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Melissa Patel
Paintings by Melissa Patel seen at Private Residence, St. Catharines - Frozen Creek (1 & 2) - watercolour paintings
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Frozen Creek (1 & 2) - watercolour paintings

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Frozen Creek (1 & 2), watercolour on paper, 12 x 16 in. (16 x 20 in. framed), 2017

These paintings were part of a series of field studies I made in the wintertime at a park I used to visit as a child. My intention was to capture the stillness and tension that exists within winter landscapes. I allowed the environmental conditions to create the compositions for me by using the snow as an editing tool, leaving the areas of snow blank and focusing on the structures within the landscape that remain in colour. I wanted to express the balance of positive and negative space that exists in nature. The areas of coloured structures are the significant landmarks within this environment, as they withstand the environmental conditions while others are erased by it.

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Melissa Patel

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Melissa Patel is a Toronto based artist who works primarily in drawing, painting, and photography. She was born and raised in Canada, and is of Portuguese and Indian descent. Her multicultural background has been a key influence in her work, which she uses to explore themes of family, identity, memory, heritage, and her relationship to nature and the environment. She sees her work as a way to interpret and understand the world around her by breaking down real world elements and recapturing them through artistic media. She studied at OCAD University and has a BFA in Drawing and Painting. She currently exhibits her work in galleries across Toronto and in 2019 was one of six notable Canadian emerging artists to exhibit in the Daegu Art Fair in South Korea with Partial Gallery.