World’s Longest Painting ♦ 2013
Not knowing what ArtPrize would do the next year, I entered the contest to simply get slaughtered at the hands of the rich and powerful. But this time I wouldn’t let them win just like that. From past experience, I knew I had options.
Artist SinGh and The Transcendental (World’s Longest Painting). Miles of art!
Thirty-eight days in the making, this fruity, colorful creation featured various still-lifes and was named The Transcendental. Measuring 3,444.91 meters or 2.14 miles long, it won the Guinness World Record for the Longest Painting by an Individual. As mentioned earlier, The Transcendental has also been recognized with records through Miracle World Records, RecordSetter, Unique World Records, Elite World Records, Limca World Records, and The book of alternative records. This painting was displayed publicly, stretching across the parks, bridges, and public walkways of Grand Rapids, Michigan, in September 2013.
With this painting, I attempted to raise awareness about the liberty, well-being, and role of women in our society.
To transcend is to go to a higher level, to go above and beyond the ordinary. Transcendental knowledge is much higher than the knowledge of our mundane existence. I have named my painting The Transcendental because I had to transcend my usual level of discipline to do something that had never been done before: working 20 hours a day for 38 days to make the world’s longest painting. This reminds me of my 2009 stunt-art experience of being buried alive for three days—another surreal undertaking.
Whether transcendental knowledge really exists is debatable. But making this painting required so much discipline and self-control that for me it was beyond the ordinary. Mystical, spiritual, elevating—transcendental.
Having moved ahead from the ArtPrize fiasco of 2012 regarding my show called Captivity, I was determined to compete in ArtPrize 2013. In 2012 ArtPrize organizers accused me of marketing my art via gimmicks, so in 2013 I wanted to stay away from negative attention. I made sure that my painting would have no “controversy,” no “nudity,” no so-called “attention seeking.” My painting would be long and portray pears and flowers—a simple still-life.
The idea was to display the painting in ArtPrize—world’s largest art contest. However, as creative forces overpowered my head, my plan for the ArtPrize changed tremendously. My painting would not just be long but the longest in the entire world, and I’d finish the work in the least amount of time possible. I would achieve something beyond the ordinary and name my painting The Transcendental. Making the world’s longest painting in very few days would lift me above my mundane existence. It would be an artistic experience hard to express in words.
The first challenge, of course, was to raise money or find sponsors for the project. I had three weeks to do it. And what would it cost to make the painting? One hundred thousand dollars.
To my great and happy surprise, all the energies and forces out there in the world joined me, and everything for the project came together. I was ready to roll.
When I embarked on this life-changing journey, I knew it wouldn’t be easy. My goal was to complete the painting before the beginning of ArtPrize on September 18.
To succeed I had to meet stringent Guinness guidelines and standards, one of which was that the painting had to be displayed publicly for the Guinness officials to see and measure.
I thought I would be unable to do this project because it would need the support and cooperation of the authorities. Nevertheless, I got in touch with the ArtPrize curator, Clare Fox, to let the organization know of my ambitious plans. I was given the go-ahead for this extraordinary project.
I began to paint for 18 to 20 hours each day so that I could complete the work before September 18. However, just one week before ArtPrize was to begin, Clare Fox told me that I couldn’t exhibit this project, whereupon I tried my best to contact higher administrators at ArtPrize. I learned that Clare Fox had not acted on her own; the decision had come from Kevin Buist, Exhibition Director of ArtPrize. What ArtPrize administrators wanted was to stop me from displaying the world’s longest painting. Oh, well!
After exhausting every possible option of reconciliation with the authorities, I was left with two options. I could waste the money and disappoint everyone involved in my project; or I could display the painting without permission, pay off any fines that it might incur, and recover the money invested by selling the painting—but this would be possible only if I got the world record.
I knew that ArtPrize had authority over the park but not over the entire city. So I decided to forget the park and instead collaborate with other venues to display this giant monster of a painting all over Grand Rapids. The painting went over bridges and loading docks, past a popular fishing spot, through underpasses, over and under stairways, under bridges, along public walkways, through the museum by way of the art school, through luxury hotels, private properties, and more. This monster was so long that it caught everyone’s attention and won admiration.
It’s hard to get things done in the complex world we live in. Yet the battle had been won. The world’s longest painting had been created and displayed, the Guinness World Record had been achieved, and the city of Grand Rapids had just witnessed history.
For me, this was the beginning of the end with ArtPrize. In 2014 I discovered that they had banned me for life, but I left them with their jaws dropped. I thanked them for banning me; their ban had given huge publicity to my painting, and I was still able to win the Guinness World Record for the Longest Painting in the World.
I had invested over $100,000.00 on the project. I won bigly by winning the world record and then selling the painting in pieces. The estimated worth of the painting is over $800,000.00. I still have about 15% of the painting left.
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LARGEST PROFESSIONAL OIL PAINTING
22.76 square metre(s)
United States (Kalamazoo)
08 September 2017
The largest professional oil painting by a single artist is 22.76 m² (245 ft² 20 in²), achieved by Gurmej Singh (USA), at the Epic Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA, on 8 September 2017.
Gurmej Singh aka Artist SinGh or Mr. Caution says this painting “Star of Bethlehem” symbolizes the hope for the world and was created to celebrate equally for all. Star of Bethlehem is a blue night scene panorama of color, light and space on single piece of canvas. The highly detailed painting includes architecture of the time, animals, caravan, desserts, landscapes, people of the time and their lifestyle. Amazing plethora blue hues are used to capture the miracle in the sky.
It took Gurmej Singh (Artist SinGh) 4 months to create the whole painting. The project was sponsored by O’Leary Paint and B and G Discount.
It took Gurmej Singh (Artist SinGh) 4 months to create the whole painting. The project was sponsored by O’Leary Paint and B and G Discount.
The painting was displayed at the Epic Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan as part of the monthly Art Hop.
I am the originator and developer of LatroArt. “Latro” derives from the word “Latrodectus”—a genus of spiders, most of which are black widows. LatroArt can be defined as “to draw and paint using the elements and principles of spider-web construction.” Of course, spiders use many techniques to create webs.
In the normal painting process, the relative lightness or darkness of a color defines form. Strong contrasts in value within a composition may define the boundaries of forms. Gradations of value or shading also create the illusion of contour and volume.
With LatroArt, I create an image mostly with straight lines such that the contour line is minimized. The movement and energy in the lines have a continuous flow. Three-dimensional shape—illusion of depth and form—is created by simply tweaking the lines.
As a kid I loved adventure and was always curious about everything I saw. Spider webs fascinated me. I would watch the slow webbing process for hours. Who knew that I was being inspired to someday invent a new style of painting? For a few days in 2002, I stayed with a friend in his basement apartment, which was dark and infested with spiders. One bit me, and when I returned from the Emergency Room, I found myself staring at the spider’s web. For a minute, I forgot about the bite. I got lost in the world of imagination, and LatroArt was born. That bite changed everything for me.
|Artist SinGh Signature|
Over the years, I have signed my name differently on my paintings. In the late nineties, I had already invented my logo and used it aggressively. The response was so great, people loved it. This encouraged me to design a new signature that would make marketing sense. Something that is relatable and friendly to an eye. First thing that I did was to connect two name for continuity—Artist with SinGh. Secondly, I wanted to make this connection with a friendly gesture. So instead of simply underlining my name, I came up with a winking smiley face that is embedded within the signature.
|Artist SinGh Logo|
In the late nineties, I came up with the logo. It has changed a little over the years but the meaning remains the same. The logo is a man with a black hat and long beard tapering like a paintbrush. In many cultures, a hat symbolizes respect and a beard signifies wisdom in one’s field. The logo’s face is red, denoting passion for art. An hourglass between his face and beard suggests the passage of time as passion pours from his head to his paintbrush.
|Artist SinGh Cartoon|
My Cartoon—I have used a Poem to describe it.
Hello, My Name Is....
The Artist cartoon, a man in grey,
exaggerates an artist, but it’s clever play.
The black hat he wears is a sign of regard,
and his beard like a brush means wisdom in art.
His passion sparks in a red-faced glow,
and his wisdom and fire constantly flow
through an hourglass. Charged by this muse,
his white brush will spread all hues.
Who is this man? His yellow badge proclaims,
“Hello, Artist Singh’s my name.”
In black, grey, red, and yellow,
He’s a dapper guy—and a mellow fellow.
|Artist SinGh Favorite Animal-Mr. Froggy|
Mr. Froggy is my favorite animal. As a child I had the opportunity to be with nature and interact with some fine creatures. And some of these creatures had the lasting impression on my mind. When I am asked what is your favorite animal without hesitation it is Mr. Froggy who lived in a pond by my father’s bicycle shop.
|Artist SinGh Favorite Fruit-Pear|
During my time in the village one memory that will never perish is my connection with pear trees. I have climbed and sat on them for hours and hours looking at the world from 40 feet above. I was never hungry all I had to do was pick a pear and eat it while I am up there. This connection is obvious in my work. I have drawn and painted pears like you won’t believe it—largest sculpture I have made is of a pear which sits outside my studio in Kalamazoo, world’s longest painting which is a still-life of 8000 pears an epic 2.5 miles long painting. My favorite fruit is Babugosha, an elongated sweet, juicy, and soft pear.
|Artist SinGh Name Card|
|Artist SinGh Business Card|
|Artist SinGh Logo And Signature Merged|
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India West-Nov 30, 2017
After setting a Guinness World Record for creating the “World's Longest Painting by an Individual” in 2013, Indian American painter Gurmej Singh from Kalamazoo, Mich., has broken the world record once again. In September 2017, Singh, who goes by the moniker Artist SinGh, set another Guinness World ...
The American Bazaar-Dec 1, 2017
Gurmej Singh, an Indian American artist, has set a Guinness World record for creating the 'World's Largest Professional Oil Painting.' Earlier, Singh has created a Guinness World record for his 'World's Longest Painting by an Individual' in 2013. Now he has broken his own record and added a feather to his ...
Patch.com-Jul 28, 2017
DETROIT, MI — Looking up if you're at Campus Martius Park this weekend could be worth $1 million in original art in what Guinness World Records artist Gurmej Singh is calling the "Detroit Treasure Hunt." The Kalamazoo artist will hang upside down from a crane about 70 feet in the air and create custom ...
Detroit Free Press-Jul 28, 2017
If you're headed down to Campus Martius Park this weekend, be sure to look up. Guinness World Records artist Gurmej Singh will be hanging upside down from a crane 70 feet in the air while painting a custom piece of art every day of the Great Lakes Food, Art & Music Festival, according to the festival ...
MLive.com-Oct 9, 2017
GRAND RAPIDS, MI - A $1 million treasure hunt that Kalamazoo artist Gurmej Singh staged to protest ArtPrize has gone undiscovered and remains open. ... Singh's book also describes his battle with the ArtPrize organization, which banned him for life in 2014 after several incidents in which he bumped ...
MLive.com-Sep 19, 2017
GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- Gurmej Singh, also known as Artist SinGh, believes he has found a way to publicize his "fight for artistic freedom" after he was banned from participating in ArtPrize. The Kalamazoo stunt artist says he is hosting a $1 million treasure hunt during ArtPrize in which the winner will collect ...
wrkr.com/kalamazoo-artist-set-to-break-world-record/Aug 5, 2016 - Meet Gurmej Singh, or "Artist SinGh," as is his professional name. He's a Kalamazoo artist attempting to break the Guinness Book of World Records for having the world's largest oil painting. “The Star of Bethlehem” is measures roughly 1703 square feet, requiring 27 gallons of paint on a single piece of ...
www.encorekalamazoo.com/artist-singhArtist SinGh. November 01 2017. Attention-getting Art. On South Burdick Street, in the yard of a house right next to the southern end of Mount Ever-Rest Cemetery, there's an enormous green obj. Read more · Subscribe to Artist SinGh ...
artnet News-Nov 13, 2014
SinGh. The Transcendental, an 11,300-foot long painting the Kalamazoo-based artist SinGh, was created for the 2013 edition of ArtPrize. The record, however, came with a price for SinGh: a lifetime ban from the popular Michigan art show (see “Artist Banned From ArtPrize Forever“). Follow artnet News on ...