Amandeep Kaur is an artist based in Birmingham who undertakes unique canvas pieces covering themes of Gurbani to impressive visuals of Sikh symbols. Her work was featured in the Contemporary Sikh Art exhibition in Leicester earlier this year and has been part of Art Sikh’s list of promoted artists. She was interviewed by Sikh scholar and head of the Sikh Museum Initiative Gurinder Singh Mann.
My name is Amandeep Kaur, I am a Sikh woman born and bought up in the UK. I use my passion for Art to create bespoke handmade Sikh Art. From a very young age I have been inspired and fascinated by Sikh and Panjabi Art and completed my A-Levels in Art, Panjabi, Philosophy and Psychology of Religion and English Literature. This further reinforced my passion for art and interest in my own Sikhi and identity. I went on to complete a Foundation Course Diploma in Art & Design and also a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Visual Communication, specialising in Illustration. My artwork has been on display at several exhibitions this year including the Contemporary Sikh Art exhibition by Sikh Museum Initiative and Art Sikh in Leicester with Art work from all over the UK and across the world. More recently, my Art work was also on display at the Parkash Sikh Art Exhibition at Parkash Smagam in Hayes which featured works of over 16 British Sikh artists.
What got you interested in creating Sikhi Portraits?
I always knew my Art would be influenced by my Sikh faith and Panjabi culture and have continued to link my Art work to my Panjabi and Sikh heritage. I didn’t set out to use art as a healing mechanism but when I reflected on it, I saw how much it helped me find peace and calm. For this reason, my work consists of religious pieces, which take uplifting quotes from the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. Art therapy plays a huge part in my Art work, which feature intricate henna and mandala patterns. These patterns themselves are uplifting and therapeutic for those who view them. I frequently use the portrait of Guru Nanak Dev Ji in my Art works as it brings myself and others an element of calmness and spirituality.
What is your inspiration in creating these works of Art?
I have always been mesmerised by the art of henna and mandala patterns and these traditional Indian floral designs play a huge part in my Art work today. Containing the writings of the Sikh Gurus in both English and Panjabi in my art work allows both Sikhs and non Sikhs to connect to the essence of Sikh teachings. I wish to use my art to spread positivity, happiness and Chardi Kala vibes. (Positive attitude and being in high spirit).
How would you describe your style of art? Is calligraphy important to your final creations?
My artwork contains the writings of the Sikh Gurus through Calligraphy style writing and intricate floral henna type patterns. Every piece of Art work created has an element of my heart and soul. Whether I merge a word, a letter, an image or a pattern, each and every detail is key to the creation of the Art piece.
What response have you received about your work?
Clients have described my artwork as inspiring and uplifting and are always amazed by the attention to detail within the intricate designs. I have received great feedback from my art work pieces, especially pieces that I have exhibited. I am regularly getting very positive feedback via social media. I aim to encourage fellow artists to pursue their Art and follow their dreams. It is very encouraging to see more Sikh women pursue their passion in Art. I hope to inspire others with my Art work, as Art for me has become my sanctuary.
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