Chemould Prescott begins an exhibition of select works by Gieve Patel from 1971 to 2006. An artist, poet, playwright and a practicing doctor, Patel, a self-taught artist, had his first exhibition in 1966 in Mumbai. Patel often paints human figures set amidst cityscapes, doing every routine chore, and a close observation of clothes and mannerisms.
An excerpt from the catalogue essay for this show by Kamala Kapoor reads, “An exhibition of drawings paintings and sculptures, it also spans an array of themes, though the content remains deeply human throughout. If one responds fully to the work, one can always recognise Patel's compete commitment that remains free of trend or compromise, where the work has no middle ground which can lean this way or that, and where his art has been for him a means of probing reality, nature and human experience, much of it refracted through a belief, a conviction, a world view.”
Patel has participated in the Menton Biemale, France in 1976; India, Myth and Reality, Oxford in 1982; Contemporary Indian Art, Royal Academy, London 1982. He has exhibited for Contemporary Indian Art, Grey Art Gallery, New York, 1985, Indian Art from the Herwitz collection Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts, 1985.