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.
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.
For the last 40 years working as a professional freelance artist in the field of Art, Painting, Illustration, Designing, Photography and Art Journalism.
COLLECTIONS CANADACarleton 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
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
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.
AWARDS AND HONOURS
“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
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