Dhavat Singh Uikey

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Dhavat Singh Uikey did an M. Tech and was working as a professional before discovering the world of Gond art. When he got married to the daughter of acclaimed Gond artist, Jangarh Singh Shyam, he was suddenly surrounded by people painting all day. While he had admired Jangarh’s work earlier, he had never painted before in his life. But once he realized his talent and passion, he decided to become a professional Gond artist and has not looked back.

Dhavat Singh (aka Dhawat Singh) pushes the boundaries of traditional Gond art by exploring and experimenting with the artform. He draws from the ancient artistic traditions of the Gond people, and uses them in his artworks. The folk tales that the artist grew up listening to are beautifully translated into his paintings. Singh weaves traditional techniques, beliefs and imagery with modern materials and visual culture. Always open to new ideas and regarding himself as a contemporary artist using traditional skills, Singh plays with the scale, palette and form of his exquisite paintings and drawings. Through his stunning and evocative art, Singh visualises the myths and folklore surrounding forest-dwelling animals as told by the Baiga tribe – an ethnic group found primarily in the state of Madhya Pradesh.

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