Tuesday 15 June 2021

Lot 235

Premalya Singh (Indian, 1929-2017), Geet Govinda II, 1989, bronze sculpture, 53.3cm. high

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Lot 235

Premalya Singh (Indian, 1929-2017), Geet Govinda II, 1989, bronze sculpture, 53.3cm. high

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Estimate: £5,000 - £7,000

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Lot 235


Premalya Singh (Indian, 1929-2017), Geet Govinda II, 1989, bronze sculpture, 53.3cm. high


Provenance: Private London Collection acquired directly from the artist


The work is part of a series the artist did after reading a translation in Sanskrit of the 13th century poet Jaidev Ashtapadis, songs in eight parts describing the passionate love between Radha and Krishna.


Sculptor Premalya Singh was born in 1929, and lived and worked in New Delhi. Her bronze and terracotta sculptures evoke figurative traditions, yet are uncompromisingly spare and contemporary. Art critic Suneet Chopra has said her work "reminds one of that great breed of contemporary Indian sculptors from Ramkinkar Baij to Somenath Hore and Meera Mukherjee" (Metal and Clay, exhibition catalogue, Nov. 9-15th, 1994, Jehangir Art Gallery, Bombay, p. 2).


Even as a child in the North-West Frontier Province, Premalya was interested in art, especially sculpture. After Partition, she went to Kala Bhavan, Shanti Niketan, 1949-51, then studied in what is now the Delhi College of Art. She was fortunate to work under the guidance of some of Indias great modern masters, Nandlal Bose, Ramkinkar Baij, Dhanraj Bhagat, Sudhir Khastagir, BC Sanyal and Biren De.


Her work takes simple subjects drawn from life around her, such as boys at play, performers, pilgrims and just people. These beautiful studies are distinct individuals rather than types or symbols. Yet the figures are captured in moments of being joy, repose and utter self-forgetfulness that allow them to transcend time and place. Sometimes she draws her inspiration from classical Indian literature such as her series on Geet Govinda, the 12th century poem that celebrates the love of Krishna and Radha.



Singhs work is in collections at the National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi; Roopankar, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal; India Tobacco Company, New Delhi; Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi; Kumar Gallery New Delhi; Madhavan Art Gallery Kochi; Sakshi Gallery and at many other places across the world. She has been working at the Lalit Kala Studios, Garhi, since 1984.


Solo Exhibitions:


'Metal and Clay III 2010


- Gallery Romain Rolland, Alliance Francaise, New Delhi


'Moments of Being 2007


- GV Art, Bharat Vidya Bhavan, London


'Metal and Clay 1994


- Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai


'Bronzes and Terracottas, Metal and Clay 1990


- Inder Pasricha Gallery, The Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi


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