“Executing only a few pictures each year, Panchal devotes himself to each succeeding image with an absolute contemplative commitment. The slowness of his approach, outlining the composition initially in pencil and then building up more than a dozen layers of watercolour wash on the thick, rough paper he favours, is akin to a meditative exercise… The tension between [his characters] is highly dramatic… Panchal insists on retaining the flatness of the picture plane even when distances are evoked. It accentuates the feeling in his pictures of expectancy and compression. But it also lends clarity to his work, giving directness and immediacy of impact. Only after a while… does the enigmatic flavour of Panchal’s art become apparent as well.”

– Richard Cork

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