The Singh Twins — Liverpool-based sisters and artists Amrit and Rabindra — on how classical traditions of Indian art inspire their own original practice
‘There is so much material that we can look at and re-envision for modern audiences,’ say the Singh Twins, describing the influence on them of 18th and 19th-century works by artists from North India — many of which feature in Christie’s Arts of India sale on 26 May.
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‘It’s something we’ve tried to emulate in our own work,’ the Twins continue, introducing their own, highly intricate paintings, which merge elements of traditional Indian painting with contemporary subject matter — from the great British barbecue to the football pitch as battleground.
The Twins — each wearing matching kurta pajami and floral sandals — paint in unison, following a ‘laborious’ process intended to replicate the ‘wonderful array of detail’ achieved by painters on the subcontinent. ‘They manipulated perspective to their own aims — convention goes out of the window, in terms of the Western conformity to converging and diverging lines,’ they explain. ‘It really gives an insight into the genius of these artists.’
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