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Tribal Artists from India



Gond Painting #6 - Wild Boar and Piglets
Rajendra Shyam - Patangarh, Madhya Pradesh State, India
c.2011
Acrylic on canvas
(40" h. x 30" w. )

$2800

Sold

Exhibition dates:
Thursday, April 11 to Saturday, June 22, 2013

Second Thursday Reception:
April 11, 6 to 9pm

Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Saturday, 12 - 6:00 pm.

Location: Indigo Arts Gallery, 1400 North American St., #104
Philadelphia PA 19122
Contact: 215-765-1041


Indigo Arts presents a selection of contemporary paintings by members of minority tribes in India. The exhibit includes work by the members of the Gond and Bhil groups of the state of Madhya Pradesh, India, as well as Mithila paintings from Bihar and Patua story-scroll paintings from West Bengal.

Artists include Gond painters Rajendra Shyam, Santosh Shyam, Anuj Tekam and Hiraman Urveti; Bhil painters Bhuri Bai and Anil Bariya, scroll painters Montu Chitrakar and Gurupada Chitrakar, and Mithila painters such as Pushpa Kumari and Baua Devi.

These distinct artistic traditions emanate from several different parts of India, and some have developed over many years, but they share several characteristics. They draw on the timeless myths, dreams and folklore of their creators, but they also reflect the daily life of the village. Three of them - the Gond, Bhil and Mithila paintings - developed out of the ancient traditions of house painting. Once painted by Bihari women only on the walls of the khobar or nuptial chamber, the mithila paintings are now rendered in ink and acrylic on paper and canvas and exhibited worldwide. It was a transition made of necessity, in the effort to bring handicraft income to villages devastated by the Bihar famine of the early 1960’s. First generation mithila artists such as Ganga Devi and Baua Devi, and today’s stars - Pushpa Kumar and Pradyumna Kumar, have gained wide renown.

The Gond and Bhil movements are more recent, dating from the “discovery” of a hut decorated by the seventeen-year-old Jangarh Singh Shyam in the Gond village of Patangarh in Madhya Pradesh. Brought to the city of Bhopal and given paints and paper, Jangarh had a meteoric rise as a painter but a sadly brief career. Since Jangarh’s suicide in 2001 many other Gond artists, including some of his relatives or students, have emerged. Gond and Bhil artists delight in the depiction of a world of wild beasts, both real and imaginary. Alien influences are refracted through the tribal eye, such as the airport scene of Bhil artist Bhuri Bai, and the morphed “tiger that dreamed it was an aeroplane” of Rajendra Shyam.



Bhil Painting #3 - Aeroplane
Bhuri Bai - Pitol, Jhabua, Madhya Pradesh State, India
c.2012
Acrylic on paper
(14" h. x 22" w. )

$550 framed

SOLD 4/2013


Other works, like the story scrolls of the Bengali patuas, convey narrative, from the Hindu myths of the Ramayana to current (sometimes distant) events, – the 9/11 attack, the 2004 Tsunami, and even the French revolution and the sinking of the Titanic. Patuas - painter/story-tellers, - such as Montu and Gurupada Chitrakar, sing their stories as they unreel the comic-strip-like scrolls, one window at a time. Both Montu and Gurupada Chitrakar are featured in the 2006 exhibit Village of Painters: Narrative Scrolls from West Bengal at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe and the accompanying catalog by Frank Korom.

Gond Painting #16 - Tiger
Rajendra Shyam - Patangarh, Madhya Pradesh State, India
c.2012
Acrylic on paper
(15" h. x 11" w. )

$400 framed


Gond Painting #5 - Wood-Cutters in the Forest
Rajendra Shyam - Patangarh, Madhya Pradesh State, India
c.2011
Black ink on paper
(14" h. x 11" w. )

$300 framed


Gond Painting #17 - Beast with Prey
Hiraman Urveti - Patangarh, Madhya Pradesh State, India
c.2012
Acrylic on paper
(11" h. x 15" w. )

$300 framed


Gond Painting #14 - Reptiles and Prey
Rajendra Shyam Kumar - Patangarh, Madhya Pradesh State, India
c.2012
Acrylic on paper
(10" h. x 14" w. )

$320 framed


Gond Painting #8 - Shivji and the Mahua Flowers (the stages of intoxication)
Rajendra Shyam - Patangarh, Madhya Pradesh State, India
c.2011
Acrylic on canvas
(48" h. x 30" w. )

In this painting the artist depicts the stages a person goes through when he is intoxicated. Once Lord Shiva was doing penance under a tree he felt thirsty; he looked around for water and found it in a hollow of the Mahua tree. He did not realize that the water contained fermented Mahua flowers. After sipping some, he was euphoric, felt light in the head and became very talkative and chirped like a parrot. He could not resist and had some more. The more he had the louder and aggressive he got, it was as though he had taken the persona of a tiger. By this time he had lost all his senses and could not stand and started rolling on the ground like a wild boar.

$3200


Bhil Painting #4 - Antelope with Birds
Bhuribai - Jhabua, Madhya Pradesh State, India
c.2012
Acrylic on paper
(22" h. x 14" w. )

$550 framed


Gond Painting #13 - Deer and Bird
Anuj Tekam - Patangarh, Madhya Pradesh State, India
c.2012
Acrylic on canvas
(17" h. x 21" w. )

$750 (framed)


Bhil Painting #6 - Antelope with hree Birds
Anil Bariya - Patangarh, Madhya Pradesh State, India
c.201`2
Acrylic on canvas
(27" h. x 37" w. )

$750.


Two Girl Friends - Mithila painting
Baua Devi - Madhubani, Bihar, India

Late 20th cent.
Ink and watercolor on paper
30" h. x 22" w. )

$650

SOLD 9/13


Tiger in the Grass (detail)
Pradyumna Kumar - Mithila, Bihar, India
c.2007
Ink on paper
(18" h. x 24" w. )

$1200


Tiger and Antelopes
(#MCH0408)
Montu Chitrakar - West Bengal, India
2004
Water-based paint on paper
(10" h. x 13 1/4" w. )

$125


Two Lions and Antelope (#GCH0609)
Gurupada Chitrakar - West Bengal, India
c.2005
Water-based paint on paper
(11" h. x 14" w. )

$95


Indian Ocean Tsunami
- top panel
Patachitra
Story Scroll
Gurupada Chitrakar - West Bengal, India
c. 2010
Water-based paint on paper
(112" h. x 22" w.)

$750


The September 11th Attacks and the War in Afghanistan -
1st panel
Patachitra Story Scroll
Gurupada Chitrakar - West Bengal, India
c. 2005
Water-based paint on paper
(89 1/2" h. x 22" w. )

$ 600

SOLD 1/07 (but similar scroll available)



Story of the Kashmir Earthquake -
2nd, 3rd panels
Patachitra
Story Scroll
Gurupada Chitrakar - West Bengal, India
c. 2005
Water-based paint on paper
(83" h. x 22" w. )

$ 550


Lord Krishna and the Gopis (#GCH1101)
Gurupada Chitrakar- West Bengal, India
c.2010
Water-based paint on paper
(30" h. x 22" w. )

$375


Krishna and Woman
Unknown artist - West Bengal, India
c.2000
Water-based paint on paper
(28" h. x 22" w. )

$175


Gond Painting #11 - The Tiger that Dreamed he was an Aeroplane
Rajendra Shyam - Patangarh, Madhya Pradesh State, India
c.2011
Acrylic on canvas
(36" h. x 32" w. )

$2800



Gond Painting #7 - Van Devi, goddess of the forest
Rajendra Shyam - Patangarh, Madhya Pradesh State, India
c.2011
Acrylic on canvas
(48" h. x 36" w. )

The Gond people pray to the goddess of their forest as they depend on the trees, animals and forest produce for their sustenance.

$3500


Gond Painting #15 - Fishes
Hiraman Urveti - Patangarh, Madhya Pradesh State, India
c.2012
Acrylic on paper
(15" h. x 11" w. )

$300 framed

On Hold


Bhil Painting #5 - Turtle Family
Dubu Bariya - Patangarh, Madhya Pradesh State, India
c.201`2
Acrylic on paper
(11" h. x 14" w. )

$185.


Man-Lion
Pushpa Kumari - Mithila, Bihar, India
c.2007
Ink on paper
(12 1/2" h. x 16" w. )

$1100 framed


Gond and Beyond
Exhibit at Indigo Arts. April 11, 2013


Gond and Beyond
Exhibit at Indigo Arts. April 11, 2013


Gond and Beyond
Exhibit at Indigo Arts. April 11, 2013


Gond and Beyond
Exhibit at Indigo Arts. April 11, 2013


Gond and Beyond
Exhibit at Indigo Arts. April 11, 2013


Gond and Beyond
Exhibit at Indigo Arts. April 11, 2013


Gond and Beyond
Exhibit at Indigo Arts. April 11, 2013


Gond and Beyond
Exhibit at Indigo Arts. April 11, 2013


Gond and Beyond
Exhibit at Indigo Arts. April 11, 2013

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