If you are an Indian looking for landscape paintings, your search will stop at the doorstep of Paramjit Singh. When it comes to landscapes, Singh is a magician, no less. The tactile feel and the texture he manages to achieve through his oil paintings are literally unmatched. The mastery of the medium he uses, his customised brushes with which he creates those brilliant strokes and his memories of nature is what lets him create these unmatched masterpieces. Oh, and the sky, his treatment of the sky is definitely the icing on the cake. Looking at Singh’s landscapes stirs up that long forgotten memory of places you had buried in your subconscious.
That said; Singh’s journey as an Indian painter dabbling in landscapes was one filled with trials and tribulations. Landscapes were the forte of the European masters and as a painter from India, it took some time for the international art aficionado to stop and take notice. It’s been our absolute privilege that Singh persevered. He could and he did, period!! The rest is history.
Born in 1935, in Amritsar, Paramjit Singh grew up in the heartland of Punjab. This is very evident in his art. Moving to New Delhi, he studied at the Delhi Polytechnic, completing a diploma in Fine Arts there in 1958 and a decade later, studying Printmaking at the Atelier Nord in Norway. His close association with nature in Amritsar and the art books in the Khalsa College brought him closer to both nature and art. Fabulously done shades and brilliant brushstrokes lend to his works radiance.
Singh’s landscapes range between the lifelike and the intangible. They have a sense of mystery to them. His work brims with a subconscious spontaneity. He has an almost fetish like fascination towards different kinds of trees, plants and golden wheat fields. They attract him boundlessly. His creativity is triggered by their woody patterns and textures. Singh is a master of texture and colour.
Paramjit Singh was the founder of “The Unknown”, an artist group based out of Delhi in the 70’s. He has also served as Professor in the department of fine arts, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi from 1963 to 1992. He was given the National Award, Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi in 1970.
Some of his popular exhibitions were
2009 – Shall return again…, Centre of International Modern Art, Kolkata, India
2005 – Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, India
2004 – Talwar Gallery, New York, NY
2002 – Talwar Gallery, New York, NY
1999 – Indian Contemporary Art Exhibition, Air Gallery, London
1997 – Sakshi Gallery, Bangalore
1996 – Gallery Chemould, Bombay
1995 – Vadhera Gallery, New Delhi
1994 – Art Festival, Israel
1994 – Cairo Biennale, Egypt
1993 – “Indian Encounters”, the Gallery, London