Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke
GIEVE PATEL, Figure in Landscape, 1976, oil on canvas
GIEVE PATEL, Figure in Landscape, 1976, oil on canvas, 152 x 213 cm / 60 x 84 in


A self-taught artist dedicated to multiple professions, Gieve Patel has imaged a sensitive and acute awareness of the human condition throughout a 40-year painting practice. Sourcing inspiration from the quietude of nature and the pulse of the city, his work articulates a mature, restrained balance between figuration rooted in realistic naturalism and the freedom of painterly abstraction. Along with three books of verse and three plays, Patel has written extensively about contemporary Indian art and, until his recent retirement, was also a practicing physician.

Patel published his first book of poems and held his earliest solo exhibition in Bombay in 1966, which was followed by exhibitions at Kunika Chemould, Delhi in 1972 and Gallery Chemould, Bombay, in 1975. In the 1970s and 80s, he refined an ability to describe the universal experience of isolation in eloquent representations of the urban industrial landscape and common people, sites, and even animals in Bombay. During this period, Patel's artistic practice dovetailed with initiatives of artists based in Baroda and Bombay who responded to contemporary politics and everyday situations with an emphasis on narrative figuration.

While continuing to build on these themes, Patel began a distinct trope of representing violent deaths in the 1980s. In works like Crushed Head (1984) and Battered Man in Landscape (1993), the artist rendered victimized heads and torsos detached from specific aggressors and locational contexts. Like the resilient figures living in his urban-scapes, Patel wounded his victims with empathetic sensitivity and characteristic attention to the contoured shadows and colors at heart of the human form.

In the 1990s, Patel embarked on a long-term series of visual translations drawn from the wells of his ancestral Gujarat. Exhibiting the first of these works in the exhibition Looking into a Well at Gallery Chemould in 1996, Patel's paintings of this subject privilege an expressive, self-conscious recording of the experience of perception. Eliminating the encounter of one's own face that would reflect back from the surface of the water, and transforming the horizontal well into a vertically-hung canvas, the conceptual address of these works ties closely to the artist's persistent attention to the position of the human figure.

Beth Citron

Born 1940 in Mumbai 
1964 Graduated as a Doctor of Medicine from Grant Medical College, Mumbai
Lives and works in Mumbai

Solo Exhibitions

2017   'Footboard Rider', Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai
2011   'Wells Clouds Skulls', Bose Pacia, New York
2009   'Gieve Patel: Select Works 1971-2006', Gallery Threshold, New Delhi and Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai
2007   'Eklavya/Daphne', the Museum Gallery (presented by Guild Art Gallery), Mumbai
2003   'Gieve Patel', Gallery Chemould, Mumbai and Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
2000   'Gieve Patel Paintings 1997-2000', Gallery Chemould, Mumbai
1995   'Gieve Patel ? Looking into a Well' (presented by Gallery Chemould), Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
1994   'Gieve Patel', Gallery Chemould, Mumbai
1990   'Gieve Patel', Art Heritage, New Delhi
1987   'Drawings by Gieve Patel', Gallery Chemould, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
1984   'Gieve Patel: Paintings', Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
1979   'Gieve Patel', Art Heritage, New Delhi
1975   'Gieve Patel', Gallery Chemould, Mumbai
1972   'Gieve Patel', Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai
1970   'Gieve Patel Paintings and Prints', Kunika-Chemould Art Centre, New Delhi 
1967   'Gieve Patel', Sridharani Gallery, New Delhi
1966   'Gieve Patel Paintings and Pastel Drawings', sponsored by Indian Committee for Cultural Freedom, Mumbai at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

Group Exhibitions

2019   India Art Fair, New Delhi. Presented by Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke
2018   'From the Collection', Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai
2017   'India Re-Worlded: Seventy Years of Investigating a Nation', curated by Dr. Arshiya Lokhandwala, Gallery Odyssey, Mumbai
2016   'DWELLING', 10th Anniversary Show (Part I)', curated by Ranjit Hoskote, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai
2016   'No Parsi is an Island', National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi
2013   'No Parsi is an Island', National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai
2013   'Touched by Bhupen', Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai
2013   'Subject of Death', Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai
2011   'The Body Unbound', Rubin Museum of Art, New York 
2008   'Multiple Modernities: India, 1905-2005', Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
2007   '1st Anniversary' show, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai
2007   'Gateway Bombay', Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts
2006   'The Startling View from the Studio: Gieve Patel & Sudhir Patwardhan', Bose Pacia, New York
2003   'Crossing Generations: Diverge', 40 years of Gallery Chemould, National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai
2000   'Embarkations: the Millennium Show', Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai
1997   'Indian Contemporary Art Post Independence', Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
1987   'Coups de Coeur', Halle de I'lle, Geneva, Switzerland
1986   'Contemporary Art of India: The Herwitz Collection', Worcester, Massachusetts
1985   'Contemporary Indian Art', Grey Art Gallery and Study Centre, New York University, New York
1985   'Exhibition of the Collection of Richardson Hindustan Company', organized by Mr. Gurucharan Das, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
1982   Inaugural Exhibition, Roopankar Museum of Fine Art, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal
1982   'India, Myth, and Reality: Aspects of Modern Indian Art', Museum of Modern Art, Oxford
1982   'Contemporary Indian Art', Royal Academy of Art, London
1979   'Focus: 4 Painters 4 Directions', with  Bhupen Khakhar, Tyeb Mehta, Akbar Padamsee, Gallery Chemould, Mumbai
1978   'Six Who Declined to Show at the Triennial', Kumar Gallery, New Delhi
1978   'New Contemporaries', curated by Gulammohamed Sheikh for MARG, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
1977   'Pictorial Space', Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi
1976   Biennale de Menton, Cagnes-sur-Mer, France


1992   Rockefeller Fellowship, University of Chicago, Illinois
1984   Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, The Wilson Center, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.



Gieve Patel 'Footboard Rider'

January 19, 2017 - March 18, 2017


How to Inhabit Your Skin | Conversation between Gieve Patel and Ranjit Hoskote
How to Inhabit Your Skin | Conversation between Gieve Patel and Ranjit Hoskote