Gond - Untitled 107

by Manoj Tekam
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Size: 22 x 15 inches
Medium: Pen and Ink on Paper
Year: 2022
  • ABOUT Manoj Tekam

    Born in 1986, Manoj Tekam is a talented Gond artist who has worked under the watchful eye of renowned Gond artist Bhajju Shyam. As is common amongst Gond artists, Manoj draws his inspiration from the wildlife and forests surrounding him, replicating the vibrant hues and rich textures seen in their community. He also enjoys working with a monochrome palette, with many of his works are completed using just black ink. Manoj, after working with Bhajju Shyam for a few years, decided to settle back into rural life. He visits cities only when he needs to purchase material for his art, much preferring the tranquility of his village where he can work without disturbance.

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  • ABOUT Gond Art

    Among the largest tribes in India, the Gonds have a recorded history that goes back 1400 years. The Gonds are present in significant numbers in Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Odisha, and their art is loved by connoisseurs of culture.

    The Gonds believe that a good image brings good luck, and it is this belief that can be found at the root of Gond art. Concerned with warding off evil and ushering in good luck, they decorate their houses with traditional tattoos and motifs.

    For the Gond, everything is intimately connected to nature, and Gond paintings feature motifs that depict their beliefs and rituals, life in the village, and man’s remarkable relationship with nature. Renowned for their vibrant colours and imaginative use of lines and dots, Gond artworks today are made using natural colours sourced from soil, plants, charcoal and cow dung, as well as acrylic paints.

    Jangarh Singh Shyam was India’s most noted Gond artist, who passed away in 2001. Several members of his family are renowned Gond artists, including his wife, Nankusia Shyam, children Mayank Shyam and Japani Shyam, brother in law Subhash Vyam and his wife, Durga Bai.

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