Approved: 15.01.2009

Raksha Patel

Artist, Lecturer / academic, Gallery educator

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Approved: 15.01.2009

I have been exploring the materials of the body in relation to landscape; the focus of my recent work lays in constructing images of the different internal components of the body such as blood, organs and hair and translating them into what we see outside of ourselves in the environment. Places that I refer to in the paintings relate to areas that have been devastated or are in a state of flux, they

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  • Location: London
  • Activities: Secondary education, Further education, Adult education, Practice-based research, Learning programmes
  • Categories: Drawing, Film & Video, Painting
  • Tags: Vanitas, portraiture, landscape, Regency, Gardens, Botanical, Erosion, Super 8, Vintage
 

Biography

I have been exploring the materials of the body in relation to landscape; the focus of my recent work lays in constructing images of the different internal components of the body such as blood, organs and hair and translating them into what we see outside of ourselves in the environment. Places that I refer to in the paintings relate to areas that have been devastated or are in a state of flux, they often reflect current socio-politics, and although they are based on reality, the locations appear as fictional places that do not exist in any real physical space. These ideas have derived from exploring psychology from an Eastern perspective and in particular investigating notions of the impermanent nature of the body, and death. My practice is pre-dominantly in paint although also I make video installation work, sometimes using paint as a medium.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 1998 - MFA Fine Art - Painting, Slade School of Art, London 1996 - PG Dip in Communication Design, Central Saint Martins School of Art, London 1994 - BA Hons Illustration, Norwich School of Art, Norwich Solo exhibitions 2013 - Forget-Me-Knot, Pitzhanger Manor Gallery, London 2004 - Stellatus, The Site Gallery - Projection Space, Sheffield 2000 - Corona, Unit II, The University of Bradford, Bradford Group exhibitions 2013 - Pump House Open, Pump House Gallery, London, 2013 - Collision , Nancy Victor Gallery, London 2013 - We Were Trying to Make Sense, 1Shantiroad, Bangalore, India 2012 - New Media and Digital Technologies, Landmark Arts Centre, London 2012 - No Now!, Space Station Sixty Five, London 2011 - Jerwood Drawing Prize, Jerwood Space , London and touring 2010 - Paint , Beldham Gallery, Brunel University, London 2009 - Other Asias - A Cup of Tea Solves Everything, Departure and touring, London/Ireland 2009 - Postcards from Dystopia, Nolias Gallery, London 2008 - The Mausoleum of Lost Objects, inIVA - Rivington Space, London 2007 - The Redemptive Beauty of Life after Death, The Bonnington Gallery, Nottingham 2006 - Tying the Knot, The Glass Box, London 2006 - Visions in the Nunnery, The Nunnery Gallery , London 2005 - Closing the Door?, The Jewish Museum, London 2005 - Creative Connections (Artist Residency), Whitechapel Gallery, London 2005 - Reception 3, The Cremer Street Gallery, London 2005 - The Video Lounge, South London Gallery, London 2004 - Island Film Festival, Prenelle Gallery, London 2003 - Nth Art Exhibit, OLS & Co, London 2001 - Art-Tube-01, Platform for Art, The London Underground 2001 - Self Assembly, Rugby Museum and Gallery, Rugby 2000 - Labour Intensive, The City Gallery, Leicester 2000 - Slow Spin, The Century Gallery, London 1999 - Accelerated Culture Jet Lag, La Gare, London 1997 - Imaginary Boundaries, The Bull Arts Centre, London 1996 - Half Empty, Half Full, 198 Gallery, London 1995 - Fair and Lovely, Alternative Arts, London 1995 - Pleasures Unbound, The Coventry Gallery, London Artist talks 2012 - On Art, Resilience and Young People - speaker/panel discussion, Tate Britain, London 2007 - Untold India - speaker/panel discussion, The National Maritime Museum, London 2006 - Diversity Arts Forum - speaker/panel discussion, Hayward Gallery, London 2004 - Series 5 - panel discussion, Resonance FM, London Public commissions 2000 - Up the Garden Path, Public art project / TRAC, Leicester City Council, Leicester Competitions, prizes and awards 2003 - The Apthorp Young Artist Award, ., London 1998 - First Base Studio Award, ACAVA, London