“I am keenly interested in the process of the transformation of form that takes place gradually and continuously. One form gives way to another. It’s an evolution from invisible to visible or vice-versa. It’s an endless cycle, with no starting or end point, which gets manifested in frozen moments in my varied sculptural forms.”
Dhananjay Singh was born in 1977 in Hajipur, Bihar. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in sculpture from the Faculty of Visual Arts of Banaras Hindu University, followed by a Master’s degree in the same from the M.S. University, Baroda. Singh also briefly served as a visiting member of faculty at the National Institute of Fashion Technology in Gandhinagar.
The cycle of human life and nature act as a major source of inspiration for his work. We first discovered Dhananjay while he was at the Faculty of Art & Design at Monash University, Melbourne in 2006. At Melbourne he studied the clever use of bronze by his peers and lecturers, and this inspired him to experiment with metals to eventually create his own unique style and technique that involved building figures out of intricately twined bronze, steel and copper wires.
We held our first exhibition with Dhananjay in London at our Art Pilgrim Gallery in Hampstead in 2007. Since then, he has been exhibiting with us at several Indian Art Fairs and a few sculpture shows in New Delhi and Gurgaon and has been frequently listed at the major Indian auctions.
Dhananjay has won many awards and scholarships including the Commonwealth Arts and Crafts Award, London, in 2005; the INLAKS Fine Art award, New Delhi, in 2005; the National Lalit Kala Akademi Award, New Delhi, in 2002; and a Gold Medal from Banaras Hindu University, in 2000. His work has also been featured in a number of group shows, art fairs and joint exhibitions including the Gulf Art Fair, Dubai, in 2007; ‘Bronze’ at Gallery Espace, New Delhi, in 2006; the ‘Harmony Show’ at the Nehru Centre, Mumbai, in 2006, 2005 and 2004; ‘Generation to and Fro’ at Kaleidoscope Art Gallery, Baroda, in 2005; and the ‘All India Exhibition of Art’, Nagpur, in 2003.
The artist lives and works out of the National Capital Region.
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