Deer of the Forest

Artist: Rajendra Kumar Shyam

Size - 13.5"h x 11"w

Acrylic and Ink on Paper


About the Art

Like the Hindu culture worship of many gods and goddess and belief with supernatural powers are common among the Gonds too. One of the largest tribal communities in South Asia, the Gonds, are mainly found in Madhya Pradesh and its surrounding States. Gond paintings which is mostly “two-dimensional” in style cover numerous themes such as folk stories, religion, nature etc. Their art may be bursting with flamboyant hues or more controlled, in the simple sophistication use of black and white. It is interesting to observe that Gond paintings bear a remarkable likeness to Australian aboriginal art as both forms use dots or lines as fillers. The artist has been transforming the communities ritual performing arts into a new tradition of figurative and narrative visual art: using a variety of modern media including acrylic paintings on canvas ink drawings on paper and has created depictions of the tribal natural and mythological worlds and oral histories.


About the Artist

Rajendra Kumar Shyam, an established Gond artist was born in Patangarh on July 20, 1982. The Gonds are a folk indigenous to the Gondwana region in Central India. They express themselves through song, dance, and festivals. Their art form draws from the wildlife and forests surrounding them, and replicates the vibrant hues and rich textures seen in their community. Shyam took to the Gondi style at an early age. He has participated in "Gond Painters Camp" organised by Lalit Academy Kerala. His works are collected all over.


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