INDIAN CONTEMPORARY ARTIST
- Born in 1935 in Amritsar, Punjab, India
- Lives and works in New Delhi, India
UNDERSTANDING THE ARTIST
Paramjit Singh uses beautifully displayed hues and brilliant brushstrokes that lend luminosity to his emergence as a landscape painter – showing his close association with nature rooted in his native Amritsar and reading art books in the Khalsa College Library, where his grandfather was the senior vice-principal. It was during the time in the college library that got him closer to both nature and art.
Speaking about his practice, he once mentioned that his colours are almost always placed in layers. He said as spectators we could keep going into different layers beneath each to find the perspective and light for the body of the painting. Each stroke of colour is like a language for him, where every repetition of strokes are like repeating words, with colours that come from the nature. He was highly influenced by French painters of the 19th century and was drawn to how light was painted by the Impressionists and their successors. Paramjit Singh's artworks are a blend of figuration and deliberation where organization of tones and light discover structures in rough slopes, rocks, bushes, fields, gathering of trees and sky.
The lines marking out the grass, the leaves, the trunks, appear to be controlled by a strange, expressive musicality. Paramjit’s compositions are a continuity of sorts or series created, that sidestep the danger of self-duplication. With both his realistic and his symbolic style, Singh's materials are delicate investigations of the prospects that lie past the metropolitan world that encompasses us; past the commotions and sounds and roads loaded with vehicles. Singh's specialty is critical in its production of a space for itself, and of a stylish shelter for its watchers.
Paramjit Singh, Untitled; 2018, Oil on Canvas, 24 x 36 in
Paramjit Singh, Untitled, 2018, Oil on Canvas, 36 x 24 inches
Paramjit Singh, Untitled, 2018, Oil on Canvas, 24 X 36in
Paramjit Singh, Untitled, 2018, Oil on Canvas, 24 x 36 inches
Paramjit Singh, Untitled, 2006, charcoal crayon on paper, 16.5 x 23in
Paramjit Singh, Untitled, 2013, oil on canvas, 36 x 30in
Paramjit Singh, Untitled, 2018, Oil on Canvas, 24 x 24in
Paramjit Singh, Untitled, 1987, oil on canvas, 33 x 29in
Paramjit Singh, Untitled, 1973, mixed media on canvas, 41.5 x 33in
Paramjit Singh, 8 Trees, 2007, etching on paper, 22 x 30in