Tarsem received his schooling at the Cotton Bishop School in the Himalayas in India. He came to the United States when he was twenty-four years old and graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasedena, California.
His first major breakthrough work was the music video for REM’s “Losing My Religion,” which won eight MTV awards, including Best Music Video, and a Grammy. The same year, Tarsem caught the attention of advertising’s finest by garnering two Cannes trophies: One for Widen & Kennedy’s Anne Klein campaign, and one for Bartle Bogle Hegarty’s Levi’s.
Known for his attention to detail, stunning art direction, and highly developed story-telling abilities, Tarsem is one of the most highly acclaimed and sought after directors within the advertising community worldwide.
Over the years, Tarsem has garnered numerous awards, including the Grande Prix award in Cannes, the D&AD, the DGA, and the Bafta Britannia award, to name but a few. His commercial work is part of a permanent collection on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
His first feature film, The Cell, was a psychological thriller starring Jennifer Lopez. He co-wrote, produced and directed his latest feature film entitled The Fall. Which had its international release in 2008. His third film will be called Immortals. Tarsem makes his home in London & Los Angeles.
Sometimes when I see something I consider to be art, it makes me do a double take. I have to look at two or more times to realize what it is I am seeing. Why? Because it is not something I have seen before. Tarsem Singh’s work is so visually unbelievable. There is beautiful cinematography and then there is the paintings that Tarsem Singh creates on screen. With all of his work, he always does something so remarkably fresh and gorgeous that I have never seen before. His work has a grandeur to it that has me thinking about how we typically see and create mediums and how we can change that with the principles and inspiration of other mediums.