The art of Paramjit Singh merges with the art of nature
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.
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.