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Gieve Patel as a painter engages in a dialogue through his work addressing issues like fragmentation, materiality and isolation. He was born in 1946 in Mumbai. He held his first show in Mumbai
in 1966 and went on to have several major exhibitions in India and abroad. Patel participated in the Menton Biemale, France in 1976; India, Myth and Reality, Oxford in 1982; Contemporary Indian Art, Royal Academy, London 1982, He has also exhibited for Contemporary Indian Art, Grey Art Gallery, New York, 1985, Indian Art from the Herwitz collection Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts, 1985 and 'Coups de Coeur' Geneva, 1987.
His figures are often set within cityscapes. The brush allows the painter to explore its complex facets. He depicts urban landscape and scenes from the street. He belongs to that ultramodern group of artists who significantly changed the route of post-colonial Indian art in the mid-1960s. Patel chose to focus on the streetscapes of daily life. He has pursued glossary of subaltern figures in recent years.
In his paintings of wells he shifts into a freer, more lyrical and abstractionist device.
His art is an ongoing attempt to reconcile a sensuously apprehended and cherished particularity with an implied universal that stands beyond the incarnate particularity of forms. His achievement is to have addressed himself to this reconciliation through the tangible instruments of the painter's craft: through image and gesture. In his recent oils and acrylic paintings one can see a range of survivors from the margins of metropolitan life. These works represent Patel's practice of working in subject-based series.
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