Cited as representing ‘the artistic face of Britain’, The Singh Twins are internationally renowned, contemporary, artists whose award winning work explores important issues of social political and cultural debate and re-defines narrow Eurocentric perceptions of art, heritage and identity. The Twins collaborate on their art, describing their creative practice as ‘Past-Modern’ as opposed to ‘Post Modern’. Their highly decorative, narrative and symbolic work, has been recognised as pioneering a modern revival of Indian miniature painting within contemporary art practice. But their distinctive style is much more eclectic. In addition to the Indian miniature tradition of painting, they also draw on the artistic language and conventions of other traditions, east and west, old and new - including ancient Greek and Roman, Persian and Medieval European manuscripts, The Victorian illustrators and Pre-Raphaelites, Art Nouveau, and photography.
Although more widely known for their paintings, the Twins are published illustrators, writers, filmmakers and designers. Their films, titled 'Nineteen Eighty-Four and the Via Dolorosa Project' (a short documentary about one of their most famous political works depicting the Storming of the Golden Temple in 1984) and 'The Making of Liverpool' (an animation film) have both won awards. Beyond this, their ongoing interest to push the boundaries of their creative practice has led to them in or erect years to develop new work using digital technologies as well as collaborate with top Indian Fashion Designer, Tarun Tahiliani - whose 2015 Spring Summer Collection was inspired by their artwork. This inspired them to explore developing a Singh Twins high end fashion accessories and home decor label.
The Singh Twins achievements as artists were formerly recognized in 2009 when they were made Honorary Citizens of their home city of Liverpool and in 2011 when they each received MBE’s from the Queen for ‘Services to the Indian miniature tradition of painting within Contemporary Art’. In 2015 they were further awarded Honorary Doctorates for their ‘outstanding contribution to British art’ and in 2016 were recipients of the prestigious UK Asian Achievers Awards for Media, Arts and Culture.
Exhibitions include solo shows hosted by London’s National Portrait Gallery, Liverpool’s Walker Art Gallery, National Museums Scotland and National Gallery of Modern Art Delhi and Mumbai. In 2016 The Singh Twins exhibited by special invitation at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and their public commission for the Museum of London which offers their personal response to two famous Victorian paintings on the theme of the ‘Indian Mutiny’ or First War of Indian Independence’, was selected for Tate Britain’s ‘Artist and Empire’ touring exhibition.
Since they first embarked on their career as professional artists, demand for The Singh Twins work has grown. Receiving commission interest from private and public sector alike, their art can be found in collections worldwide. Amongst some of their most well known public commissions are two works celebrating Liverpool’s 800th birthday and status as European Capital of Culture in 2008. Most recent public commissions include a symbolic portrait of Maharaja Duleep Singh (deposed Ruler of the Sikh Kingdom of Punjab and first resident Sikh in the UK) for the Museums of Scotland.
Their latest exhibtion 'Slaves of Fashion:New Works by The Singh Twins - which explores the impact of India’s textile industry on global history, politics, society and culture and its modern day relevance - is being hosted by National Museums Liverpool's Walker Art Gallery. Launching on Jan 19th 2018 the exhibition runs until May 20th 2018 before moving on to Wolverampton Art Gallery.