Sunday, July 7, 2013

A veteran known for masterly brushwork

This is an artist whose masterly brushwork tends to chart a captivating course on the canvas, which provides the viewer with fabulous panoramic visions of truly magical and mystic landscapes.

The bush, soaked in thick pigment, refuses to take a pause before having filled the whole surface and before the paint has made sure that each natural form present in the frame has been rendered with a tactile, colorful presence. Those dappled areas of the water bodies and sky too are given a tactile feel even as the lovely lines that etch out the gorgeous grass, the luscious leaves, the peduncle, all appear to be possessed by a lyrical, mysterious musicality. Here are some important milestones in his career thus far:

Born in 1935 in Amritsar, Paramjit Singh had his art education in the School of Arts, Delhi Polytechnic (1953-58). He honed his skills in printmaking at Atelier Nord, Norway (1973), and was the founder member of 'The Unknown', a group of young painters and sculptors based in Delhi.

He was a faculty member of the Department of Fine Art, Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi, for 29 years, and retired as Professor in 1992. He won the National Award in 1970. Among his selected solo shows are 'Beauty & Loss: A Landscape Diary', Vadehra Art Gallery, Delhi (2010); 'Shall Return Again....', Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata (2009); and ‘Green Thought’, Bodhi Art, Singapore (2008) apart from exhibitions at Vadehra Art Gallery, Delhi (2007, 2002, 1998, 1995); Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai (2005); CIMA, Kolkata (1999, 1994); Sakshi Gallery, Bangalore (1997); and Gallery Chemould, Mumbai (1996, 1974, ‘78,’81, ‘85, and ’90) among others.

Apart from joint shows ‘Inner / Outer’, with Rajendra Dhawan at Talwar Gallery, New York (2002) and Mahinder Tak, Washington DC (1993), the celebrated artist’s works have been showcased internationally at venues including Grosvenor Gallery, London ('Progressive to Altermodern: 62 Years of Indian Modern Art' in 2009, 2007); Talwar Gallery, New York (2004); Air Gallery, London courtesy Gallery Maya (2001); City Art Centre, Hong Kong organized by Gallery Maya (1996); Gallery Kilian, Celle, West Germany (1989); Cultural Centre, Bomlitz, West Germany (1987); and Kunstner Forbundent, Olso, Norway (1973) among others.

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