Paramjit Singh | Paintings and Drawings
4 March - 4 April, 2017
Vadehra Art Gallery is excited to be presenting Paramjit Singh’s Drawings and Paintings, as part of his solo show. Singh’s brush charts a course on the canvas that gives the viewer panoramic visions of mystic landscapes. The bush, coated with thick pigment, does not rest before it has filled the entire surface; before the paint has ensured that all the natural forms in the frame have been given a colourful, tactile presence. The dappled areas of the sky and water too are rendered with a tactile feel. The lines etching out the grass, the leaves, the peduncle, seem to be possessed by a mysterious, lyrical musicality. The artist’s paintings create a continuum or series, evading the risk of self-duplication. Working both in the realist and the representational style, Singh’s canvases are gentle explorations of the possibilities that lie beyond the urban world that surrounds us; beyond the noises and sounds and streets packed with vehicles. Singh’s art is significant in its creation of a space for itself, and of an aesthetic haven for its viewers.
He says, “ My colours are in layer. You can keep going into the different layers beneath. I use colour for perspective and light for body. I use strokes of colour like a language: the repetition of strokes is like repeating words…Basically my colours come from nature. In the 70s the sky on my canvas started becoming green, and then red. I realized that it was nothing new – it was all in nature. I enjoy creating new colours and juxtaposing them.” Influenced by the French painters of the 19th century, he was drawn to how light was painted by the Impressionists, Post-Impressionists, and German Expressionists. Describing himself as a painter of nature, he says “What matters is the concept of landscape. I am a painter of nature, not an illustrator of nature. I paint the moods and its older elements, like the air, texture…I use nature and I invent my landscape”.
Paramjit Singh had his first solo show at the Triveni Gallery, New Delhi, in 1967, and has had numerous solo exhibitions since. Singh’s most recent shows include 'Shall Return Again...' at the Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata, in 2009; ‘Green Thought’ at Bodhi Art, Singapore, in 2008; and shows at Grosvenor Vadehra, London, and Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, in 2007. Singh’s work has also been a part of many group shows, some of which include 'Progressive to Altermodern' at Grosvenor Gallery, London, in 2009; 'Modern and Contemporary Indian Art' at Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, in 2008; and ‘Inventing/ Inverting Traditions: Indian Art II/III’ at Grosvenor Vadehra, London, in 2006-07.
The artist lives and works in New Delhi.