Rameshwar Singh

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Artist:
Rameshwar Singh
Studio Rameshwaram,
403 Rangoli Apartment
Devi Marg, Bani Park
Jaipur.
Phone: +91 0141 2208289


Profile of Mr. Rameshwar Singh

Rameshwar Singh was born on 5th February 1948 in Deogarh, a small town of Rajasthan (India) and did B.Sc. in 1980. He, however, had a fascination for antiquity and passion to paint or write so received Masters in Drawing & Painting from University of Udaipur in 1982. Initially, he started with abstracts but slowly shifted over to figurative works.

He never tried to copy of the works by others but developed his own style, which was appreciated a lot. He paints bold figures, bodies halved into the shapes of human, and animal, objects fly around. He hardly leaves any empty space on canvass but tries to decorate every object with calligraphic textures, inscribed in the form of recollected images, songs, and stories. He uses different scriptures; Arabic, Persian, Urdu, English, Sanskrit & Hindi. An antique Roman clock usually features in his paintings. Sometimes, he draws a line with a shadow, cutting across the canvass, which gives a sense of perspective to the painting. He has depicted different forms of Lord Ganesh, Krishna, Sun, Goddess Durga and Sasasvati. His canvas paintings are unique, vibrant and innovative.

His main source of inspiration is ancient scriptures, architecture and obviously his own state, Rajasthan, which is rich with art traditions. Old calligraphy, scripts and architecture also seize his mind. These frequently appear in his work. Artefacts like vessels, music instruments, games, toys and prints that speak so much of our rich tradition have a pulsating effect on him.

Thus, the subject matter of his paintings may be old-fashioned, but the treatment is novel. His work is very much keeping in tune with times. Once he said that through his paintings, he pays tribute to our cultural tradition that, he believes, can never be outdated. Blending the past with the present and striking a right balance in the process has helped him in establishing his identity.

About his work, fellow painter F. N. Souza has commented "His paintings are very compact; there's a lot in them: figures, forms, and mythological content. Very colourful too. The forms are carefully constructed; there's craftsmanship in his work, and skill. Sort of magic mantras and omens appear mysteriously in Rameshwar's paintings.

Critic Umesh Verma has written, "Singh is a virile painter from Rajasthan. Calligraphic textures and through inner alchemic processing he creates highly decorative folkishly sweet objects and paintings. His process is more or less scientific and has obvious overtones of Rajasthan. Sweetness and mirage are the reason for the essence of his visuals. He invokes poetic-Lingo."

Art critic Keshav Malik, who has reviewed his work from early days, writes, "Singh's apparitions from the cultural past cause nostalgia in viewers. This same dreamscape brims with the personae of charming figments, of birds, fish, beast and humans, of objects from both past and present. Here there are motifs from the foregoing Rajasthani painting as well as images of mundane objects of the day. All these have blended thoroughly." Malik further added that, "No feel of over-crowding or of congestion. The ecology of his compositions, in other words, is just right; it suggests the interdependence of each on all, and of live and let live. This at least was the earlier Indian cultural methodology."



Participations
National L.K.A. Exhibition 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1996, New Delhi.
AIFACS 1983 to 1995 New Delhi.
Rajasthan State L.K.A. Exhibition 1982 to 1997 Jaipur.
Bharat Bhawan International Biennial of Print, 1987, 1991 Bhopal.
Diamond Jubilee AIFACS, New Delhi.
Centenary Year Bombay Art Society, Mumbai.
Rajasthan Lalit Kala Academy, Jaipur.
Silver Jubilee, Lalit Kala Akademy, Bhuvaneshwar.
Apana Utsav, 1986 New Delhi.
CITY ART UTSAV, celebrated by City Bank, India, 90 Years, 1992, Mumbai.
International Art Show “Tokyo” 1983 Japan.
International Art Exhibition organized by WLRA World Congress & UNESCO 1993,Jaipur.
Kala Mela organized by R.L.K.A. 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998,Jaipur.
India Heritage Centre, Washington 2000.
11th Asian Art Biennial Dhaka (Bangladesh),2004.
Golden Jubilee Celebration of Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi 2004.


Camps

Camps organized by Rajasthan Lalit Kala Akademy, Aaj Group, Tulika Kalakar Parishad, South Central Zone Cultural Centre, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur, West Zone Cultural Centre, Udaipur, North Central Zone Cultural Centre, Allahabad, International Workshop by Lalit Kala Akademy, New Delhi on the occasion of 10th Triennale-India at Chennai, 2001, AIFACS 2002 at New Delhi, Mayo College Ajmer 2003, Sanskrit Academy, Jaipur in 2004, Juneja Art Gallery, Jaipur in 2005, Urusvati & ONGC, Mumbai in 2005, National Artists' Camp by Lalit Kala Akademy & South Culture Center, Thanjavar, Ooty in 2006 and The Grand Laxmi Vilas Palace art camp, Udaipur in 2006.



One Man Shows

He has done more than 60 solo shows, group shows all over the country. Some of them are:

AIFACS, New Delhi, 1982
Information Centre, Udaipur, 1983
Contemporary Art Gallery, Ahmedabad, 1983
Art Gallery, School of Arts, Jaipur, 1984
Art Gallery, Faculty and Fine Art, Baroda, 1984
Shridharani Art Gallery, New Delhi 1984, 1991, 2000,2003, 2005
Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai,1985,1994, 1998, 2000, 2006
Dhoomimal Art Centre, New Delhi 1986
Chitrakoot Art Gallery, Calcutta, 1987, 1989, 1994, 2003
Bajaj Art Gallery, Mumbai, 1986, 1990
Chetana Art Gallery, Mumbai, 1987
Taj Art Gallery, Mumbai, 1987, 1991, 1994, 2002
Gallery Aurobido, New Delhi 1989, 1991, 1994
Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur 1993, 1998, 2001, 2006
Welcome Gallery, Rajputana Palace Sheraton, Jaipur 1995, 2002, 2004
Dhoomimal Gallery, New Delhi 1995, 1998, 2002, 2004
Srishti Art Gallery, Lucknow, 1996
Ravi Shankar Raval Bhawan, Ahmedabad ,1996
Durga`s Art Gallery, Mumbai,1996
Nehru Centre, Mumbai, 1997
Son-et-Lumiere, Mumbai, 1999, 2003
Westminster Art Gallery, Bangalore, 1999
Jamaat, Mumbai, 2000
ABC Gallery, Varanasi, 2001
Gallery Jan Steen, Amsterdam, Holland, 2001
Department of Fine Arts, Chandigarh ,2002
Daffodils Art Gallery, The Grand Hyatt, New Delhi ,2003
Ta BLU Café Gallery Bar, Clarks Amer, Jaipur, 2004
Crimson-the art resources, Bangalore, 2005


Awards and Honours

National Award, Lalit Kala Akademy, New Delhi, 1984
Rajasthan Lalit Kala Akademy, Jaipur 1995
Bombay Art Society 1985, 1987
U.P. State Lalit Kala Akademy Lucknow, 1984
The Indian Akademy of Fine Art, Amritsar, 1983, 1987, 1990
Hyderabad Art Society, Hyderabad, 1984
Ankan kala parishad,Bhilwara,2004
Tulika Kalakar Parishad, Udaipur, 1977, 1980
A.P. Council of Artists, Hyderabad, 1984
Mahakaushal Kala Parishad, Raipur, 1984, 1990
Oriental Art Society, Calcutta, 1985
Karnataka Chitrakala Parishad, Bangalore, 1985
Creators, Ambala Cantt., 1985, 1990
Bharatha Kala Parishad, Hyderabad, 1988
South Central Zone Culture Centre, Nagpur, 1990
Banaras Artists Association, Banaras, 1992
1st Indian Drawing Biennial, The Solids Chandigarh, 1992
Research Scholarship, National Lalit Kala Akademy, New Delhi, 1986
All India Art Biennial of Rajasthan, Jaipur, 1997
All Indian Art Biennial of Rajasthan, Jaipur 2000
Nagridas kala sansthan, Kishangarh, Ajmer,2000
Honour by His Excellency The Governor of Tamil Nadu, 2006

Collections

National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, Lalit Kala Akademy, New Delhi, Sahitya Kala Parishad, New Delhi, College of Art, New Delhi, Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi, Great Eastern Shipping Corporation, Mumbai, Modern Art Gallery, Jaipur, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur, Pesticides (India) Limited, Udaipur, West Zone Cultural Centre, Udaipur, Chandigarh Museum, Chandigarh, Air India, Mumbai, South Zone Cultural Centre, Thanjavur, South Central Zone Cultural Center, Nagpur, Galenbara Art Museum, Japan.

The World Trade Centre, Mumbai, Essar House, Mumbai, Dyanora Company, Mumbai, Dabur (India) Limited, New Delhi, Camlin Limited, Mumbai, Somani Fabrics, Jaipur, Mangalam Arts, Jaipur, Paras Kuhad & Associates, Jaipur, Mumbai, Surana Clinic, Jaipur, Anokhi, Jaipur, Gati Cargo, Sikanderabad, TCI Infrastructure Finance Ltd., Jaipur.

Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai, Ram Bagh Palace Hotel, Jaipur, Taj Mahal Hotel, Lucknow, The Cottage, Jaipur, Lake Palace Hotel, Udaipur, Hotel Trident, Jaipur, Hotel Clarks Amer, Jaipur, The Golecha, Ahmedabad.

Many other Government Buildings and private collections in India and abroad.


Country visited
Netherlands, England, France.

 


 

 

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