Singh was born in Rajasthan, and received
his M.A. in drawing and painting from Udaipur
University in 1982. He has a fascination
for antiquity. The subject matter may be
old-fashioned, but the treatment is novel.
His work is very much keeping in tune with
times. Through his paintings, he pays tribute
to our cultural tradition that, he believes,
can never be outdated. Blending the past
with the present and striking a right balance
in the process has helped him in establishing
work, fellow painter F.
N. Souza has commented "His paintings are
very compact; there's a lot in them: figures,
forms, and mythological content. Very colourful
are carefully constructed; there's craftsmanship
in his work, and skill. Sort of magic mantras
and omens appear mysteriously in Rameshwar's paintings.
His main source of inspiration
is ancient scriptures, architecture and obviously
his own state, Rajasthan, which is rich with art
traditions. Old calligraphy, scripts and architecture
also seize his mind. These frequently appear in
his work. Artifacts like vessels, music instruments,
games, toys and prints that speak so much of our
rich tradition have a pulsating effect on him.
He paints for deriving aesthetic pleasure. His
work is neither a statement on anything nor it
means to fight any notions or traditions. There
are bodies halved into the shapes of human and
animal. Strange objects fly around. An antique
Roman clock invariably features somewhere. Everything
seems like having been caught in a time warp.
A true communication or communion is on between
one colour and another, between object and subject
and things and thoughts.
Critic Umesh Verma has
written, "Singh is a virile painter from Rajasthan.
Calligraphic textures and through inner alchemic
processing he creates highly decorative folkishly
sweet objects and paintings. His process is more
or less scientific and has obvious overtones of
Rajasthan. Sweetness and mirage are the reason
for the essence of his visuals. He invokes poetic-Lingo."
His canvasses are textured and layered over and
over. Perhaps he hates leaving any empty space
on canvass and embellishes and decorates every
object. He profusely uses different scriptures
like Arabic, Persian, Urdu and even English. The
couplets used don't make any statement. They on
their own don't represent anything, but he does
not use the symbols for the heck of it. To decipher
them, they need to be viewed in totality, keeping
in mind the objects painted. Otherwise, they are
there for purely decorative purpose. A line with
a shadow, cutting across the canvass, gives a
sense of perspective to the painting. The concept
is similar to one employed in old scrolled miniatures.
Lines make a viewer stop and ponder; line-break
the monotony and depth. Medium is not a barrier
In the paintings with a mythological theme, he
depicts different forms of Lord Ganesha, Lord
Krishna, Goddess Durga and the Sun God. Art
critic Keshav Malik, who has reviewed his work
from early days, writes, "Singh's apparitions
from the cultural past cause nostalgia in viewers.
This same dreamscape brims with the personae of
charming figments, of birds, fish, beast and humans,
of objects from both past and present. Here there
are motifs from the foregoing Rajasthani painting
as well as images of mundane objects of the day.
All these have blended thoroughly." Malik adds,
"No feel of over-crowding or of congestion. The
ecology of his compositions, in other words, is
just right; it suggests the interdependence of
each on all, and of live and let live. This at
least was the earlier Indian cultural methodology."
In an interview, he told that
he does not always go by set patterns. Some of
his paintings extend to or beyond the frame. He
started with abstract before slowly switching
to figurative. May be, he has now come a full
circle as he again feels like doing abstract.
While concerning about declining art traditions,
he feels that puppetry, folk dances, scroll painting,
tattoo, etc belong to the rich art tradition.
If no attention is provided to their revival,
these will simply vanish.
- National L.K.A. Exhibition 1983, 1984,
1986, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1996, New
- AIFACS 1983 to 1995 New Delhi.
- Rajasthan State L.K.A. Exhibition 1982 to 1997 Jaipur.
- Bharat Bhawan International Biennial of Print, 1987, 1991 Bhopal.
- Diamond Jubilee AIFACS, New Delhi.
- Centenary Year Bombay Art Society, Mumbai.
- Rajasthan Lalit Kala Academy, Jaipur.
- Silver Jubilee, Lalit Kala Akademy, Bhuvaneshwar.
- Apana Utsav, 1986 New Delhi.
- CITY ART UTSAV, celebrated by City Bank, India, 90 Years, 1992, Mumbai.
- International Art Show “Tokyo” 1983 Japan.
- International Art Exhibition organized by WLRA World Congress & UNESCO 1993,Jaipur.
- Kala Mela organized by R.L.K.A. 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998,Jaipur.
- India Heritage Centre, Washington 2000.
- 11th Asian Art Biennial Dhaka (Bangladesh),2004.
- Golden Jubilee Celebration of Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi 2004.
Camps organized by Rajasthan Lalit Kala Akademy, Aaj Group, Tulika Kalakar Parishad, South Central Zone Cultural Centre, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur, West Zone Cultural Centre, Udaipur, North Central Zone Cultural Centre, Allahabad, International Workshop by Lalit Kala Akademy, New Delhi on the occasion of 10th Triennale-India at Chennai, 2001, AIFACS 2002 at New Delhi, Mayo College Ajmer 2003, Sanskrit Academy, Jaipur in 2004, Juneja Art Gallery, Jaipur in 2005, Urusvati & ONGC, Mumbai in 2005, National Artists' Camp by Lalit Kala Akademy & South Culture Center, Thanjavar, Ooty in 2006 and The Grand Laxmi Vilas Palace art camp, Udaipur in 2006.
One Man Shows
- AIFACS, New Delhi, 1982
- Information Centre, Udaipur, 1983
- Contemporary Art Gallery, Ahmedabad, 1983
- Art Gallery, School of Arts, Jaipur, 1984
- Art Gallery, Faculty and Fine Art, Baroda, 1984
- Shridharani Art Gallery, New Delhi 1984, 1991, 2000,2003, 2005
- Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai,1985,1994, 1998, 2000, 2006
- Dhoomimal Art Centre, New Delhi 1986
- Chitrakoot Art Gallery, Calcutta, 1987, 1989, 1994, 2003
- Bajaj Art Gallery, Mumbai, 1986, 1990
- Chetana Art Gallery, Mumbai, 1987
- Taj Art Gallery, Mumbai, 1987, 1991, 1994, 2002
- Gallery Aurobido, New Delhi 1989, 1991, 1994
- Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur 1993, 1998, 2001, 2006
- Welcome Gallery, Rajputana Palace Sheraton, Jaipur 1995, 2002, 2004
- Dhoomimal Gallery, New Delhi 1995, 1998, 2002, 2004
- Srishti Art Gallery, Lucknow, 1996
- Ravi Shankar Raval Bhawan, Ahmedabad ,1996
- Durga`s Art Gallery, Mumbai,1996
- Nehru Centre, Mumbai, 1997
- Son-et-Lumiere, Mumbai, 1999, 2003
- Westminster Art Gallery, Bangalore, 1999
- Jamaat, Mumbai, 2000
- ABC Gallery, Varanasi, 2001
- Gallery Jan Steen, Amsterdam, Holland, 2001
- Department of Fine Arts, Chandigarh ,2002
- Daffodils Art Gallery, The Grand Hyatt, New Delhi ,2003
- Ta BLU Café Gallery Bar, Clarks Amer, Jaipur, 2004
- Crimson-the art resources, Bangalore, 2005
Awards and Honours
- National Award, Lalit Kala Akademy, New Delhi, 1984
- Rajasthan Lalit Kala Akademy, Jaipur 1995
- Bombay Art Society 1985, 1987
- U.P. State Lalit Kala Akademy Lucknow, 1984
- The Indian Akademy of Fine Art, Amritsar, 1983, 1987, 1990
- Hyderabad Art Society, Hyderabad, 1984
- Ankan kala parishad,Bhilwara,2004
- Tulika Kalakar Parishad, Udaipur, 1977, 1980
- A.P. Council of Artists, Hyderabad, 1984
- Mahakaushal Kala Parishad, Raipur, 1984, 1990
- Oriental Art Society, Calcutta, 1985
- Karnataka Chitrakala Parishad, Bangalore, 1985
- Creators, Ambala Cantt., 1985, 1990
- Bharatha Kala Parishad, Hyderabad, 1988
- South Central Zone Culture Centre, Nagpur, 1990
- Banaras Artists Association, Banaras, 1992
- 1st Indian Drawing Biennial, The Solids Chandigarh, 1992
- Research Scholarship, National Lalit Kala Akademy, New Delhi, 1986
- All India Art Biennial of Rajasthan, Jaipur, 1997
- All Indian Art Biennial of Rajasthan, Jaipur 2000
- Nagridas kala sansthan, Kishangarh, Ajmer,2000
- Honour by His Excellency The Governor of Tamil Nadu, 2006
National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, Lalit Kala Akademy, New Delhi, Sahitya Kala Parishad, New Delhi, College of Art, New Delhi, Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi, Great Eastern Shipping Corporation, Mumbai, Modern Art Gallery, Jaipur, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur, Pesticides (India) Limited, Udaipur, West Zone Cultural Centre, Udaipur, Chandigarh Museum, Chandigarh, Air India, Mumbai, South Zone Cultural Centre, Thanjavur, South Central Zone Cultural Center, Nagpur, Galenbara Art Museum, Japan.
The World Trade Centre, Mumbai, Essar House, Mumbai, Dyanora Company, Mumbai, Dabur (India) Limited, New Delhi, Camlin Limited, Mumbai, Somani Fabrics, Jaipur, Mangalam Arts, Jaipur, Paras Kuhad & Associates, Jaipur, Mumbai, Surana Clinic, Jaipur, Anokhi, Jaipur, Gati Cargo, Sikanderabad, TCI Infrastructure Finance Ltd., Jaipur.
Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai, Ram Bagh Palace Hotel, Jaipur, Taj Mahal Hotel, Lucknow, The Cottage, Jaipur, Lake Palace Hotel, Udaipur, Hotel Trident, Jaipur, Hotel Clarks Amer, Jaipur, The Golecha, Ahmedabad.
Many other Government Buildings and private collections in India and abroad.
Netherlands, England, France.
48 paintings on Jain Muni Mantunga Acharya's BHAKTAMAR STOTRA, the classical Sanskrit poetry and characteristic prayer to the God Adinath.