Inverting Tradition

Arpita Singh’s “Women”

She has been described as pushing the “visual lexicon of the middle-aged woman further than almost any other woman artist” and this month, her work is on display at London’s Grosvernor Gallery. 

Indian painter Arpita Singh’s works have been shown in galleries from Istanbul to Havana—Amsterdam to Tokyo. The New York Times has called her “remarkable” saying her approach is “at once unassuming and hard-worked, gauche and poised.”

Despite having pieces that sell for extraordinary sums of money, Singh remains humble and grounded. “Just as there will always be a set of people buying expensive jewellery, there will always be a group of people buying art,” she says.

Singh’s paintings offer thoughtful commentary on the space women occupy in today’s world. Her pieces are acutely political (“You are a part of society, so whether you like it or not, you are involved with the problems of the time. And willingly or unwillingly, you are involved in politics,” she has said.).

Arpita Singh, 70, received her training in India. She continues to live in Delhi, where she is said to paint every day in the second-floor studio of her home in Chitranjan Park

For more on the London exhibit, titled Indian Art Part II Inventing /Inverting Tradition, visit the Grosvenor Gallery online. Singh’s work will be on display tomorrow through January 14th.

December 14, 2006
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