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SHANTI PANCHAL: Paintings of Exile and Home

15th May 8th June 2013

Piano Nobile is pleased to announce a major show of new work by Shanti

Panchal: Paintings of Exile and Home. A London-based, Indian-born painter,

Panchal is renowned for his large-scale watercolours of subtle vibrancy,

whose subject matter is at once challengingly contemporary and timelessly


In the early 1980s Panchal developed a remarkably innovative way of

painting, whereby 'watercolour is not just painted on the surface but injected

into the paper many times, and I scrape that with hard oil-paint brushes and

use blotting paper. The kind of depth you achieve is amazing'.

Born in Mesar, a village in Gujarat, India in the mid-to-late 1950s (his exact

birth-date is unknown), he studied at the Sir JJ School of Art in Bombay before

coming to England on a British Council scholarship to study at the Byam Shaw

School of Art, London from 1978-80. He has lived and worked in London since

then with frequent trips back to India.

In the artist's own words, his figurative works are filled with a 'contemplative

stillness and tranquility, which at first belies the complex interplay of emotions

and relationships between the figures depicted'.

His spaciously abstracted paintings are partly inspired by Indian miniaturist

painting and Buddhist frescoes but also by the visionary figuration of El Greco,

Mark Rothko's immense fields of colour and the haunting backdrops of Francis


Panchel has had numerous one-person shows in British public galleries and

abroad. He was awarded a prize at the BP Portrait Award at the National

Portrait Gallery, and received First and (later) Second Prizes at The Sunday

Times Watercolour Competition (in 2001 and 2012). His work is in many public

collections, including Arts Council England, The British Museum and The Ruth

Borchard Collection of Self-Portraits. The Imperial War Museum have acquired

two major paintings by him for their collection.

For further information please contact Matthew Travers at Piano Nobile Gallery,

T 020 7229 1099

M 07717574363


SHANTI PANCHAL, The Arch, 2008