Shanti Panchal Hon RBA, RWS
Shanti Panchal Hon RBA, RWS is a leading Indian -British watercolour artist working and living in London. Shanti was born in Mesar, a village in Gujarat, India. Following initial studies at the Sir JJ School of Art in Mumbai he came to the UK on a British Council Scholarship to study at the Byam Shaw School of Art in London between 1978-80. Since then he has built an international reputation with his unique take on the practice of watercolour painting and his visual description of people and their relationships.
In Shanti's works his figures hold our attention with their stillness and complexity. We look to imagine the context for the figures and the relationship between them. In Shanti's words,“The earthen colours of my palette relate to my early years spent in a village in Gujarat, Western India. It is strange but through these experiences I found myself inspired to develop a very personal visual language. In my paintings of the family in which I grew up, where western notions of privacy were absent, the characters manage to create their own inner space and the lack of privacy often highlights their essential loneliness.”
Shanti won the 1991 National Portrait Gallery/BP Portrait Award, was Artist-in-Residence at the National Gallery in London in 1994, and a nominee for the UK Asian Achievers Awards in 2003. During 2010-11 his work was included in the Tate Britain initiated touring exhibition and a painting of his sons in Afghanistan was acquired by The Imperial War Museum. In 2017 he was the winner of the Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize. His work continues to be held in many private and public collections throughout the world.
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