ZIMMERMAN ART GALLERY

Current Exhibition

For the month of July 2019, ZIMMERMAN is featuring "Imaginary Places" - a series of shimmering new paintings by Whanganui artist Prakash Patel.

 

 

For Prakash Patel, each new painting is an adventure of exploration, experimentation and discovery.

“I've always been fascinated by nature and its complexity. You can look up in to space, and it goes on and on. The same thing happens when you look through a microscope - there’s actually no point where it ends, it goes back into infinity again.”

“I would say I’m not religious, but there’s something about painting that has a kind of spiritual aspect. The act of painting becomes almost like praying, or a devotion to God.”

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

"I’m always searching for that moment: when everything makes sense, and is connected, from the microscopic world to the cosmos.”

For an interview with the artist published earlier this year in ArtZone, see https://confetticonfetti.co.nz/2019/07/02/from-one-end-to-the-other/

 

Brief artist’s bio

Born in Whanganui in 1968, it was not until 1978 that Patel first travelled to India, the land of his parent’s birth. There Patel experienced a richness and depth he had never felt before, which would subsequently draw him back on journeys of artistic discovery.

In 2006, supported by Creative New Zealand and the Asia New Zealand Foundation, Patel was awarded an artist’s residency at the Sanskriti Kendra Campus on the outskirts of New Delhi.

In 2012, 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.

Patel continues to live and work in Whanganui, where he is a four time winner of the Whanganui Arts Review.

The artist has exhibited at ZIMMERMAN since the gallery first opened in early 2010.

 

Exhibition runs from 1 to 31 July 2019

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