Prem Singh Solo Exhibition in New Delhi August 9-19/11

Prem Singh Solo Show
Scheduled between
9 & 19 August, 2011
At Shridharani Gallery
Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi


All That Shines
Right from my childhood I was fascinated by the shining and sparkling things around. Embroidery done in zari, tilla, gotta-kinnãri, salma-sitãré added joy to the soul. A woman laden with jewellery held a special charm to me. Playing with the golden and silver sheets of paper was a pleasure. Decorating the walls with the painting of flowers and leaves in gold and silver was a passion for me. The use of such metallic colours on clay toys was a common phenomenon. The spirit of our fairs, festivals, customs and ceremonies glow through this. Shining gumbads and kalash of gurdwaras and mandirs reminded me of the divinely powers. Palaces embellished with gold and silver denuded royal charm and grandeur. In all such manifestations the only purpose that we see is that of decoration.

Art awakened in me at an early age. This inspired me to have a closer look on the works of art created in the East and the West over the centuries. Gold leafs or its ghot were used by Indian artists for painting of mukats, ornaments, garments, borders etc. in the art of miniature painting. Most of this art was produced under the patronage of Rajas and Maharajas so due consideration was accorded to their taste and liking.

The advent of modern era brought with it a new thinking which led to individual freedom. This newly acquired autonomy culminated into a new sensibility and gave the modern period a distinct identity. Though this autonomy was opposed by the then conventional thinking yet it could not stop the surge of creativity. The works of modern art though seen in ornamental frames in earlier times did reflect on the traditional mentality but it soon disappeared. Here in India the use of gold and silver in our Mughal, Rajput and Pahari kalam was very realistic.

All this made me think about the use of gold, silver, copper and bronze beyond its conventional use and explore the tremendous possibilities hidden in these colours. This was also a part of my nature and also in my desire. Moreover the inspiration of my art lies in nature and its eternal music. While enjoying this eternal music I approach my canvas to sing my song on it. The whiteness of the canvas is scary to me. To ward off the scariness I fill up the canvas with just one colour. That colour could be any. In the process I discover in the web of my brush strokes a new rhythm lying beneath them. In such a vast array of strokes I record or register or compose by outlining them with charcoal. Soon my canvas wears a web of different tunes and tones.

In my new canvases the viewer would find the play of colours – gold, silver, copper, bronze and pearl – in as varied a manner as possible. Like the shine of the sun and the moonlit change the day and night into a spectrum of different emotions and feelings thus evoking a special mood, colour and music to each one of them. I try to evoke the same through the shine and sparkle of my colours. An organic feel of the silent activity of nature, intensive chirping of the birds in the low light of morning and evening, the transcendental music of light – all this and much more is an integral part of my creative quest. Light plays in my painting. And in this play the changing tones, textures, hues and shades create a Rãgamala of its own. And in the shine and sparkle of this visual Rãgamala I not only experience my childhood but also the realisation of my own growth.
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Punjabi Artists and Photographers at Uddari Art

Uddari Art Exhibition, the blog, began August 23rd with Shahid Mirza’s ‘kala Mainda Bhes’; and, in just over three months we already have the pleasure of viewing the work of over fifteen professional painters and photographers of Punjabi origin.

From Lahore, Chandigarh, New Delhi, London and Wales, our artists offer us unique styles, diverse forms and individual perspectives. The Creators deliver us our Punjab in images of color, and black and white; in paint and photography. Real and the unreal; pleasures and pain.
1. Kanwal Dhaliwal
2. Ayesha Farooq
3. Satish Gujral
4. Navpreet Kaur
5. Pran Nath Mago
6. Shahid Mirza
7. Sidharth
8. SL Parasher
9. Iqbal Rasheed
10. Prem Singh
1. Amarjit Chandan
2. Marek Jakubowski
3. Diwan Manna
4. Subhash Parihar
5. Gurvinder Singh
6. Prem Singh

View works displayed in the following themes:
– Modern Art by Punjabis
– City Spirit: Shahr Aatma
– Partition: The Punjab 1947
– Punjab Landscape
– People Punjab: Portraits and Groups
– Windows, Doors and Dwellings

Fauzia Rafique

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Hamraz Ahsan’s Poem, Diwan Manna’s Photo Art, Cultural Events

Read Punjabi poem ‘Kaal’ Famine by London-based Poet/Columnist Hamraz Ahsan in Punjabi Poems.

Uddari Art presents Diwan Manna’s photos in Modern Art by Punjabis.

Cultural Events Page at Uddari has information on SADA-E SARHAD (Music from across the border), New Delhi, Sept 1-2, a book launch Nirlajj Relase in Vancouver, Sep 6/08, an art exhibition launch ‘The Punjab: Moving Journeys’, London, Sept 9–Nov 27, and a VASL initiative the South Asian Project, Six Degrees Of Separation Exhibition and OddSpaces Project, 4-20 09/08.

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