The Godfrey Dean Gallery Shop provides space for local and prairie-based artists and craftspeople to exhibit, showcase, and sell artworks in a ongoing curated exhibition. On display now are paintings, drawings, ceramics, pottery, and jewelry from Paula Cooley, Michelle Dall’Acqua, Jocelyn Duchek, Louisa Ferguson, Garry Harris, Laureen Johnson, Val Morhart, Kelly Patterson, Edith. Skeard, Jeann Spilak, and Barry Whitta. The artist showcase currently features drawings by local artist Parth Patel.
Top-Left: Luffy, 2020 – $125 (unframed)
Top-Right: Mahendra Singh Dhoni, 2020 – $250 (unframed)
Bottom: Virat Kohli, 2020 – $200 (unframed)
Parth Patel, like many young artists in the digital age, is a self-taught artist. His inspirations include anime, successful people, abstract artworks, and animals. Since 2017, Patel has been showing his work through the popular social media platform YouTube. Patel’s drive for sharing his process and desire to become a full-time artist highlights his indomitable passion for the arts and illustration.
Many young artists work in digital communities, and Patel is no exception. There are numerous resources for artists and an incredible library of open-source tools. Parth’s YouTube time-lapses demonstrate his process to his followers as he builds a drawing from a blank page. While he works in traditional drawing tools such as ink and coloured pencil, both the way he shares his work and the subject matter he chooses reflect a deep connection to our digital landscape. Anime, such as One Piece and Pokémon, and popular figures such as cricket players and political leaders, are all drawn with incredibly saturated colour and attention to detail.
Parth’s illustrative style shows a deep understanding of colour and form, whether he’s drawing a manga character or athlete. By sharing his process, he also participates in the same open-source and collaborative environment which has allowed him to learn, share, and grow. These communities, which owe their lineage to early forums on the internet, foster an environment that resembles an open studio. Being on YouTube allows others to see his process as well as develop their own. By watching his videos, you both participate in his studio practice and become a part of a global community of shared interests.
In a small town, the need for a shared global community becomes even more valuable, as it allows for constant creative growth and feedback where it may otherwise be hard to find. Many young artists engage in these communities but rarely share their work in a gallery context, which is why we are so excited to host Parth’s work and help foster a community of local emerging artists and illustrators
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Hey there, myself Parth Patel, I am a self-taught artist who likes to make all kinds of artworks. I have been making art since I was in 7th grade. I was amazed by YouTube drawing videos, and I started my YouTube channel and uploaded my first video on 31st October 2017. I create because I’m passionate about art. Still, I’m not doing art full time, but I think I will be doing that sooner than later. If anyone would like to make a commission for an artwork, contact me via email.
Artists at the Godfrey Dean Gallery Shop