Gond - Untitled 189

by Japani Shyam
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Size: 47 x 75 inches
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
  • ABOUT Japani Shyam

    Japani Shyam is the daughter and first-born of renowned Gond artist Jangarh Singh Shyam. Named after her late father’s first trip to Japan, during which time she was born, Japani started painting at a very young age, and won the Kamala Devi award when she was eleven years old. Just like her father, Japani also narrates stories from nature in her art, though in a distinct style of her own.

    After her father’s untimely passing when she was just 13, Japani took it upon herself to further Jangarh’s artistic legacy, and using the paints and brushes that her father had given her, she created her own vibrant, mystical world of Gond art. Her evocative artworks are beautiful depictions of birds, animals and nature, as well as Gond folklore and traditions.

    An acclaimed artist in her own right, Japani Shyam’s artworks have been displayed internationally, and her first solo exhibition opened at Gallerie Ganesha in New Delhi, in 2019. Japani’s mother, Nankusia Bai, and brother, Mayank Shyam, are also acclaimed Gond artists.

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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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