homepage“Panchal does not use watercolor in the traditional English way, as a fast medium to capture the changing effects of light on landscape, but turns it on its head, forsaking its characteristic immediacy. He uses a tough hand-made paper and builds up (over time) as many as dozens of layers of watercolor, the repeated layering having something meditative about it, like the ritual revolutions of a prayer wheel, the telling of beads or the repetition of a mantra. A share of this quality permeates the finished images making them reposeful and contemplative in spirit, rather than in any way emotive or troubled. They have a trance-like clarity which seems to embody a degree of expectancy when it doesn’t extend to monumentality.”

- Andrew Lambirth