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  • Paramjit Singh
    Born February 23, 1935 Amritsar, Punjab
    Born in 1935, in Amritsar, Punjab, Paramjit Singh grew up in pastoral pleasantry, which is reflected in his work as an artist. Moving to New Delhi, the artist studied at the Delhi Polytechnic, completing a diploma in Fine Arts there in 1958. Almost a decade later, he studied Printmaking at the Atelier Nord in Norway.
    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.
    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.
    Education
    1973 Print -Making from Atelier Nord, Norway 1953-58 Diploma in Fine Arts, Delhi Polytechnic, New Delhi Exhibitions 2014 'Shifting Terrains', Talwar... Selected Solo Exhibitions 2014 'Shifting Terrains', Talwar Gallery, New York 2010 'Beauty & Loss: A Landscape Diary', Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi 2009 'Shall Return Again....', Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata 2008 ‘Green Thought’, Bodhi Art, Singapore 2007 Grosvenor Vadehra, London 2007 Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi 2005 Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai 2004 Talwar Gallery, New York 2002 Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi 2001 Organized by Gallery Maya at Air Gallery, London 1999 Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata 1998 Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi 1997 Sakshi Gallery, Bangalore 1996 City Art Centre, Hong Kong organized by Gallery Maya 1996 Gallery Chemould, Mumbai 1995 Vadehra Gallery, New Delhi 1994 Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata 1994 The Gallerie, Chennai 1990 Centre for Contemporary Art, New Delhi 1989 Gallery Kilian, Celle, West Germany 1987 Cultural Centre, Bomlitz, West Germany 1983,85 Gallery Caprano, Braunchewig, West Germany 1981 Gallery Alana, Oslo, Norway 1981 Mainz, West Germany 1975,79,84,87 Dhoomimal Gallery, New Delhi 1974, 78,81, 85,90 Gallery Chemould, Mumbai 1973 Art Gallery Achenbach-Lohrl, Dusseldorf, Germany 1973 Gallery Babylon, Burssels 1973 Kunstner Forbundent, Olso, Norway 1972 Kunika Chemould Gallery, New Delhi 1969, 70 Gallery Chanakaya, New Delhi 1967 Triveni Gallery, New Delhi Selected Group Exhibitions 2013 'Ideas of the Sublime', presented by Vadehra Art Gallery at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi 2012 'Gallery Collection', Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi 2012 'Rewind , Review ... ', Gallery Threshold, New Delhi 2011 'The Lost Sparrow', presented by Gallery Threshold at Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi 2010 'Paper Trails', Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi 2010 'A. SYCO', The Viewing Room, Mumbai 2009-10 'Unclaimed Spaces', Gallery Threshold, New Delhi 2009 'Progressive to Altermodern: 62 Years of Indian Modern Art', Grosvenor Gallery, London 2009 'The Root of Everything', Gallery Mementos, Bangalore 2008 'Modern and Contemporary Indian Art', Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi 2008 'Baisakh 08', Polka Art Gallery, New Delhi 2006-07 ‘Inventing/ Inverting Traditions’, Indian Art II / III’, Grosvenor Vadehra, London 2005 'Contemporary Forms', Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata 2002 'Brahma to Bapu: Icons and Symbols in Indian Art', Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata and Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi 2001 'Works on Paper', Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata 1999 ‘An Indian Contemporary Art', organized by Gallery Maya at The Air Gallery, London 1998 'Multimedia', Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata 1997 'Colors of Independence', organized by Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata in association with National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi at National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi 1997 'Tryst with Destiny: Art from India', organized by Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata and Singapore Art Museum, Singapore in association with National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi at Singapore Art Museum, Singapore 1996 'Chamatkara: Myth and Magic in Indian Art', organized by Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata at Whitley's Art Gallery, London 1996 Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal 1996 'Highlights', organized by Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai 1995 Inaugural Exhibition, Art Today, New Delhi 1994 ‘Drawing '94’, Gallery Espace, New Delhi 1994 ‘Trends and Images’, Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata 1994 'Art for Children's Sake', Habiart Gallery, Habitat Centre, New Delhi 1994 'Trends and Images', Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata 1993 ‘Master of India’, Arts Trust, Mumbai 1993 ‘Indian Encounters’, London, New York and Dubai 1992 Husain Ki Sarai, Baroda 1992 Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi 1991 ‘Nine Indian Contemporaries’, Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA), New Delhi 1991 'Helpage India', Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai 1989 ‘Nature and Environment’, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi 1989 ‘Artists Alert’, SAHMAT, New Delhi 1984 ‘Inaugural Exhibition’, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal 1982 ‘Indian Art Today’, Dramstadt, Germany 1977 ‘Pictorial Space’, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi 1973 ‘Exhibition of Prints’, organized by Atelier Nord and Gallery 71 at Tromso, Norway 1971 ‘Art Today’, Kunika Chemould, New Delhi 1969 Gallery Chanakya, New Delhi 1968 ‘Trends in Romanticism’, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai 1967 Triveni Gallery New Delhi 1963 ‘Memory of Sailoz Mukherjee’, Kunika Chemould, New Delhi 1960,61,62 Organized by the Group 'The Unknown', at Kunika Chemould, New Delhi 1959 'Nine Painters' New Delhi 1958 'Seven Painters' New Delhi 1957 Young Asian Artists, Tokyo Joint Exhibitions 2002 ‘Inner / Outer’, with Rajendra Dhawan at Talwar Gallery, New York 1993 ‘Two Artists, Private Show’, Mahinder Tak, Washington DC Participations 2013-14 'Transition', 20th Anniversary Show, Centre of International Modern Art(CIMA), Kolkata 2012 'Art for Humanity', Coomaraswamy Hall, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai 2011 'Ethos V: Indian Art Through the Lens of History (1900 to 1980), Indigo Blue Art, Singapore 2010 'Art Celebrates 2010', represented by Gallery Threshold at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi to coincide with the hosting of the Commonwealth Games 2010 'Contemporary Printmaking In India', presented by Priyasri Art Gallery, Mumbai at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai; Priyasri Art Gallery, Mumbai 2010 'Summer Show 2010', Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata 2010 'Roots', 25th Anniversary Exhibition of Sakshi Art Gallery, Mumbai at The Park, Chennai 2008 'Freedom: Sixty Years After Indian Independence', Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata 2006 'Summer Show 2006', Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata 1996 'Harmony Show', Nehru Centre, Mumbai 1996 Art Biennale, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal 1994 Art Biennale, Cairo, Egypt 1994 Art Festival, Israel 1993 Emirates Bank International Sharjah 1992 ‘Silver Jubilee Show’, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata 1988 International Festival of Art Baghdad, Iraq 1988 ‘25 Years Anniversary Show’, Gallery Chemould, Mumbai 1987 Cultural Centre, West Germany 1987 Festival of India, Russia 1986 Bharat Bhavan Biennale, Bhopal 1986 Art Biennale, Ankara, Turkey 1984 XV Tokyo Biennale Japan 1982 Vth International Triennale, New Delhi 1980 Silver Jubilee Exhibition in Miniature Format, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi 1978 IVth International Triennale, New Delhi 1975 IIIrd International Triennale, New Delhi 1971 IInd International Triennale, New Delhi 1970 'Art Expo 70', Indian Pavillion, Osaka, Japan
    Honours and Awards 1970 National Award, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi 1970 Recipient of Sahitya Parishad Sanman from Sahitya Kala Parishad, New Delhi
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