Saturday, January 05, 2008

Shanti Panchal

PANCHAYAT, 1985 Signed,

55cm x 38cm (21.5in x 15in)

This fine watercolour will be sold in London on January 10th.

Born in Gujerat, Shanti Panchal studied at the Sir JJ School of Art, Bombay, and later at the Byam Shaw School of Art, London. He has exhibited widely through the UK and India.

“Watercolour paintings were too limited to pretty flowers and sweet landscapes. It was a very frustrating experience. I was not prepared to accept the conventional limits of the medium.”

He won the 1991 National Portrait Gallery/BP Portrait Award, was Artist-in-Residence at the National Gallery, London in 1994, and was a 2003 nominee for the UK Asian Achievers Awards.

Tinged with a melancholic atmosphere, the work of Shanti Panchal consider universal themes such as hope, pain and anxiety.

“I use layers and layers of colour - layers and layers of life's experiences injecting into the very fibre of my existence, so ecstatic and at the same time so suicidal.”

The world is a stage where each one of us has a role to play. Here on this stage we are destined with a purpose. There is an entry and an exit.

Artists website.


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