Face to face with Surinder

Portrait: Surinder Singh Dhillon with his portrait by Daniel Connell
Portrait: Surinder Singh Dhillon with his portrait by Daniel Connell
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...AND from a Sheffielder who’s the best in the world to one who will shortly be seen all over the world...

Surinder Singh Dhillon, of Abbey Lane, Beachief, is the subject of this huge portrait by Australian artist Daniel Connell.

The penman was here as part of a UK tour painting members of the British Sikh community. It was part of a project – arranged by the University of South Australia and hosted by Sheffield Hallam – to offer a voice to invisible communities.

“He explained what he was doing and I was only too happy to pose,” says 77-year-old Surinder, spokesman with the city’s Shri Guru Gobind Singh Gurdwara, in Effingham Street, city centre.

“Sikhs are a very small minority in Sheffield – there are only about 700 of us.

We are a quiet community.”

The completed picture will now join dozens of others Daniel is drawing which will be showcased in venues around the world later this year.