Life on Tree : Gond Painting by Venkat Shyam

Artist : Venkat Raman Singh Shyam
Size : Large
Dimensions : H-4 W-4.8ft. I H-48 W-58 inches
Medium : Acrylic Colors on Paper

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Artist


Venkat Raman Singh Shyam

“Every artist from the Gond community has developed a unique style and patterning for their art. For me, it is the Bindu or dot (symbolising the supreme god) and the half moon around it (symbolising our village and community). I see so much similarity between my work and that of Dali and Picasso!” Venkat Raman Singh Shyam was ten years old when he began drawing pictures of everything he observed in his village on the walls of his home and scraps of newspaper. Venkat, who was born into a Gond Pardhan family in Madhya Pradesh's Sejohra village, has spent the last four decades immersed in the world of art. Venkat learned to establish his own distinct style while artistically expressing historical legends of his clan and contemporary day views of the world around him while studying under his uncle, late Gond artist late Jangarh Singh Shyam. Venkat's art is founded in the intersection of old oral narratives and autonomous vision. “Change is the ultimate rule of nature and the universe. While the theme of my paintings are rooted in my traditions and mythology, my narrative constantly adapts to reach out to varied audiences” says Venkat.

Art Form

Gond

 

Songs of the Forests

The living traditions of Gond paintings -

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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