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Ebenezer Sundar

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About Artist

"I am a Christian, but being part of the Hindu society, I draw my energy from both Christian and Hindu religion which enables me to accept, cultivate and interpret the rich cultural heritage of India in the fullest p...

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"I am a Christian, but being part of the Hindu society, I draw my energy from both Christian and Hindu religion which enables me to accept, cultivate and interpret the rich cultural heritage of India in the fullest possible way."


Ebenezer Sunder Singh was born in 1966 at Tirunelveli, a town in Tamil Nadu, and grew up in the midst of age-old traditions, imbibing a great deal from the rich cultural milieu that surrounded him. It is no wonder then that Singh is known as one of India's most promising new talents. His sculptures, paintings, prints and drawings are recognized all over the country, and this versatile young man has exhibited and won honours for himself ever since he began his career as a professional artist in the early 1990's. Religion and religious themes play a big part in Ebenezer's art, which is influenced by Hindu ethics as well as Christian beliefs. Spirituality is also a very important ingredient for this artist, whose paintings have an undeniably Indian character, but are subtly twisted by his very contemporary idiom and his translation of the mythology of our subcontinent. This is what makes Ebenezer's art rich in substance and meaning, making it universally appealing.


Ebenezer likes to interpret what he has seen and experienced into a visual language that is enriched by his overflowing cache of personal and religious symbols. In his works we see the concepts of life and death, charity and sin, and pleasure and pain emerging with meanings and connotations that are sometimes so personal as to be alien to us, and therefore only comprehensible when looked at through the lens of Singh's own psyche - which he is always ready to explain.

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  • About Artist

    "I am a Christian, but being part of the Hindu society, I draw my energy from both Christian and Hindu religion which enables me to accept, cultivate and interpret the rich cultural heritage of India in the fullest possible way."


    Ebenezer Sunder Singh was born in 1966 at Tirunelveli, a town in Tamil Nadu, and grew up in the midst of age-old traditions, imbibing a great deal from the rich cultural milieu that surrounded him. It is no wonder then that Singh is known as one of India's most promising new talents. His sculptures, paintings, prints and drawings are recognized all over the country, and this versatile young man has exhibited and won honours for himself ever since he began his career as a professional artist in the early 1990's. Religion and religious themes play a big part in Ebenezer's art, which is influenced by Hindu ethics as well as Christian beliefs. Spirituality is also a very important ingredient for this artist, whose paintings have an undeniably Indian character, but are subtly twisted by his very contemporary idiom and his translation of the mythology of our subcontinent. This is what makes Ebenezer's art rich in substance and meaning, making it universally appealing.


    Ebenezer likes to interpret what he has seen and experienced into a visual language that is enriched by his overflowing cache of personal and religious symbols. In his works we see the concepts of life and death, charity and sin, and pleasure and pain emerging with meanings and connotations that are sometimes so personal as to be alien to us, and therefore only comprehensible when looked at through the lens of Singh's own psyche - which he is always ready to explain.

  • Academics

    2009 MFA - Art Institute of Boston at Lesley university, Massachusetts, USA

    1984-89 Diploma in Fine Arts, Government College of Arts and Crafts, Chennai

  • Exhibitions

    SOLO EXHIBITIONS

    2010 ‘Holy Smoke and Other Works’, RL Fine Arts, New York, USA

    2008 ‘Thus Spake Zarathustra', drawings and sculptures, Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai

    2007 ‘Ebenezer-A Decade-Works 1997 – 2007', Galerie Muller & Plate, Munich, Germany

    2007 ‘Sharing the Planet’- oil paintings and bronze sculptures, Pundole art gallery, Mumbai

    2006 ‘White Nights’- acrylic paintings and fiberglass sculptures, Palette art gallery, New Delhi

    2005 ‘Ebenezer - Recent Works’-acrylic paintings and fiberglass sculptures, Pundole art gallery, Mumbai

    2005 ‘Blind Man’s Profession’- acrylic paintings and fiberglass sculptures, Anant art gallery, New Delhi

    2003 ‘Senses’- acrylic paintings, charcoal drawings, and wood carvings, Gallery Bellevue, Berlin, Germany

    2003 'Memory Compulsions', York Square Gallery, New Havan, Connecticut

    2002 British Council's Living Wall, Chennai "In and Out"

    2001 Painting books and Fiberglass Sculptures, Pundole art gallery, Mumbai

    2001 Gallery Bellevue, Berlin

    2001 'Blindman's Profession', Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai

    2000 'Balloon Man - painting Books and fiberglass sculptures, The Easel Art Gallery, Chennai

    1999 'Neti...Neti....' - prints, drawings and paintings, Kingston University, Surrey, UK

    1998 'Kayittraravu' - acrylic paintings and ceramic sculptures, The Easel Art Gallery, Chennai

    1996 'The Hollow men The Stuffed Men’ - acrylic paintings on handmade papers, The Easel Art Gallery, Chennai


    GROUP EXHIBITIONS

    2011 (Fall – Scheduled) – ‘Indian Flag’, Four Indian Artists Video and Photography Show, Curated by Ebenezer Singh, GASP, Brookline, MA, USA

    2011 ‘End to End’– Harvest works Digital Media Arts Centre, New York, USA

    2011 ‘No Balding Nor Tangling the Hair’ - Three Artists Exhibition, The Faraway Tree Gallery, Chennai

    2011 ‘The Intuitive-Logic Revisited’– Osian’s & World Economic Forum, Davos-Klosters, Switzerland

    2011 ‘Myself’ – A Survey of Contemporary Self-Portraiture, Curated by Marjorie Vecchio, Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery, Reno, Nevada, USA

    2010 Video India– Videospace, Budapest, Hungary

    2010 'India Rising: Tradition Meets Modernity', presented by Ati Art Gallery at Varya, New Delhi

    2009 ‘Marvelous Reality‘– Curated by Sunil Mehra and Gallery Espace, Lalit Kala Akademy, New Delhi

    2009 The Art of India, 20 years of Contemporary Indian Art – Indien-Institut, Munich – Curated by Galerie Muller & Plate, Munich, Germany

    2009 India Art Summit – Curated by Photoink, New Delhi

    2009 Video Wednesday, ‘War in the East War in the West’– Curated by Johny M L, Gallery Espace, New Delhi

    2009 to 2010 ‘Self and the Other – Portraiture in Contemporary Indian Photography', Curated by Devika Daulet-Singh & Luisa Ortinez - Venue – 1. La Virreina Centre De la Imatge Palau de la Virreina, Barcelona, Spain. Venue – 2. ARTIUM –Centro-Museo Vascode Arte Contemporanea, Vitoria, Gasteiz, Spain

    2008 Art Paris, Pundole Art Gallery, Abu Dhabi, UAE

    2006-2007 Sotheby’s Contemporary Indian Art, New York, USA

    2006 ‘Hybrid Trend’- Curated by M Ramachandran, India & Korea, Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

    2006 ‘Human Figure’– Curated by Marta Jakimowicz Karle, Gallery Threshold, New Delhi

    2005 ‘Are we like this only’ – Curated by Vidya Shivadas, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi

    2002 ‘Navarasa’ – Curated by Dr. Alka Pande & Apparao Galleries, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

    2001 to 2002 ‘Inspirationen’-Three Artists Exhibition – Curated by Andreas Weigelt, Museum fur Indische Kunst, Berlin, Germany

    2000 ‘Heads and Tails’ - Two Artists Exhibition- with Czech. Sculptor Petr Kavan, The Easel Art Gallery, Chennai

    1999 Contemporary Indian Art - Curated by Maya Gallery, Air Gallery, London, UK

    1999 Small Format Works Art Today, New Delhi

    1998 International Artists Camp Exhibition, National Museum, Colombo, Sri Lanka

    1998 ‘Creative Process’, Curated by Dr. Shivaji Panikar, The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai

    1997 ‘Chennai Four’, Curated by Rekha Puri & Aman Nath, Art Today Gallery, New Delhi

    1997 'Southern Stars', Art World, Chennai

    1997 'Human Form and Art', Lalit Kala Academy, Chennai

    1997 'Figurative Abstractions', The Easel Art Gallery, Chennai

    1997 'Twelve', An Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Artists Chitram Art Gallery, Kochi, Kerala

    1995 'Diverse Perceptions', three man show at Surya Gallery, Hyderabad

    1995 ‘The Young Contemporaries', Curated by Bharati Kapadia, Lakeeren Gallery, Mumbai

  • Award & Recognition

    1999 Charles Wallace Scholarship, U.K

    1995 Arnawaz Vasudev Scholarship

    1991-92 Lalit Kala Akademy Research Grant

    1997 State Award

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