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Homing in on émigré artists

30 July, 2020

Shanti Panchal (c.1950s-) Brexit 2018 Watercolour on paper 77 x 58 cm Courtesy of the Artist © Shanti Panchal 2020

AWARD-WINNING Shanti Panchal’s work is the choice for the Ben Uri Research Unit’s “first digital offering devoted to a contemporary émigré artist”.

London-based Panchal was born in Gujarat and studied in Bombay, before arriving in England on a British Council scholarship for the Byam Shaw School of Art in 1978. His unique and intricate watercolour technique is used to present challenging subject matter.

Panchal has exhibited widely and won the prestigious Ruth Borchard self-portrait award in 2015.

Shanti Panchal: A Personal Language of Painting 2007-2018 runs until August 13 on Ben Uri’s “expansive new virtual museum” at: https://benuri.org.uk/

The gallery says: “The exhibition’s focus on a contemporary immigrant experience continues the Ben Uri Research Unit’s ongoing mission to critically examine and effectively tell the story of the lives and works of émigré artists, Jewish and non-Jewish, who have so enriched the British visual cultural experience since 1900.”

It is planned to reopen the Ben Uri Gallery, St John’s Wood, on September 30. https://benuri.org.uk/exhibitions/41/works/

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