Retrospective Exhibition Of Legendary Artist J. P. Singhal
Launched open for public viewing At Jehangir Art Gallery, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai.
Legendary artist J. P. Singhal’s retrospective exhibition previewed on 22nd Dec, 2015, 5 pm in a gala event at Jehangir Art Gallery (Auditorium Hall), Kala Ghoda, Mumbai. It will be attended by numerous well known personalities & Celebrities in Film world & Art Fraternity in Mumbai. This show was open for public viewing from 22nd Dec to 28th Dec, 2015 at the above venue from 11 am to 7 pm. Attributed, “A Retrospective,” the exhibition showcases over one hundred original paintings & Photographs of the late J. P. Singhal, chronologically divided into six periods of his life. This event will render a rare opportunity to number of artists, actors, writers and art collectors to pay tribute to the Master also known as India’s Raja Ravi Verma of current era.
A national award winner and India’s highest selling artist across all forms, JP Singhal has painted over 2700 original works which were reproduced over 800 million times. “In his early phase my father was greatly influenced by the ‘wash technique’ in water colours used by the artists of the Bengal school and the flowing lines of Chugtai. This genre of art was very different from the contemporary style adopted by artists of that era,” says Dinesh Singhal, Director, J P Singhal foundation.
“With images that were realistic, distinct and clear, an overall look that was well-finished with soft, smooth and gentle controlled brush strokes, were his signature style paintings. Be it mythological themes, Indian beauties, film stars or rural folk, he evolved a style that was acclaimed by both the popular and critical audiences,” he adds.
The exhibition, ‘A Retrospective: J. P. Singhal’ displayed paintings from six decades of his career. The first section comprised of his works between 1950 and 1960. Devoted to the Meerut period, these works comprised of paintings done at the start of his career. The next section featured works done in Mumbai between 1960 and 1970 where he focused on mythological paintings and village beauties. The third section featured works between 1970 and 1990, comprising of works largely devoted to rural India. The fourth, fifth and sixth sections focused on his works from 1980 to 2000, 2000 to 2010 and 2005 to 2014. They focused on film industry related works and black & white photography; recreation of Ajanta & Ellora frescos; and sculptures and abstracts forms respectively.
“In the late seventies, enthralled by JP Singhal’s works on rural India, Raj Kapoor invited the former to concieve the look of Zeenat Aman for the film “Satyam Shivam Sundaram”. So enchanted was Bollywood with the refreshing feel which Singhalsaab introduced that an instant and long association was immediately forged. Through his camera and styling, he conceived the creative feel of several blockbuster movies like ‘Satyam Shivam Sundaram’, ‘Shaan’, ‘Mr.India’, ‘Henna’, ‘Tridev’, ‘Rocky’, ‘Border’, ‘Dil’, ‘Gadar-Ek Prem Katha’, ‘Hero’, ‘Betaab’ and over 150 other films,” says Pradeep Chandra, photographer and friend of J P Singhal for many years.
While working with his friend MF Husain on ‘Gajgamini’ and ‘Meenaxi’, he was drawn towards contemporary art. His curiosity about this new style made him reinvent as a contemporary artist. He nurtured his feeling by creating a series of paintings in modern art. In his own words, to satisfy and pamper the child (Shishu) inside him, he made an attempt to create this art and enjoyed at the fullest while doing so.
There were Two Prime Institutions of Art which were dear to J.P.Singhal – Sir J.J.School of Art and Applied Art and Jehangir Art Gallery. A ‘Retrospective’ was held in October 2015 in Sir J.J. Institute of Applied Arts and now by Public request at Jehangir Art Gallery in December 2015.
About J P Singhal: Born on 24th October 1934 in Meerut (U.P.), J P Singhal began painting at the age of ten. At around the age of twenty, his work got noticed in Dharmayug (a popular TOI publication of the time) leading to his first Calendar getting published, which also brought him to the city of Mumbai. Thereafter, he became a household name and no one could better him in fine art realistic paintings. His work included more than 2700 paintings and over 80 crore reproductions of the same on subjects varying from mythology to beauties, to day-to-day life scenes, children, street musicians, tribals, exotic botanical specimens, wildlife, famous temple sculptures, Ajanta and many others. He also played a pivotal role in the world of Hindi cinema as a prolific Portfolio Specialist, Concept Shoots pioneer and publicity designer and went on to design creatives for over 150 films. He also has published two Coffee Table books dedicated to some of his niche work that include photographs and paintings of Ajanta Ellora and Actresses of Hindi cinema.