Narendra Pal Singh New Delhi India
Born in Konandpur village in rural Bihar , the rustic lad had a carefree and joyous childhood playing around w...
AWARDS2005 - 5th Northern Region Award for Acrylic Painting (Professional Category by Camelin,) New Delhi. 1996 - Chicago Artist International Programme Award conferred by Chicago Government, USA
EXHIBITIONSSolo Shows: 2010 – Kyungsung University Art gallery, Busan, South Korea. 2002 – ‘The Quintessential Nayika’ at Montjaic Hall, Hospitalet, Barcelona, Spain FAVOURITE
GETTING TO KNOW Narendra Pal Singh
Born in Konandpur village in rural Bihar , the rustic lad had a carefree and joyous childhood playing around with friends in open green fields, swimming in the local stream and partaking of the community festivities not just as an observer but also an active player including as an actor in the annual Ramlila performances. It was a simple life lived to the full under the loving care of his parents, an older brother and 3 sisters. The trigger for the young boy’s fascination for art seems to have come from his father’s love for music and his mother’s talent in sujni, kantha and applique work that he watched her make. Though good at studies he preferred to draw in his school note books, and paint on walls, floor or whatever he could lay his hands on, readily accepting the thrashing that followed for doing so, by his teachers at school and the brother at home. The family’s insistence for him to take up what was then considered a more respectable and lucrative course in engineering as a profession finally got defeated when he managed to gain admission to the art college at Patna after three unsuccessful attempts. Once on the right track of his choice there has been no looking back for the artist who enjoyed his 3 years of studying and playing around with art- in colour and form, managing to sell his first painting while still at college in the late 80’s. Given the limited opportunity for creative art work in his home state of Bihar , the artist moved to greener pastures in Delhi after finishing his studies at the art college, to earn a living for himself and his family. However he has stayed strongly rooted and connected with his family and village that continue to vibrate and run through his art. Visiting there frequently, he makes sure to be there for the Dusshera and Holi festivities when his folk wait to see him perform on the stage every year. Just as a building stands on its foundations and a tree can’t bloom without its roots, my ‘Sanskar’ and inspiration is in my village and I am nothing without that- declares the artist, whose wife and two young children continue to live in the village, drawing him back to his roots every now and then.
EDUCATION1989 B.F.A in Paintings, College of Arts & Craft P.U, ( Patna University ) (BIHAR)
2010 – ‘Escape’ music & Arts event by POTHEADS at the Lake Resort, Naukuchiatal, Uttarakhand
2009 – All India Painters Camp by ITM(Institute of Technology and Management), Gwalior, (M.P)
2006 – Ram Kinkar Baij birth anniversary 2007 by L.K.A, Bhubneshwar.
2006 – Artists camp at BUDDHA Mahotsav, Bodhgaya by Ministry of Culture, Bihar.
2005 – BICE Painters Camp, New Delhi. 2000 – All India Painters Camp at Pathrad, M.P.
1999 – All India Painters Camp by Kalavrat Nyas, Ujjain, M.P.
1998 – Painter & Sculptors Camp, Surajkund, Faridabad by N.Z.C.C. and Department of Tourism, Government of Haryana, Chandigarh.
1997 – All India Painters Camp at Kud by J & K State Cultural Academy.
1993 – All India Painters Camp at Mayo College, Ajmer, Rajasthan by Gallery Ganesha.
1993 – All India Painters Camp at Chennai Museum by East Zone Cultural Centre.
1992 – All India Painters Camp at National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie by North Central Zone Cultural Centre, Allahabad.
1991 – All India Multi-media Artists Camp at Patni Top by T.C.C.A., J & K.
One Man Shows
2010 – Kyungsung University Art gallery, Busan, South Korea.
2006 – ‘Panchtattva’, Gallerie Alternatives, Gurgaon.
2006 – ‘Panchtattva’, Shridharani Gallery, New Delhi by Gallerie Alternatives.
2005 – ‘Ek Po Aur Ganga’, the Festival of India at Guastalla, Italy
2004 – ‘Drishtikon’, painting exhibition at Gallerie Alternatives, Gurgaon
2003 – ‘Looking Glass’ Centre for Excellence, Jamshedpur, (sponsored by Tata Steel)
2002 – ‘The Quintessential Nayika’ at Montjaic Hall, Hospitalet, Barcelona, Spain
2002 – ‘The Quintessential Nayika’ at The Tagore Center, Embassy of India, Berlin, Germany
2001 – ‘Looking Glass’, Shridharani Gallery sponsored by Kumar Gallery
2000 – ‘Colours of Being’, sponsored by Kumar Gallery, New Delhi
2000 – ‘The Clown’, l Am Gallery, New Delhi
1999 – ‘Colours of Being’, Shridharani Gallery
1998 – Exhibition at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
1997 – ‘Unending Tales’, Gallery Espace, New Delhi
1996 – ‘Kaliedoscope’, Sanskriti Art Gallery, Kolkatta
1996 – Circa Art Gallery, Chicago, USA
1995 – ‘LA DOLCE VITA’, sponsored by Gallery Espace, New Delhi
1993 – ‘The Clown’, exhibition at Gallery Espace, New Delhi
1992 – Exhibition at Gallery Ganesha, New Delhi
1992 – Exhibition at Jagat Centre for Art & Culture, Patna sponsored by ITC, Calcutta
1990-91 – Exhibitions at Shridharani Art Gallery, New Delhi
1989 – Exhibition at Gandhi Sanghralaya Museum, Patna.
Major Participations & Group Shows
2010 – Contemporary Painting Exhibition by 9 artists from India and Korea At Kyungsung Art Centre, Busan, South Korea.
2009 – ‘Collective Intent -IV’ at Visual Art gallery,India Habitat Centre presented by Gallerie Alternatives
2008 – Art Summit at Pragati Maidan New Delhi presented by Gallerie Alternatives,
2007 – ‘Collective Intent -III’ at Visual Art gallery, India Habitat Centre presented by Gallerie Alternatives
2001 – Organized by India Habitat Centre for Gujarat Victims.
2000 – ‘Viewing Points’ at Shridharani Gallery, New Delhi.
1996 – All India Biennale by Bharat Bhawan, Bhopal, M.P.
1995,97 – All India Painting Exhibition by AIFACS, New Delhi.
1992 – All India Drawing Exhibition by AIFACS, New Delhi.
Many other participations: in India and abroad:
2009 – Panel Discussion on Modern Art by Lalit Kala Academy at College of Art & Crafts Patna, Bihar
2018 - CAF contest judging committee Jury panel for the Kokuyo Camlin Limited. The Camel Art Foundation, New Delhi.
2017 - Jury panel/selection committee for the CEC-UGC video competition
2015-16 - Consortium for Educational Communication, IUAC Campus, New Delhi.
2016 - Chief Judge of Panel at ECA admissions in JESUS & MARY College University of Delhi.
2015 - Chief judge of Panel at ECA admissions in Daulat Ram College, University of Delhi.
2014 - Chief judge of Panel at ECA admissions in Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi.
2013 - Chief judge of Panel at ECA admissions in Sri Venkateswara College
1993-94 – Chief Co-Ordinator Visual Art for North Central Zone – Cultural Centre (N.C.Z.C.C.), Allahabad
1994-97 – Chief Co-Ordinator Visual Art Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti, New Delhi
– Member of Panel for judging All India Poster
– Competition by Literacy Mission, New Delhi
– Member of Panel for judging All India Painting
– Exhibition by Cameline, New Delhi
2015-16 - ‘RADHA MOHAN’ Award for Senior Artist( Paintings) by Culture, Youth & Sports Ministry, Bihar
2005 – 5th Northern Region Award for Acrylic Painting (Professional Category by Cameline,) New Delhi.
1998 – All India Drawings, All India Fine Arts and Cultural Society (AIFACS), New Delhi
1996 – Chicago Artist International Programme Award conferred by Chicago Government, USA
1995-97 – Junior Fellowship by the Department of Culture Government of India
1992-93 – Research grant for Painting by Lalit Kala Akademi (Indian Akademi for Arts), New Delhi
1992 – Bihar Shree by Bihar Young Journalists Association for Painting, Patna, Bihar