Artful Images

The gallery of Punjab Kala Bhawan wears a new look and has a new name The Sobha Singh Art Gallery, dedicated to the painter from Punjab who is known for his work across the world. Singh's main focus was Sikh gurus, their life and work, especially Guru Nanak and Guru Gobind Singh. He also created busts of some eminent Punjabis such as MS Randhawa, Prithviraj Kapoor and Nirmal Chandra, and an incomplete head-study of Punjabi poet Amrita Pritam.

The first showcase in the gallery is the annual art exhibition of the Punjab Lalit Kala Akademi, which has on display paintings, photographs, sculptures and drawings by professional and amateur artists from all over Punjab. The repertoire of work is large, with sculptures being one of the highlights of the show.

Painter Kuldeep Singh's self-portrait and a Sikh portrait won him an award. The Sikh portrait depicts the deep-set lines on the face of an elderly man, who stares on. Randeep Kailta paints a clothes line and a boy sitting in contemplation and a rugged background dominates both the works. Upasana Bisht uses the broken and defunct bulb as a metaphor to depict The End. The symbol of a crow sitting near water, yet not drinking it, is an interesting work in mixed-media by Manoj Kumar, who titles it Pyaas, while Up in Smoke depicts a clown smoking his blues away. Spiritual Dedication is a sculpture in wood that is accentuated with one rupee coins, while the concept of family is depicted beautifully in metal. Jaspreet Singh uses a fuel canter to create a sculpture in fibre, as he creates a man on it, with "no fuel" written on the back. Sonali Mukesh's sculpture of Ganesh made with car parts, has won her an award and Amarbir Singh creates a door, a seed and flower to show the birth of an artist.

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