Singh Twins Awarded MBEs in Queen's Birthday Honours List Date: Monday, 13 June, 2011
Internationally-acclaimed, London born, British-Asian, artists, The Singh Twins, have each received an MBE for services to the Indian Miniature Tradition of painting.
Speaking about the honour The Twins said: 'It came as a complete surprise but we are absolutely delighted to have been awarded an MBE for our work - not only because it's a great honour, but because, from the outset, it's been a real struggle to gain acceptance for a traditional and non-European art style within the mainstream. Last year, our solo exhibition at London's National Portrait Gallery represented a significant landmark in this respect and it's a great feeling of achievement to receive additional recognition at such a high level. We hope that this recognition for services to the Indian Miniature Tradition will encourage other artists to remain true to their creative instincts and not succumb to the kind of pressure we felt to conform to the dictates of the Contemporary Art Establishment. The award comes at a particularly important time for us in our current role as one of the five official Ambassadors for our home city of Liverpool's Decade of Health and Wellbeing as we feel that it can only help us to further our aims as artists in this initiative - to promote the importance and value of art and culture to health and wellbeing.'