Gond Art: Dots, Lines, Colors – IndiaWest


Gond art is a well-known Indian folk and tribal art, as well as one of the pearls of our cultural heritage. Rajendra Kumar Shyam’s calm and modest demeanor is inextricably linked to his bold and almost well-balanced Gond style of painting.

Kumar’s Gond art represents a tangible vocabulary fueled by archival impulse, with canvases filled with perfectly symmetrical and intricate compositions that tell elaborate stories about Gond culture and depict images of rural life.

His paintings are done in earth tones or primary colors such as red, green, yellow and black, all of which have long been associated with the Gond community and have traditional meanings. These paintings are meant to be used not only for decoration, but also to express spiritual and religious beliefs.

Brilliant colors and beautiful dot and line patterns are used in the paint to create incredible appeal. Rajendra’s Gond painting technique is depicted in a jumble of dashes and dots. The collage is made up of vibrant images of animals and plants that articulate folk art in black and white and a distinct color. This work of art is filled with color, humor, detail and ambiguity. The images were subject to thematic experimentation and creativity, with combinations of plants, animals, birds, nature, folklore and pattern fills such as dashes, dots, curves, etc

The art begins with creating an outline and filling in black tints; the patterns are developed after the art has dried. The Tree of Life is a major theme in Gond art. Many themes highlight the connection between the tree of life, animals and other elements. For example, the fable of the peacock with bad feet is frequently associated with a theme. According to the story, the peacock, despite its beautiful plumage, is complete only with its oversized little paws.

This art is not only decorative but also an essential part of Gond tribal life. It is a reflection on their cultural environment, and as such, it is inextricably linked to its other components, such as dance, theater and music, as well as to their daily life. The Gonds are one of the largest tribes in India, with strongholds in Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Odisha. (IANS)


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