5 x 107 cm

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Artwork title, 2010. Oil on canvas. 121.5 x 107 cm

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