Tejpal Singh

A local artist at the 2017 Art in the City

I happened to find an evening course in a Surrey Continuing Education brochure. This was how it all started for me.

Bored and frustrated with his regular daytime job, Tejpal Singh was looking for an escape. On a whim, he decided to sign up for an art class in a Surrey Continuing Education brochure and the rest was history. Tejpal’s favourite part about artmaking as a profession is its flexibility. Art allows him to make his own schedule, letting his creativity flourish, which in turn makes his job more fun. From humble beginnings in art class, Tejpal has really taken flight. His art covers a large array of media including intricate canvas painting, ceiling design, and wallpaper art. As seen in a variety of his works, abstract, beauty, bravery, diversity, love, suffering, and trauma are among the many things Tejpal gains inspiration from.

Tejpal’s Studio, Jolly Arts, has more than 100 original oil-acrylic paintings in its collection. He has been commissioned to work from Port Alberni to Edmonton and most local municipalities. His artworks have also travelled to Australia, Canada, India, UK and USA. Some of the artists Tejpal finds inspiration from are Michelanglo, Sandro Botticelli, Johannes Vermeer, Eva Volf, and John Seerey Lestor. The various techniques Tejpal picks up from these artists are reflected in his own expertise of a range of media.

One of the key constants in Tejpal’s artistic career is the city of Surrey. He not only lives here, but he also got his education in Surrey. Through the Surrey Art Gallery and through the programs hosted by the Arts Council of Surrey, he has displayed many of his works at local showcases and events, which encourages him to continue his path of artmaking.

Tejpal hopes that more and more people in the future will “pause and see, enjoy, and celebrate the beauty around us in nature, in cultural diversity. Bring attention to the sufferings of war, natural disasters or government atrocities. Inspire, help, encourage and make the younger generation ready for a better, brighter, loving future.”

Tejpal will be participating in Art in the City, a two-day self-guided tour on September 30 and October 1 around 8 Surrey locations housing 29 artists displaying their work! Click here for full event details