Paramjit Singh’s painting show a mastery of illusion with the impression of physical space they create. Concerned as much with the nature of memory as with nature itself, Singh’s painting utilize lighting and texture to create impressions of space and nostalgia. The illusion of motion, the riot of textures, and the blurring of colors in his works suggest a reconfiguration of the pastoral genre. Imbuing his paintings with palpability, while shrouded in a sense of mystery, Singh explores that which is beyond the perceived, searching out memory alongside the visceral. His landscape paintings are both quiet and chaotic, boundless and without depth. Though fictitious, his landscapes trace topographies that reflect not only the movement and spontaneity of nature, but the transcendent experience of it as well.
Paramjit Singh was born in 1935 in Amritsar, India and studied art at the Delhi School of Art. In 1963 he joined the Faculty of Fine Arts at Jamia Millia University in Delhi and continued to teach until 1992. Since his participation in the Young Asian Artists Exhibition in Tokyo, Japan in 1957, Singh’s works have been exhibited in group and solo exhibitions worldwide, including the XV International Biennale in Tokyo, Japan; International Triennial in New Delhi, India; Bhopal Biennale; and in exhibitions at The National Gallery of Modern Art in Mumbai and the National Gallery in Delhi. Singh’s works are in the collection of the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi and he, along with his paintings, have been the subject of the experimental film The Seventh Walk, directed by Amit Dutta.
The artist currently lives and works in New Delhi, India.