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Title

Goddess

1992


Artist

Jangarh Singh Shyam

India

1961 - 2001


About

The original inhabitants of India are most correctly described by the umbrella term Adivasi. Under this term a large number of communities exist with different social, religious and artistic practises. Jangarh Singh Shyam was born into the community of Gond people who are one of the largest indigenous groups in India.

During the 1980’s the Bharat Bhavan arts centre located in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh encouraged local and international curators and artists to visit Adivasi communities as a way of promoting their cultural practises.
Raised within a family of bards, Jangarh Singh Shyam’s talent as an artist was 'discovered' by the renowned Indian modernist painter J Swaminath. As a young man he made the transition from village life to work in Bhopal and went on to feature in major international exhibitions.

In the village environment Gond paintings were painted directly onto walls to illustrate folk lore and celebrate important social events. On the international scene, Jangarh Singh Shyam was able to translate the songs and stories of his people into exquisitely rendered paintings on paper.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, April 2016


Details


Place where the work was made

Madhya Pradesh India


Date

1992


Media category

Watercolour


Materials used

watercolour on paper


Dimensions

144 x 109.8 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1993


Location

Not on display


Accession number

347.1993


Artist information

Jangarh Singh Shyam

Works in the collection

2


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Victoria Lynn, India Songs: multiple streams in contemporary Indian art, Sydney, 1993, 53. cat no. 39