Gond Art & Artists – A super-short, must-know primer on India’s Tribal Art Tradition.

The Gond art is one of the beautiful representations of our rich Indian culture and its origin is traced to the Gond community, which is the largest Dravidian tribal community settled in the central India.  The word “Gond” was derived from Kond, meaning mountains; and the Gond called themselves Koi or Koiture. The community gave birth to the art form in the process of painting the mud walls of their homes for occasions.

Their paintings are essentially their expression of their quest of learning about life and they have created exceptional depictions of their natural and mythological world, traditional songs and oral history. Moreover, Gond paintings bear a striking resemblance to aboriginal art form from Australia since both styles use dots in creation of the paintings.

Few of the artists carrying on the art’s legacy:

Durga Bai knows how to translate oral history of her Gond tribe into images, which is what makes it unique. Animals are mostly the subject of her creations. She has also won numerous awards for her Gond art illustrations in various books.

Hiraman Urveti uses Trishul as his signature symbol in most of his paintings. Besides, the artist from Bhopal has also participated in a Paramparik Karigar Mumbai exhibition at Jehangir Art Gallery in Mumbai.

Ramesh Tekam from Patangarh, Madhya Pradesh, saw numerous elephants and many other species of animals in his childhood; which are the subject of most of his creations. His creations are characterized by bold strokes and use of vibrant colors.

Suresh Durve is credited with the fact that 35 of his paintings were exhibited as solo, making him the artist to have achieved this after the renowned Jangarh Singh Shyam. Having previously experimented with a lot of bright colors, he now uses the theme of black and white—with the splash of colors—as his new style.

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