Biographical Sketch : PREM SINGH



All through his life in art, Prem Singh has always gone back to nature,
not for fresh pictorial idioms only, but to trace the Unmanifest beyond the world of senses.
The paradox that his paintings present to us is that it is only through the sense
perception of the familiar that we get intimations of the Unmanifest.


- Santo Datta, Art Critic, New Delhi, India

Born on 15 April, 1943 at Patiala in Punjab, India
Former Principal, Government College of Art, Chandigarh
Ex-Member, Advisory Committee, National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi
Ex-Member, General Council, National Academy of Art, New Delhi
Ex-Member, General Council, North Zone Cultural Centre, Patiala


First Class First Five Year Diploma in Art, Government College of Art, Chandigarh 1962-1967
M.A.Fine Arts, Gold Medallist, Punjabi University, Patiala. 1975

Selected Solo Exhibitions

Taj Art Gallery, Bombay 1974, 79, 81,83,87,89
Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi 1979, 82, 84
Museum of Fine Arts, Panjab University, Chandigarh 1982, 94, 2001
Academy of Fine Arts Calcutta 1985
Contemporary Art Gallery, Ahmedabad, 1985
Silpi Chakra, New Delhi, 1989
Gallery Aurobindo, New Delhi 1989
LTG Art Gallery, New Delhi 1992, 95
Art Space, Citibank Gold, Chandigarh 2004
Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, 2005


Printmaking Workshop conducted by American Printmaker Carol Summers,
USICA, Chandigarh 1978
Silk Screen Workshop conducted by British Artists Bob Linney and Ken
Meharg, New Delhi
SAARC Painters Camp, Kufri, Shimla, NGMA, New Delhi 1989
Surajkund Painters Camp 1998
International Sculptors Camp, Co-ordinator & participant, LKA, New
Delhi, Chandigarh, 2001
Senior Artists Camp, AIFACS, New Delhi 2002, 2003, 2004,2005,2006
Painters Camp, Hyderabad, organised by Centre for Cellular and
Molecular Biology, Hyderabad 2006
National Painters Camp, ITM Universe, Gwalior, 2006


Triennale India International Award 1994
The Saatchi Gallery London Your Studio Award 2007


Jury, 42nd National Exhibition of Art, LKA, New Delhi 2001
Commissioner, Eleventh Triennale India 2005, LKA, New Delhi 2003
Commissioner/Curator, Art India, Sri Lanka 2006


National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi
Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi
State Museum Madras,Tamil Nadu
Government Museum, Chandigarh,
Museum of Fine Arts, Panjab University, Chandigarh,
Fine Arts Museum, Punjab, Punjabi University, Patiala, Punjab
College of Art, New Delhi,
All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society, New Delhi,
Sahitya Kala Parishad, New Delhi
Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
ITM Universe, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh
Punjab Lalit Kala Akademi, Chandigarh
Rajasthan Lalit Kala Akademi, Jaipur, Rajasthan
Rashtriya Lalit Kala Kendra, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
Rashtriya Lalit Kala Kendra, Garhi, New Delhi
Punjab Raj Bhavan, Chandigarh
Punjab Heritage Society, Jalandhar, Punjab
and many more in public and private collections in India and abroad

Selected Group Exhibitions

National Exhibition of Art, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
Indian Contemporary Art Exhibition, LKA, New Delhi in Cuba and Mexico 1985
Art and Life-an Exhibition curated by Krishna Chaitanya, LKA, New Delhi 1985
Asian Art Biennale, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 1989, 2004
Nature and Environment, a special exhibition, LKA, New Delhi 1989
Exhibition of the Works of Art painted in the SAARC PAINTERS CAMP by artists from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sikkim, Maldives and India Held At the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi 1989
BAZAAR 90 – an exhibition of the works of art by artists of Fame and Promise mounted by Gallery Chanakya, LKA Galleries, New Delhi, 1990
The Downtrodden and We – an exhibition of art organized in commemoration of Dr. B.R.Ambedkar’s Centenary by LKA, New Delhi, 1991
KAAL KRITTI – an exhibition of the works of art by Indian Contemporary Artists organized by LKA, New Delhi, on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee Celebration of QUIT INDIA Movement, 1992
Artists Alert, an exhibition organized by SAHMAT, New Delhi 1989
Hundred Years : From the NGMA Collection ( 1890 –1990 ), curated by Geeta Kapoor, NGMA
Galleries, New Delhi, 1994
Eighth Triennale India - an Exhibition of World Contemporary Art, LKA,
New Delhi, 1994
Five Artists from the Punjab, curated by Tony Phillips, Rawley House
Museum, U.K.1997
Display and Sale of of art works contributed by Indian Contemporary Artists organized by SAHMAT to raise funds for relief and rehabilitation of the victims of Genocide in the Land of Mahatma Gandhi (Gujarat). New Delhi, 2002
Half a Foot Square – an exhibition of Indian Contemporary Art in miniature format devised/curated by Dhoomi Mal Art Centre, New Delhi, 2002
Ravi Jain Memorial Art Exhibition, Dhoomi Mal Art Gallery, New Delhi 2002, 2003,2005
Hastakhsar – an exhibition of drawings registered by Delhi Artists to mark their solidarity against terrorism, held at Matti Ghar, Indira Gandhi national Centre for the Arts, New Delhi, 2002
2003 India - Korea Contemporary Art Exhibition, Seoul, 2003 and New Delhi 2005
Art and Soul 2003 – an exhibition of the works of art by artists working for the cause of orphaned, abandoned & abused children, organised by Udayan Care at the Academy of Arts and Literature, New Delhi, 2003
Second Indian Art Exhibition in Miniature Format by Sidharatha Group at Garhi art Gallery, New Delhi, 2003
Punjabi Artists Exhibition organized by National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi at Patiala Heritage Festival, Patiala, 2003
Earth Day and Prof. B.C.Sanyal Birthday – a tribute exhibition of drawings by well known artists organized by Open Space, Garhi art Gallery, New Delhi, 2003
VYAKT – an exhibition of the works of art by 35 eminent Delhi Artists, curated by Ritu Dimri at its Gallery Vyakt, New Delhi, 2003
KITE – A Celebration of Freedom, an exclusive art exhibition mounted jointly by Dhoomi Mal art Centre and India Habitat Centre, Open Palm Court Gallery, New Delhi 2003
Old and Contemporary Paintings by Master Indian Artists, Aryan Art Gallery, New Delhi, 2003
Art Access Week organized by Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Mumbai, 2003
Indian Contemporary art Exhibition curated by Mridula Kumar of Absolute art Gallery, Gurgaon, 2003
The Making of India – a special exhibition curated by SAHMAT held at the School of Art and Aesthetics, Nehru University, New Delhi, 2004
Group Show ( Niren Sen Gupta, Paramjeet Singh, Prem Singh ), gallery art Forum, New Delhi, 2004
Swaran-Rekha, Triennale and National Awardees Show, Lalit Kala
Akademi, New Delhi 2004
Art for Vision, Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai, LKA Galleries, New Delhi 2004
Indian Contemporary Art Exhibition, Yugoslavia, LKA, New Delhi, 2004
Colors – 2005, Artland Gallery, Mumbai, 2005
SPANDAN, Articulate, Birla Life Style, Mumbai, 2006
Spirit & Soul's Festival - 15th Korea-India Modern Art Exchange
Exhibition. LKA,New Delhi 2006
11th Harmony art Show, Reliance Communications, Mumbai 2006
Art For Concern - an exhibition of Indian Contemporary Art, The
Oberoi, New Delhi, organised by Concern Foundation India 2006

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