Gond Art

Gond paintings are paintings done by ‘Gond tribe’ from Madhyapradesh. Dots and tiny lines are just used to fill the space. As they sleep in jungles the topics of painting are Animals, trees, their gods etcs.

Gonds are said to be the most important tribal, or Adivasi Community in India, with a population of almost 80 Lakh. While there history or a date of origin is hard to trace, some of the the community’s roots can be tracked back in the pre-Aryan age. Belonging largely to Deccan India, the Gond community has settled in regions spanning across northern province, eastern Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and western Orissa.

The word Gond comes from Kond, which mainly means green mountains within the Dravidian idiom. Deeply connected with nature and to the natural elements that we have from nature, Gonds have traditionally drawn inspiration, as well as, represented their stories using strong natural elements. Trees, animals, birds and other environmental representation are probably the foremost recognisable subject material in their visual art practice.The Gonds are mostly known for their creative capacities. Even amongst the Gond people, the Pardhan Gonds who traditionally served as priests are popularly considered the foremost prominent and well renowned for his or her artistic skills, in painting and even music and humanities. The Gond community almost have mostly different sort/kinds of art practice entrenched in their everyday lifestyle. they’re well-known for their visual art, commonly categorised as Gond Art or Gond Paintings. Many artists from the community work professionally within the field, but even amongst people who don’t, a dominant connection to art remains prevalent.


Some people do belief that within the Gond community that a decent image can earn good luck. This belief is visible within the houses of the community. Brightly painted walls, windows and even floors, replete with traditional icons and motifs are a moderate sight. Nearly in early 1980s, certain Pardhan Gonds began transforming and representing their rituals into a replacement tradition of figurative and narrative visual art while employing a style of modern mediums like paint on canvas, ink on paper, silkscreen prints among others. The stunning range of visual narrative depicts a spread of themes and stories. From mythological tales and oral histories to traditional songs, natural surroundings, important events, and rituals, the Gond Artists recreate the past with intense mastery of technique and profound intricacy. Gond paintings are also known for their rich detail, bright colours, embedded mystery and a taste of humour. therefor, these tribal artworks are not anything but outdated. Not only do contemporary Gond artists use modern materials and methods but they also brilliantly represent contemporary scenes and concerns while keeping faithful age-old traditions and magnificence.

the modern-period and age, Gond paintings are the maximum amount a part of a fashionable traditional Indian history as they’re in sync with current global trends. Gond Artists aren’t any longer faceless, nameless or no one is an unknown
artists but have made a mark with their own unique individual artistic identities within the global art market. Gond paintings can sell for anywhere between some thousand rupees to some lakhs.

Internationally acclaimed Gond Artist Jangarh Singh Shyam is acknowledged because the first Gond artist to use paper and canvas for his art. His talent and vision were so pervasive that he became a celebrated Gond Artist, exhibiting across the country and later was invited all different international
art and culture destinations all around the globe.


“The main dome of Bharat Bhawan in Bhopal is painted by Jangarh Singh Shyam and depicts the Gond Deity, Baradeo. Jangarh also painted the interiors of the Madhya Pradesh Vidhan Sabha and distributed the fee of Rs.7 lakhs that he received to his fellow artists and also the people of his village, despite the very
fact that he lived during a modest accommodation in Bhopal”.

One of the foremost captivating features of Gond art is its simplicity, both, in terms of the tools required to create the painting, as well as, the painting itself. A canvas or a cloth, or perhaps chart paper together with basic paint is all that’s required to start out making a Gond painting. The artists first zero-in on one theme or a straightforward subject so begin the method of painting.

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