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PARAMJIT SINGH

Recent Paintings

September 15 – October 30, 2004

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Trees on the horizon, 2004  Oil on canvas, 48" x 60"

On exhibit are Paramjit Singh's recent paintings on canvas and the jewel like pastels on paper. In his new works, Singh has brought his fictive lens closer to his subject, immersing the viewer in the foreground of the landscape, where contrasts blur in the soft nuances of dappled light and stark focus recedes. The horizon, where it exists, barely tips across the top of the canvas, a bright white penetrating between the hunched shoulders of the huddled trees.

The impression of physical space created in the paintings of Paramjit Singh is, however, illusory. Concerned as much with the nature of memory as with nature, Singh’s water and foliage, illuminated by brilliant patches of sky, create an impression of nostalgia. This is the vision of the mind, not the eye. Though he lives and works in the bustling metropolis of New Delhi, he has consciously turned inward to create. The illusion of motion, the riot of textures, and the blurring of colors in these works suggest the multitude, but it is a vision of the crowd without anxiety, refigured in the pastoral.

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White Grass, 2004  Oil on canvas  48" x 48"

Paramjit Singh was born in Amritsar, India and studied art at the Delhi School of Art from 1953-58. In 1960 he was a founding member of “The Unknown”, a group of young artists in Delhi. In 1963 he joined the Faculty of Fine Arts at Jamia Millia University in Delhi and continued to teach till 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 in India, Germany, Norway, Japan, Russia and Hong Kong. Among them were the XV International Biennale in Tokyo, Japan in 1984; International Triennial in New Delhi, India in 1971, 74, 77, 82; Bhopal Biennale in 1984, 86, and in 1997 at exhibitions at The National Gallery of Modern Art in Mumbai and the National Gallery in Delhi. Singh’s works are in National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi and numerous private collections in Asia, Europe and United States.

Exhibition Views

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Lake - Afternoon, 2004

Oil on canvas

48" x 60"

Lake - Afternoon, 2004

Emerald Spot, 2004

Oil on canvas

42" x 55"

Emerald Spot, 2004

Trees on the Horizon, 2004

Oil on canvas

48" x 60"

Trees on the Horizon, 2004

White Grass, 2004

Oil on canvas

48" x 48"

White Grass, 2004

Leaf Shower, 2004

Oil on canvas

48' x 96"

Leaf Shower, 2004

Red Bloom, 2004

Oil on canvas

60" x 78"

Red Bloom, 2004

Mist Descending, 2004

Oil on canvas

48" x 66"

Blue Drift, 2004

Oil on canvas

36" x 96"

Blue Drift, 2004

Lake - Afternoon, 2004

Oil on canvas

48" x 60"

Lake - Afternoon, 2004

Emerald Spot, 2004

Oil on canvas

42" x 55"

Emerald Spot, 2004

Trees on the Horizon, 2004

Oil on canvas

48" x 60"

Trees on the Horizon, 2004

White Grass, 2004

Oil on canvas

48" x 48"

White Grass, 2004

Leaf Shower, 2004

Oil on canvas

48' x 96"

Leaf Shower, 2004

Red Bloom, 2004

Oil on canvas

60" x 78"

Red Bloom, 2004

Mist Descending, 2004

Oil on canvas

48" x 66"

Blue Drift, 2004

Oil on canvas

36" x 96"

Blue Drift, 2004