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. Since then, his shows have concentrated on loose canvases: "I prefer them that way as they are based on fabric designs and I like the scroll-like qualities...".

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.

The Nightbush, 2013. Acrylic on unstretched canvas 2470 x 1830mm

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Bird Of Prey, 2013. Acrylic on canvas, 1500 x 690mm

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Black Forest, 2013. Acrylic on canvas. 1270 x 900mm

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Moonbath, 2014. Acrylic on canvas, 1600 x 1000mm

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Springfall, 2013. Acrylic on unstretched canvas. 1800 x 2500mm

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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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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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