Acrylic on canvas
Dimensions: 88.9cm (H) x 68.6cm (W) / 35" (H) x 27" (W)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
The Warli Painting tradition in Maharashtra are among the finest examples of the folk style of paintings. The Warli tribe is one of the largest in India, located outside of Mumbai. Despite being close to one of the largest cities in India, the Warli reject much of contemporary culture. Warli paintings of Maharashtra revolve around the marriage of God Palghat.The style of Warli painting was not recognised until the 1970s, even though the tribal style of art is thought to date back as early as 10th century A.D. The Warli culture is centered on the concept of Mother Nature and elements of nature are often focal points depicted in Warli painting. Farming is their main way of life and a large source of food for the tribe. They greatly respect nature and wildlife for the resources that they provide for life. Warli artists use their clay huts as the backdrop for their paintings, similar to how ancient people used cave walls as their canvases.
Jivya Soma Mashe, the artist in Thane district has played a great role in making the Warli paintings more popular. He has been honoured with a number of national and central level awards for his paintings. In the year 2011, he was awarded Padmashree.
Based in: Maharashtra
Hailing from a village in the state of Maharashtra, the artist Anil Chaitya Vangad has been in the field of painting for the past seventeen years. The popular motifs of Warli paintings like Gods, Goddesses, wedding affairs, tarpa dance, to name a few, come alive in the paintings done by Vangad. The indigenous art is all about oral traditions where folktales and myth gain major attention for the artists. Vangad gaining tradition knowledge about his art practice from his mother deploys tradition mediums of gerue, rice paste, and charcoal and cow dung along with contemporary material like synthetic paints and dyes.
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