Wells Clouds Skulls – the Three Worlds of Our Fleeting Existence

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GET: a look at Wells Clouds Skulls by Gieve Patel

IN: The Guild, 02/32, Kamal Mansion, 2nd floor,  Arthur Bunder Road,Colaba Mumbai 400005

ON: February 2nd to February 28th, 2011. Preview Feb 2nd 7:00pm-9:00pm

IT: is a representation of the transience of the physical world that lends room for introspection as we consider the possibilities and positions of the different forms

Gieve Patel presents large, monumental versions of his on-going series of paintings Looking into a Well. These works are evocations of the splendour of the physical world, while at the same time suggestive of  explorations of the complex inner world of the human psyche. Patel’s drawings of clouds give us a vision that challenge our notions of artistic form. As he points out clouds are always in the process of forming and dissolving, and since both these activities happen congruently we are witness to a world of endless instability.

The charcoal drawings of skulls are formally inventive, and are free from the macabre. The artist shows here both involvement and a detached vision, in equal measure. The drawings seem to be presented without an obvious context, there not being even a base line suggesting a resting surface for the skulls. This lends the skulls a feeling of an existence in a philosophical and contemplative space. The three themes of this show seem to embrace the three worlds of our fleeting existence. Subtle connections seem to weave back and forth between them as the viewer views this body of work.

About the Artist: Gieve Patel is a well-known painter and writer. His paintings are in public and private collections in India and in other countries, including the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi; Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal; the Jehangir Nicholson Collection, Mumbai; the Museum of Modern Art, Menton, France; the Peabody Essex Museum, Massachusetts, USA


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