Bagh: Gond Art by Venkat Shyam


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Size : Medium
Dimensions : H-15 W-22 inches
Medium : Acrylic Colors on Paper

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This painting uses vivid colours and gives an illusionary effect. While at first we might see deer and birds, with a closer look we realise that its also a forest. The lines are used in such a way that they convey a sense of motion and movement to the images. Saroj ji has a signature style used to fill in the paintings – the nagavanshi style. It comprises of a snake-like pattern. She uses this to distinguish her paintings from the other gond artists. There is no sense of perspective in the painting, and they are entwined with each other

Saroj Venkat Shyam belongs to the Pardhan Gond tribal community and was born in village Patangarh, district Dindori, Madhya Pradesh. She has been practising Gond art for the last 20 years and has exhibited internationally and also conducted many gond art workshops in India.

In the depths of Madhya Pradesh, India, beats the heart of the Gonds- a tribe as old as time. As the community bard (singers) or Pardhan invokes their Great God- Bada Deo- while playing the Bana instrument, he fulfills the crucial task of keeping alive the legendary tales of the ancient Gond kings. Every story, song, dance, and painting brings the community together in a shared celebration of nature and the universe. The Gond tribe has several branches or gotras, each with its own story of origin. The Pardhans, they say, are descended from the youngest of seven Gond brothers who became a priest and a storyteller on the instruction of Bada Deo. As the ancient tribal fable unfolds in the 21st century, the gond artist’s vivid paintings narrate tales of their faiths and beliefs, world view, their visual expression and sense of identity - both as a collective , and as individuals. Vibrant colours and animated motifs filled with intricate patterns of dots and dashes bring their mythical jungle to life. Trees, animals, birds, the sky, water, and earth sway and dance to the rhythm of the Pardhan’s tunes and brush strokes. Gond traditions and fables are a reflection of man’s close connection with his natural surroundings. The Gond painting transports you to the seamless world of the imaginative and the surprising.


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    Saroj is an acclaimed exponent of the Pardhan Gond tribal style of painting since 2002. She has participated in several festivals and workshops of tribal art within and outside India, including SPICMACAY workshops hosted in Bhopal, Nagpur and Surat. Her paintings have been displayed in several prestigious galleries in India and overseas, including Craft museum New Delhi, Lalit kala Akademi, Rebecca Hossack Gallery (London), Coomaraswamy Hall Shivaji Museum (Mumbai), and Miller Art Gallery (Virginia, USA). Her paintings have been featured in collections at Selu Conservancy (Redford University, Virginia USA), John Bowles (art historian, USA), Dr. Roma Chatterji (art historian, Delhi), Dr. Aurogeeta Das (art critic, London), among others in India and overseas.



    Gond


    Gond art is a traditional form of painting practiced by the Gond tribal communities of central India, primarily in the states of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. It is characterized by its vibrant colors, intricate patterns, and depictions of nature, animals, and tribal life. From peacocks, and elephants, to an ant, each creation tells a story and reflects the close relation of the Gond people with their environment. Artists use fine lines and dots to create elaborate motifs, often incorporating elements of folklore, mythology, and spirituality into their designs. The art form was passed down orally from generation to generation, with artists using natural materials like leaves, mud, and charcoal to create elaborate designs on walls, floors, and other surfaces. Details According to Gond mythology, the art of painting originated from the Gondi deity, Devi Maoli. It is believed by the Gond people that Devi Maoli taught the first Gond artist, the secrets of painting during a dream. Since then, Gond art has been considered a sacred form of expression by its practitioners. Gond people believe that good images are the harbinger of good luck so they decorate their houses with traditional motifs. Gond art has gained international recognition for its unique aesthetic appeal and cultural significance. An interesting fact about Gond is that each artist has a distinctive signature style. For them, the ethos of life is a mixture of myth and reality, of organic and inorganic forms.  



    Product Details

    Title
    Bagh: Gond Art by Venkat Shyam
    Artist
    Saroj Venkat Shyam
    Art Style
    Gond
    Medium
    Acrylic Colors
    Size
    Medium
    Dimension
    15 in(H) X 22 in(W)
    Themes
    Tiger, Birds
    Color
    Multicoloured
    Country of Origin
    Madhya Pradesh, India

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