Arpita Singh | Works on Paper
28 October - 2 December, 2015 | D-40 Defence Colony, New Delhi
This exhibition offers an extraordinary opportunity to view sketches, drawings and watercolours by Arpita Singh. Among India’s most outstanding artists, Singh is known for her enigmatic works, which offer a complex and highly engaging view of the world through the prism of her city, Delhi.
On view will be, for the first time, 45 sketch books, and over 60 drawings and watercolours. These small format works which date from 2005 to 2015 offer a rare opportunity to see both the preparatory and finished works by Arpita Singh. Her use of the line - broken, fragmented or staccato, which may resemble a map or an ECG - offers a completely different way of viewing her works, from her highly finished paintings. In recent times, Singh’s use of text to create forms, and the origami shapes that she has developed are also on view. The intimate format of the sketch books offer a view of the process of one of the most highly rated artists of our time.
Born in 1937 Aprita Singh graduated from the Delhi College of Art in 1959. She has participated in many significant solo and group shows. Since her first solo exhibition in 1972 at Kunika Chemould Gallery, New Delhi, Singh’s work has been featured regularly in shows of Indian art held in the country and internationally. These include exhibitions at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, in 1982; the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, in 1986; in Geneva in 1987; and at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, in 1993. She has also participated in the 3rd and 4th Triennials in New Delhi; the 1987 Havana Biennale; and the Indo-Greek Cultural Exhibition in Greece in 1984. More recently, her works have been exhibited at 'Progressive to Altermodern: 62 Years of Indian Modern Art' at Grosvenor Gallery, London, in 2009; 'Kalpana: Figurative Art in India' presented by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) at Aicon Gallery, London, in 2009; 'The Root of Everything' at Gallery Mementos, Bangalore, in 2009; and ‘Modern and Contemporary Indian Art’ at Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, in 2006. Singh has won several awards throughout her career, including at the 1981-1982 All-India Drawing Exhibition in Chandigarh, the 1987 Algeria Biennale, and the 1991 Parishad Samman from the Sahitya Kala Parishad, New Delhi. The artist has also showed her works in more than twenty solo exhibitions including several in Chandigarh, Bhopal, Mumbai and New Delhi. Her prominent solo shows are ‘Picture Postcard 2003 – 2006’ at Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, in 2006; ‘Memory Jars’ at Bose Pacia Modern, New York, in 2003; and ‘Drawing 94’at Gallery Espace, New Delhi, in 1994.