Akbar Padamsee's works have never been about telling a story. For him, the opportunity to effectively capture and transfer human expression and emotion onto a canvas surpasses the narrative role of his works. Despite their controlled and composed features, his faces have the power to engulf the viewer with an overwhelming sense of loneliness that emanate from the monumental and sculptural images.
"Most of the figures evoke a sense of vulnerability and anguish, yet none of them are simple victim figures. They are not merely alone, but essentially separate from the viewer. This separateness is so persistent a feature of the paintings that one is forced to ask whether it arises out of a sense of the privacy of the self, or an uncompromising existential search in which each man or woman is irrevocably alone." (E. de Souza, Akbar Padamsee, Art Heritage, New Delhi.)