Canadian artist, Bhagat Singh Bedi, paints Sikh Historical art, Punjabi Cultural art and Hindu Spiritual art, such as those of Vaishnav and Shaiv religions, with passion and and with a high level of historical and spiritual authenticity.
Bhagat became well known for his Sikh Art, his tranquilizing and emotional depiction of Guru Gobind Singh ji meditating in Machhiwara, and his shocking and awe-inspiring depiction of the young Prince Ajit Singh fighting hordes of Mughals. These now-iconic paintings captured the hearts of Sikhs world-wide and became instant hits with the Sikh community, appearing in many popular Punjabi songs, religious songs and in films, and were shared millions of times over social media.
Reproductions of Bhagat’s paintings have sold world-wide, including Canada, India, United Kingdom, United States, Australia, Singapore and Dubai.
A self-taught artist and a student of science, Bhagat Singh Bedi, was born in Ludhiana, and moved to Canada when he was very young. After he moved to Canada, he immediately got involved in Gurudwara activities, and Gurmat camps. In the Gurudwara, Bhagat would read the many blood filled pages of Sikh history (packed in thin paperbacks), and became interested in Sikh history and philosophy.
At the Gurudwara, he was asked to paint some of those pages by the principal of the academy. Without prior training, the young boy got to work. He brought home many of the paperbacks he read, and started to mimic the historical works published in them; works of Sikh artists like Sobha Singh, Kirpal Singh, Devender Singh and Mehar Singh. While at home he studied Sikh artists, in hischool, he studied art history, the Old Masters and Canadian artists like Lauren Harris from the Group of Seven.
Later in high school, after stumbling upon the Sarbloh Warriors website (in one of his endless google searches), he joined the team and started doing concept art for the game. His job at Sarbloh Warriors required him to learn digital painting, and so he did. Feeling that Sikhs are underrepresented in the media, Bhagat took the responsibility of putting Sikhs out there, and worked on his Sikh Mutants storyline and characters. Realizing his potential as a concept artist, he joined another project, Elvana, as he continued to work on Sarbloh Warriors and his own personal projects.
Having an interest in sciences, Bhagat enrolled in the Biology program in university. As his painting interests became his passion, and as his skills as as artist developed, things at Sarbloh Warriors became quiet. However, the research he had done for the game, left an even stronger feeling in him than before. He decided it was time to paint the same history that the game was based on; the same history that he once painted when he was younger.
I believe Sikh history is awesome; it needs to be painted with skill and passion. This is my attempt to increase the well-being of Sikhs all over the world.
My connection with Sikh History is very emotional since a lot of events are filled with such energy that they have the power to excite me or move me to tears. My earlier work was about that excitement in the form of a visceral adrenaline rush that Sikh Martyrs felt when they charged into battle, and sacrificed their lives. In my later work, I painted several paintings with teary eyes. Immersed in meditation, I painted the spiritual experiences of Sikh Saints.
A Sikh strives to be a Warrior-Saint and my work embodies and emphasizes those qualities of Bir Ras and Sant Ras, Warrior Essence and Saint Essence.
– Bhagat Singh Bedi