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(India 1968 – )

Agriculture in different seasons
Place of origin
Cultural origin
The term Adivasi (original inhabitants) is the preferred term for referring to the tribal peoples of India and their art. This artist belongs to the Varli tribe of Maharashtra.
Contemporary (Adivasi, tribal or folk) circa 1950 - onwards → India
Media category
Materials used
rice paste and poster colour on paper

58.5 x 91.1 cm sheet

Signature & date
Signed l.r. corner, in Devanagari script, white poster colour, "Minakshi Vasukhe Vayeda". Not dated.
Purchased 1993
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

Here you see the cycle of agricultural activity that takes place during the year: ploughing the soil, sowing the seed, harvesting the crop and threshing the grain. The painting has the diagrammatic quality of a pictogram but is rendered with an exquisite attention to detail that captures the nuances of everyday life. The artist's eye for detail and delight in celebrating everyday events, weaving them into larger compositions, distinguishes Minakshi's art practice. The distinctive hand of the artist is significant in a context where the images and designs of folk and tribal artists can be readily commodified.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.55.

Bibliography (3)

Victoria Lynn, India Songs: multiple streams in contemporary Indian art, Sydney, 1993, 42, 54. no. 45

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Contemporary Painting in Urban and Village India', Sydney, 2003, 55 (colour illus.).

Haema Sivanesan, Indian painting, 'Indian Painting', verso of poster., Sydney, 2001. 5.10

Exhibition history (3)

India Songs, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 01 Apr 1993–09 May 1993

Indian Painting, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Apr 2001–11 Jun 2001

Indian Folk Paintings and Textiles, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 29 May 2004–04 Jul 2004