When and why did you acquire this work?
It was about four years ago. I had seen an exhibition of Panchal’s works earlier, on a friend’s recommendation, and bought a smaller painting by him. I bought this much later.
What about his art appeals to you?
He has a unique way of portraying children on canvas. Many artists have tried to capture it, but the kind of innocence he can evoke in children’s portraits is unique.
Anand Panchal’s work
Anand Panchal isn’t yet a big name in the art world…
He’s well known in the Mumbai circuit. He’s from Latur in Maharashtra and probably in his mid-30s.
What are his artistic influences?
I don’t know much, but he’s heavily influenced by Indian mythology. He has a Durga series and a Kamadhenu series, which are popular among connoisseurs and collectors.
Where have you hung this painting?
It’s in my living room. Most of the paintings I own are displayed here.
What drives you to buying a work of art: market trends or aesthetics?
Market trends would influence those who see art strictly as investment. I do follow trends in the art market as someone who is interested in art. But when it comes to buying, I buy a work of art because something about it instinctively appeals to me and I acquire it to live with it and enjoy it.
What do you make of the great Indian art boom?
It’s great for artists; they’re no longer poor jholawalas living on the fringes. But the soaring prices are gradually alienating buyers like me. The least you’d have to pay for an artwork today is Rs25,000. Everybody is trying to make a killing out of the art market and ready to put in any amount of money. I doubt that that boom will last very long.
How much did Panchal’s work cost you?
Anand Panchal’s work is available at prices ranging from Rs20,000 to Rs1.1 lakh