Unveiling New Painting by The Singh Twins

Posted: May 17, 2012 - 09:10 , by Deepali Dewan

Artist Talk on Saturday May 19th at 2pm. Free with museum admission. Seating is a on a first come basis!

UK-based contemporary artists, The Singh Twins, will be spending Victoria Day weekend in Toronto to unveil their newest creation, a painting on the theme of the Sikh Diaspora in Canada.

In 2006, the ROM commissioned them to produce a painting on the Sikh Diaspora in Canada. It was completed in 2010 and is now in the ROM’s permanent collection. Sikhs in Canada is an amazing painting with lots of details reflecting the historical and cultural evolution of the Sikh community.

Photographic portrait of The Singh Twins, twin sisters, against printed blue fabric background

“The Singh Twins” are twin sisters Amrit and Rabindra Kaur Singh who paint in a style that combines traditional Indian painting and contemporary content. They call it their “Past-Modern” style (a play on the term “post-modern”). Some of their other work explores life in the Sikh community in the UK from the perspective of their personal experience.

Detail of painting showing turbaned lumber workers and group of women and children taken from black and white archival photograph, against backdrop of mountains, ocean with liner, Toronto City Hall and CN tower

Some of the details in Sikhs in Canada show early migrants who worked on the railroad or in the lumber industry.

detail of painting showing turbaned mountie in red coat and black and white Sikh figures from archival photos

There are also contemporary people, such as the first turbaned Sikh officer in the RCMP and the 100-year old marathon runner.

There is even the CN Tower and the ROM featured in the work!

Now don’t you want to see the whole thing??!

The painting will be on display Friday, May 18 through Monday, May 21 only at the ROM, Level 1B, by Eaton Theatre.

Artist Talk is Saturday May 19 at 2pm. Free with museum admission. Seating is a on a first come basis!