ARPITA SINGH: Born 1937 in Bangladesh(West Bengal), Arpita Singh graduated from the College of Art, New Delhi and worked as an Art Designer at the Weaver's Service Centres of Calcutta and Delhi. She has had numerous solo exhibitions, the most recent being held at the Foundation for Indian Artists in Amsterdam, 1993. She has contributed in many group exhibitions including the Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi (1977), Royal Academy of Arts, London (1982), Centre George Pompidou, Paris (1986), Halle de L'lle, Geneva (1987) and Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 91983). Arpita Singh lives and works in New Delhi.
She constantly seeks new experiences and changes. To define her style would be a hard task for it is ever changing, expanding to include all her experiences. The process of creation never ends in her works thus justifying the reason why she gives just a suggestion of a frame and never fully encloses her compositions. Her language consists of an endless dictionary taking inspiration from all around, but especially from textiles, embroidery and the rich surfaces of traditional folk paintings. There is always an element of chance in her works. Her colours are bold and vibrant and her works hold in them a strong element of subversion. With radical views her richly ornamented surfaces act as marks of female sexuality, which Arpita proclaims proudly. She is one of the most radical and prominent artists today, fascinating all with her unique ideas and idiom.
School of Art , Delhi Polytechnic.
All India Drawing Exhibition Award, Chandigarh ; Algeria Biennale.
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