Gopal Samantray has an uncanny grasp of the pictorial language. He does not speak the complex language of intellectualism, but the colours and forms which he has arrived at after tough experiences and practice betray an uncanny local intelligence. His world has no time for abstraction. Tigers, zebras, elephants, gorillas and kite or eagle-like birds are integral to Samantray’s imagery. But the particular metropolis where he finds these animals standing, there the balanced and imaginative use of colours and texture attributes to his canvases a pictorial vocabulary complete in itself.