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Title

Yellow tiger

1992


Artist

Teju

India

circa 1950 -


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.

Teju belongs to the Pauva caste, also known as Jogi or Bharathari. Traditionally their profession was to wake people at dawn, by singing. Painting was done directly onto the walls of domestic dwellings and Teju is well known for her many murals on cow-dung and clay walls in Delhi and Udaipur.

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. This acted as a catalyst for many Adivasi painters who found new subjects and mediums for painting.

Teju for example, was encouraged by the Baroda School painter, Haku Shah to begin drawing on paper. She first began drawing on paper and first showed her works on paper in 1985 at the Crafts Museum in Delhi and later at the Volkenkundemuseum, Zurich University, 1992 and 'Prakriti', Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, 1993. She often portrays herself in her work and is directly inspired by the things around her, her house, children and Hindu beliefs. While Teju's art does not derive from a particular 'Adivasi' style, it nevertheless displays influences from Rhajastani painting and represents a contemporary style of folk painting.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, April 2016


Details


Place where the work was made

India


Date

1992


Media category

Painting


Materials used

poster colour on paper


Dimensions

56.5 x 71.5 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1993


Location

Not on display


Accession number

352.1993


Artist information

Teju

Works in the collection

2


Place

Where the work was made
India

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Victoria Lynn, India Songs: multiple streams in contemporary Indian art, Sydney, 1993, 48, 49 (colour illus.), 54. cat no. 60