Venkat Raman Singh SHYAM
Pardhan Gond people,India b. 1970
Under the tree 2015
Synthetic polymer paint on canvas
91.5 x 122cm
Courtesy: The artist
The practice that has come to be called Gond art traces its origins to the cave paintings in Bhimbetka, Central India, about 25,000 years old. The Gonds and other indigenous communities, who live by the dense forests and small hills along the river Narmada, turned to doing murals and reliefs—dighna and chowka—using natural dyes and pigments on the walls of their homes. Such art faded with time. New art replaced the old with the change of seasons, marriage, birth, death or a festival. What the world today knows as Gond art, works you can hang on a wall or see in a book, is a recent phenomenon that emerged only in the 1980s thanks to the pioneer Jangarh Singh Shyam, Venkat’s uncle, who emerged as Rembrandt-like figure from the community.
In this workshop, Venkat will explain the distinctive relationship between the line and dot in Gond art, its connection to the musical tradition of the Bana, and how all this has come to be adapted and re-imagined today with a variety of ‘signatures’. You may not emerge as a Gond artist at the end of this day-long workshop but you will develop kinship with magic.
Date: Thursday 3 August Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm Where: Byron School of Art, 112 Dalley St, Mullumbimby Cost: $140 General / $120 Members