Roy Mehta

Artist, Film-maker, Consultant, Lecturer / academic, Teacher

'Mehta goes to the places where unexpected, and often uncomfortable feelings are likely to emerge. If this leads one to expect a quiet, unobtrusive body of work, it ill prepares us for the boldly pictorial quality and strong visual impact of his images. This refining down of attention and the altercations of focus are the key strategies that allow Mehta to defamiliarize and decontextualize his subjects, enabling us to see familiar things as if for the first time.' (Stuart Hall 'Different' © Phaidon Press Ltd. 2001)

I have been working with photography for over 20 years. My work has covered many varying projects several of which look at issues around cultural identity. During this time I have developed from working within a traditional documentary black and white idiom towards a more personal method of expressing ideas, specifically through the use of colour to produce images that are intimate and sensitive. More recently my work has explored ideas surrounding the methodology of the constructed landscape. This is a project that I have been collaborating on with Greer Crawley (a landscape architect and academic at Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College, UK). The work is a representation and metaphor for surgical techniques within the manipulation of the landscape.

I have published two solo books, Distant Relations (pub Autograph 1996) with essays by Mark Sealy and Oladele Bamboye, and 'Coastline' (pub Browns 2003) with essays by David Chandler and Andrew Martin.

'Roy Mehta depicts the natural world in uniquely photographic terms, playing with exaggerated perspective to create a strange, distorted, almost fevered rendition of the English botanical landscape.' (Sophy Rickett, Hotshoe, July 2010)

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Location London, England
Activities Higher education, Further education, Lecturing, Public art, Private commissions
Artforms / type of project Publication, Book Works, Film & Video, Photography, Public Art

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  • Uncertain States annual group exhibition

    14/11/2014 – 05/12/2014
    The Bank Gallery, Central House 59-63 Whitechapel High Street London E1 7PF

    Variety of artists exhibiting in the annual show.

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