May 7, 2008 > Art with a twist
Art with a twist
At first glance Kanu Panchal looks like any other senior citizen on holiday from a foreign country. It is only when you start a conversation with this man from India who indeed is here visiting his son that you realize he is a man of multiple talents.
As an orphaned child painting art boards to pay his education fees, he never dreamed that what he did to pay school fees would become a passion, earning him a job as an art teacher. His childhood romance with the paintbrush continues for this man, now in his seventies.
Panchal is a versatile artist, whose medium ranges from sculpture to works of fine art on canvas - he does not like to confine his talents to a single style. Incredibly creative, Panchal can create artwork from virtually anything, carving beautiful entrance doors to palatial houses and painting on not just canvas, but on metal as well. He likes to experiment using unconventional materials such as carbon copy paper, plastic scrap materials, and metal.
This septuagenarian talks enthusiastically about art; it is his reason to be active. Ordinary magazine photographs are transformed with an ordinary ball point pen as he traces over them and magically creates a completely different image. He can, for example, take a picture of Sarah Jessica Parker and turn it into a bird!
Mini greeting cards are transformed with black pencils on small cardboard pieces. Tracing his long fingernail on plain white copy paper, Panchal creates a wonderful piece, stunning in its clarity.
Panchal's artwork has been displayed throughout India in public art galleries and private collections.