REVIEW OF AN EXHIBITION OF PAINTINGS BY WELL KNOWN TRIBAL ARTISTS FROM MADHYA PRADESH
The exhibition was conducted in ‘Herwitz Gallery, Amdavad ni Gufa, Cept Campus, Ahmedabad on October 24 to November 1, 2009. This exhibition displayed paintings of six tribal artists of Madhya Pradesh. Nankushiya Shyam , Japani Shyam , Ram Singh Urveti , Narmada Prasad Tekam , Lado Bai and Bhuri Bai. Four of them belong to Gond Community and two belong to Bhil Community respectively.
The pattern of design is instinct and based on discovery of these tribal artists because they were not taught in any art school. As objects of these paintings, they took trees, animals, birds and reptiles as well. They used very vibrant colours. Paper and canvas are used. Acrylic colour is used on canvas and poster colour is used on paper.
In the work of Bhuri Bai, she made composition on canvas and few objects of these canvases, she has drawn on paper. Narmada Prasad has mostly drawn wild animals. Japani Shyam did cone work. She has drawn single object in one painting. They made designs in the object by dots and circular lines.
These paintings are expressing the culture of tribal. Some paintings are slightly lacking finishing. The composition on canvases is expressing the unity among them and great bonding between human and nature.