Singh is one of the few women artists in Delhi who do not make a virtue of 'feminism' as
the only criterion for artistic achievement. Born in West Bengal in 1937, she had her art
education at the School of Art, Delhi, and the Delhi Polytechnic, 1954-59. Since the
beginning of her career Arpita has been assiduously learning the craft of painting in
rhythm with her absorption of modernist reductionism. Her native paintings are unlabored
particularly piquant m their comments on the 'space' of women and the girl child in the
society, and on the atrophied sensibilities of modern man vis-à-vis the growing violence
and social injustice. Arpita literally 'builds up' the painted surface, with. the same
patient facility both in oil and watercolor. The surface tension created by the short,
overlapping patches of pigments and tones is often transmitted to the surreal surprise
which arise out of the continuous synchronicity of domestic objects and flower vase and
aero plane, guns-, soldiers and killers hidden behind bushes in a park and men and women
oblivious of corpses strewn around. She thinks with her paintings.
Between 1973 and 1993, Arpita had 12 solo shows in New Delhi, Bombay,
Amsterdam and were in Germany. And in 34 years, from 1960 to 1994, she participated in 46
national and international group shows which included the Festival of India in London, at
the Royal Academy of Arts, 1982, Indo-Greek Cultural Festival in Athens and Delhi, 1984,
Five Indian Painters, in Istanbul, Ankara and Belgrade, in 1985, Festival of India
exhibition at George Pompidou Centre, Paris, in 1986, the Second Biennale, Havana, 1987,
Geneva: Coup de Coeur' Halle Sua, Switzerland, 1987. and in the same year the Algeria
Biennale, Contemporary Figurative Indian Art Kuwait in 1988, Sotheby's Exhibition and
Auction, New Delhi, 1992, 'India Songs' at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Sydney, in
1993, and 'Indian Encounters' in London in 1993.
She won awards in the All India Drawing Exhibition at Chandigarh in 1981
and 1992, and was awarded at the Algeria Biennial, Algeria, in 1987. In 199 1, the Sahitya
Kala Parishad, New Delhi, honored Arpita Singh with 'Parishad Samman' Her works are in the
collection of the National Gallery of Modem Art, New Delhi, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi,
Punjab University Museum, Chandigarh 'Roopankar" Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal, Chester
Herwitz Family Collection, USA, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and Times of India,
Arpita lives and works in New Delhi.
Oil in canvas
24" x 36"
Oil in canvas
24" x 36"
Girl in a floral dress
Water color on paper
42 x 29 cm
Red feminine tale
Acrylic on acrylic sheet