Anjum Singh

Born 1967 in New Delhi, Anjum Singh has a BFA in Painting from Kala Bhavan, Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan, and an MFA in Painting from the College of Art in New Delhi. From 1992-94 she studied Painting and Printmaking at the Corcoran School of Art, Washington DC.

It was in America that she became more open to experimentation & started working in different mediums. Her kitchen is stacked with mineral water bottle crates each bottle promising total protection from germs and disease, as it wraps the fluid in plastic. Anjum uses both water and the packaging (the shield between an inner pure substance and the germ ridden outer world) as metaphors for a security blanket. Through these everyday symbols from metropolitan India, Anjum dwells upon the idea of purity versus pollution. In her paintings she uses mundane ordinary images that one is confronted with in our everyday life, a work titled as ‘Bumper to Bumper’ reminds us of nothing but a traffic jam , ‘Wormy Water” points out to the water pollution that still exists. Another work is titled as ‘Spit’ which the artist feels is very much Delhi. Lately the artist has been making constructions (cola bloom, petals of plastic) using objects which were used as images in her canvases before. They say that artists have method in their madness. The opposite is true of Anjum. While her state of mind does ‘SPILL’ over, she is a disciplined painter who paints each day till she decides that the work has acquired a finality. When Anjum returned to India, she gradually simplified the texture she used in her works, just using flat structures.

In 2002-03 she was awarded the Charles Wallace Trust Fellowship for a Residency at Gasworks Studios, London.

Recent solo exhibitions by the artist were held at Art Inc., New Delhi, and Talwar Gallery, New York, 2002; Sakshi Gallery, Bangalore, 2001; Gallery Chemould, Mumbai, 1999; Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, 1996; Foundry Gallery, Washington DC, 1993. 

Selected participations include 20x20, Gallery Chemould, Mumbai, 2003; Urban Graffiti, Woolf Gallery, London, 2003; Trans-Figuration (curated by Yashodhara Dalmia), India Habitat Center, New Delhi, 2002; Khoj International Artists’ Workshop, Modi Nagar, 2001; Edge of the Century (curated by Amit Mukhopadhyay), New Delhi, 1999; 7th International Cairo Biennale, Cairo, 1998; The Search Within, exhibition and symposium at Kloster Pernegg, Geras and Bildungshaus St. Virgil, Salzburg, Austria, and the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi and Mumbai, 1998-99; The Next Wave, Festival of young artists in Melbourne (curated by Louise Paramore), 1998; Gift for India, SAHMAT, New Delhi, 1997; and 6th Bharat Bhavan Biennale, Bhopal, 1996. 

She lives and works in New Delhi.

Artwork for Sale

Foot Path 1-6 (work of 6 panels)
by Anjum Singh

Size:

90 X 216 inches