Jarnail Singh



For the last 40 years, I have been active as a freelance Artist. Born in India; I developed an interest in art in childhood.

After having a successful career in India I emigrated to Canada In 2000.We now make our home in Surrey, BC.

I had a solo show “Jarnail Singh –Discovering the Soul of Punjab” at Surrey Art Gallery in 2004. I was featured artist at Harrison Arts Festival 2005 at Harrison Hot Springs. My work was in the exhibitions “From Across the Oceans” at Langley Museum, Punjabi Visions, at Reach Gallery and Museum, Abbotsford, From The Land of Five Rivers, Surrey Art Gallery. I had three shows of Komagatamaru Stories, at Surrey, Abbotsford, and Delta.

My works have been in many solo and group shows.My paintings have won many awards and they are in important private and public collections all over the world.

In 2008 the City of Surrey conferred on me a lifetime achievement award recognizing me as a Surrey Civic Treasure.

 Artist Statement

Painting for me is a process of infinite happiness and joy. It is impossible to describe and define this process. There is a mixture of feelings, imagination, craft, and many more elements that cannot be defined nor explained. Painting for me is meditation. Painting for me is prayer. I paint whatever inspires me, touches me. It can be a tiny flower, it can be an awe-inspiring mountain or a rivulet, a face in a crowd that touches me with its beauty and innocence, can be a story of ancient times, they are all part of my paintings.Many a time people ask me, what do you paint, and I reply, I paint everything, people, portraits, landscapes, anything that touches me, inspires me. Painting is my own interpretation of these.

JARNAIL SINGH                                           


For the last 40 years working as a professional freelance artist in the field of Art, Painting, Illustration, Designing, Photography and Art Journalism.


Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada
Sikh Heritage Museum, Gursikh Temple, Canadian National Heritage Site, Abbotsford, BC Canada

“I Love Surrey” Spirit Bear for BC Lions Society for Children with Disabilities

Arts Council of Surrey BC Canada

“Story of Sikhism” Mural Series at Canadian Singh Sabha Gurdwara Surrey BC Canada

Komagata Maru Memorial Mural at PICS Senior Housing Unit, Surrey, Canada.

Gurdwara Sahib Rexdale OntarioCanada

Ontario Khalsa Durbar MississaugaCanada

Guru Nanak Gurdwara Surrey Canada


Central Sikh Museum. GoldenTemple, Amritsar, India

Punjab War Museum Ludhiana India

Museum of Rural Punjab, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, India

S BaghelSinghMuseum Gurdwara Bangla Sahib New Delhi India

Indian Embassy Washington DC USA

Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, India

PunjabiUniversity, Patiala, India

India Tourism Development Corporation

Western Command Head Quarters Chandimandir India

Punjab Arts Council India

Punjab iAcademy New Delhi India

Punjab MARKFED, India

Department Of Culture Punjab India

Department Of Public Relations Punjab India

Punjab Marketing Board India

Punjab Tourism Development Corporation

Punjab Small Industries &Export Corporation

Bank of Punjab, India

Punjab & Sind Bank India

Bank of India

Gurdwara Sahib Newcastle UK

Guru Nanak Gurdwara Birmingham UK

Gurdwara Sahib Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

Gurdwara Gurjot Parkash IslandLake Chicago Illinois USA

Private Collections in UK, USA, Japan, Australia, Austria, Singapore, Germany, and Africa.


Vibrant Vistas, Firehall Centre for Arts, Delta 2014

Artists Choice, Firehall Centre for Arts, Delta 2013

 Komagatamaru Stories, Newton Cultural Centre, Firehall Centre for Arts, Delta, Kariton Art Gallery, Abbotsford, BC Canada,2011,2012-2013

From The Land of Five Rivers, SurreyArtGallery. April-June 2011

Punjabi Heritage, The ReachMuseum and ArtGallery, Abbotsford, BCCanada,2011

Featured Artist Harrison Arts Festival, RangerStationArtGallery, Harrison Hot Springs2005 (Solo)

ARTS 200, ARTS 2005, Juried Show, SurreyArtGallery

Jarnail Singh-Discovering the Soul of Punjab, SurreyArtGallery. April-June 2004 (Solo)

VISAGES: The Human as Image Canadian Institute of Portrait Artists Show 2003

Surrey Chamber of Commerce, December 2002-January 2003 (Solo)

“Artists at Work” Event, Cloverdale Library, Cloverdale BC, 2003

Surrey Public Library, Whally Branch, October 2002 (Solo)

June Juried Show, Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, 2002

World Punjabi Conference, Prince George BC 2000

Slide Show/ Lecture on Punjab in University of California Berkley, USA.1997

World Punjabi Conference, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, USA 1997

Jubilee Auditorium, University of Alberta, Canada.1995 (Solo)

Rhythm of Life Exhibition of Photographs, Govt. Museum, Chandigarh, India 1995(Solo)

Hotel Samrat Teej Festival Exhibition 1994 New Delhi India (Solo)

Sikh Art Exhibition at St. John’s Museum Warwick, UK 1992

Punjabi University Patiala India 1992 (Solo)

Calcutta Information Centre, Calcutta India 1991 (Solo)

Phulkari Exhibition, Jahangir Art Gallery Bombay, India 1989

Discovering the Punjab Exhibition, Herbert Art Gallery & Museum Coventry UK 1988

‘Punjab- History& Culture’ Taj Art Gallery Bombay India 1988 (Solo)

World Punjabi Conference at Bangkok Thailand 1985

Punjabi University Patiala India 1985 (Solo)

Punjab Agricultural University Ludhiana India 1984 (Solo)

Guru Nanak Dev University Amritsar, India 1982 (Solo)

Punjab Lalit Kala Academy, India, Exhibitions from 1979 to1989



3S Printers, Burnaby, BC, Canada

Van City Printers, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Mann Printers, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Punjab Small Industries & Export Corporation. India

Markfed India.

The Ajit Daily, Jalandar Punjab India

PSB Finance, Punjab India.

Bank of India

Bank of Punjab, India

Punjab & Sind Bank India.

Punjab Health System Corporation India

Greeting Cards

Vakil & Sons, Bombay, India.

Punjabi University Patiala, Punjab India

Chief Minister Punjab India

Red Cross Society, Punjab India

Punjab Health Systems Corporation Punjab, India


“Journey With an Endless Eye” Author Ajmer Rode, Illustration Jarnail Singh Published by Ekstasis Editions, Victoria, BC Canada

“Punjab Paintings” Published by Punjab Arts Council, Chandigarh India

Vishav Parsidh Chitarkar Shahkar” Unistar Books, Chandigarh,India

“Punjabi Painters” published by Punjab State University Text Book Board India.

7 Articles “Painters of Sikh History ” In the Ajit Daily Punjab India

6 Articles on “Punjab Museums” in the Ajit Daily, Punjab India

30 Article series “My favorite Paintings and Painters” in Punjabi Tribune, India.

Wrote and Illustrated “Maharaja Ranjit Singh” and “Creation of the Khalsa” published serially in Punjabi Tribune India.

Illustrated Books and designed Book Jackets for public and private publication houses.


Participated in International and National photography workshops and conventions.

Works exhibited in National and International photography Salons.

Founder General Secretary of CONCEPT a Forum of Photo Artists Chandigarh, India.

Photos published in the Indian Express, The Tribune Group, and major Indo-Canadian and Indian publications all over the world.


“Surrey Civic Treasure” Award by City of Surrey 2008 Cultural Capital of Canada Project.

Outstanding Artist Award of Honor by Parvasi Media Group Toronto Canada 2008

Won Second Prize in Fraser Down Race Track Art Show Surrey BC 2006

Won 10th Birthday Banner Design Contest of Surrey City Council 2003

Daniel P Izzard Medal in First Slide competition Canadian Institute of Portrait Artists 2002

Finalist for Best New Entrepreneur category, Business Excellence Award 2002 and 2003 by Surrey Board of Trade British Columbia Canada

Honored by Mela Ghadri Babiyan Da, Surrey BC, Canada 2002

Achiever Award in the Arts, International Punjabi Chamber of Commerce, Toronto, 2001

Honored by Maharaja Dalip Singh Trust UK, 1998

Artist of the Year Award by Indo-Canadian Cultural Association, Canada, 1998

Award of Honor by Central Association of Punjabi Writers of North America, 1995

Dr. M.S. Randhawa Award, by Punjabi Sathh Lambran Jalandar, Punjab, India 1995

Dr. Ravinder Ravi Memorial Award, India 1993

Sardar Sobha Singh Memorial Award, by Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle India. 1991

Honored by International Punjabi Sahit Sabha London, 1992

Award of Honor by Sabhiacharak Munch, India 1989

Sardar Sobha Singh Award by Sobha Singh Memorial Foundation India.

Punjab Lalit Kala Academy Awards, 1979 and 1980.

Biography in school textbooks of Punjab School Education Board Punjab India and Bachelor of Arts Curriculum of Punjabi for Punjab University Chandigarh India.


Director, Arts Council of Surrey BC Canada

Public Art Advisory Committee, City of Surrey BC Canada (2005-2007)

Punjabi Writers Forum Vancouver, Canada

Life Member Punjabi Sahit Academy Ludhiana, Punjab India.

Founder President, Punjabi Press Club of BC, Canada

Jarnail Singh,
# 106,12882,85 Avenue,
Surrey BC V3W OK8 Canada
Tel:604 825 4659 (Cell)
604 595 5885 (Home)
We Give You Something To Treasure!

Email: jarnailarts@hotmail.comjarnailarts@gmail.com

3 thoughts on “Jarnail Singh

  1. Wonderful and very exciting. I really the hard work you put in putting together the professional profile. Congratulations.

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