Gond - Untitled 43

by Mayank Shyam
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Size: 16.5 x 11.5 inches
Medium: Acrylic and Ink on Paper
  • ABOUT Mayank Shyam

    Born in 1987 to renowned Gond artists Jangarh Singh Shyam and Nankusia Bai, Mayank Shyam is an acclaimed Gond artist himself, and one of the youngest members of the Jangarh School. The young artist has his own distinct style of painting, and he often depicts modern cities infused with a Gond ethos. Mayank also frequently depicts birds in his paintings. Many of his works are black and white compositions, because he feels it is easy to draw attention with colour, but challenging to do it with black alone, which is what he strives to do.

    Already making a mark in the art world, Mayank Shyam was featured in the book 'Freedom Sixty Years After Indian Independence,’ in 2007, along with Rabindranath Tagore, Paramjit Singh, Arpita Singh, Jamini Roy and other contemporary Indian artists. Mayank has participated in multiple workshops and group shows and has also had his artworks displayed by one of the world’s top auction houses, Sotheby’s, New York. In 2006, he was conferred with the state award by the Hasta Shilpa Evam Hathkargha Vikas Nigam, Bhopal.

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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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