Copperfield – Hetain Patel: Baa’s Gold

6 Copperfield St, London SE1 0EP, United Kingdom - (16 September - 23 October, 2021)
Hetain Patel, Baa’s Gold (Family portrait), Acrylic and lacquer on board, 89 x 125cm. Photo: Eva Herzog, © The Artist, Courtesy of Hetain Patel

Baa’s Gold is a deeply personal, first exhibition of paintings from Hetain Patel (Bolton, 1980), revisiting his relationship to family, immigration and, re-appropriating his family’s place in British society.

Against the backdrop of his earlier video work To Dance Like Your Dad (2009), this new series of paintings takes its aesthetic cues from the gleaming black car paint of each hearse his father’s garage produced. In making these paintings, Patel walks in his father’s footsteps, though not quite as literally as in the carefully observed choreography filmed in the Bolton garage. Picked out in gold detailing, the subject of these high gloss mise-en-scenes follows yet another influence on Patel’s life – his late grandmother Lakshmiben Patel, who his family all called “Baa”, meaning “Mother” in Gujarati.

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