Artist Tejbir Singh

 

As an architect by profession, Tejbir has been working with leading consultancies in Bahrain since 1998. Even as a child, he was always fond of doodling, sketching, drawing and painting. His teachers in school introduced him to oils at a very early age and have always encouraged him to paint. His introduction to watercolours started when he joined architecture college. However, apart from these mediums, he continues to dabble with pastels, charcoal and ink.

 

 

While nature has always been a major source of inspiration, in general my surroundings and environment are what really inspires me; for example a subject sitting inside an apartment, or a tyre print in the sand, or a footprint. The architect in me is also drawn towards the inherent and somewhat mysterious beauty of buildings, be it historical monuments of India or the more modern and contemporary buildings of Bahrain. During the last couple of years, as a result of certain architectural projects in Muharraq, I have been drawn even more towards the heritage of this island, and have tried to capture them in a series of pen and ink drawings (a medium I use extensively in architectural presentations), with touches of colour (watercolours, pastels). These works titled: The Streets of Muharraq, feature the hustle and bustle of the narrow street scenes with focus on the heritage buildings and mosques, which are an integral part of the local community. Some of my work also features night scenes, with the somewhat mysterious play of light and shadow, and scenes featuring the fascinating co-existence and juxtaposition of the traditional with the modern, the old and the new, indicating the passage of time within the same view. In general, much of my work has a lot of detail.

 

The current body of work I am working on is titled: Urban Landscapes - landscapes that surrounds a city dweller's life which comprises primarily of tall modern buildings, roads, highways, traffic signals and the car, and one of my works from this series titled, Rest at Piccadilly was selected as one of the 10 finalists for the ARTBOX annual exhibition at Stricoff Gallery, New York.

 

Biography:

 

  • From 1972, Best Artist in school award ('72) and various exhibitions of the Punjab Lalit Kala Akademi (set up to promote and preserve the visual arts) in Chandigarh, India.
  • In 1990, first solo exhibition at AIFFACS art gallery in New Delhi.
  • In 1990, a painting depicting the unity of all religions was selected for exhibition at the annual conference of World Council for Religions in San Francisco, USA.
  • In 1999, my first solo exhibition at Ideas Gallery, in Adliya, and in 2002 an exhibition featuring Bahraini landscapes in watercolours at the same venue.
  • In 2007, a solo exhibition of mixed works at Lina’s café, Manama.
  • In 2008, a solo exhibition at Alliance Francaise, focusing on the architectural heritage of the island.
  • In 2014, participated in the Al Aali Mall Art Festival, and a one-man show at the Souk gallery in Bab Al Bahrain.
  • From October 2014 to November 2014, participated in group art exhibition at One Touch Gallery.
  • September 2015, participated in Malja Art Gallery's annual art exhibition.
  • October 2015 participated in a one-man show at One Touch Gallery titled Sporting Lines.
  • January 2016, 1st annual Best Artists of 2015 exhibition at Malja Art Gallery.
  • May 2016,  2nd annual art exhibition at Malja Art Gallery.
  • April/May 2017, featured in the directory listing of Aesthetica magazine.
  • April 2017, participated in New York art expo with ARTIFACT art gallery, New York.
  • November 2017, participated in Miami art expo, with ARTIFACT art gallery, New York.
  • March 2018, selected as one of the ten finalists for ARTBOX exhibition, New York.

 

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Tejbir Singh
Tel: + 973 3929 1632
E-mail : tejbirsingh25@gmail.com
W: www.tejbir.artspan.com
Facebook: @tejbir.singh.9275
Instagram: @tejbirsingh25

 

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