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Peacock and snake



Jangarh Singh Shyam


1961 – 2001

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Patangarh village Mandla District Madhya Pradesh India
    Cultural origin
    Pardhan Gond community
    Media categories
    Painting , Drawing
    Materials used
    watercolour on paper
    117.9 x 150.0 cm
    Purchased with funds provided by the David George Wilson Bequest for Asian Art 2019
    Naala Nura, ground level, Asian Lantern galleries
    Accession number
    © Estate of Jangarh Singh Shyam

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  • 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.

    As a response to drought and wide spread changed living conditions during the 1980s 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 practices.This acted as a catalyst for many Adivasi painters who found new subjects and mediums for painting. 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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

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

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

  • Provenance

    Jangarh Singh Shyam, 1992, India, produced by and property of the artist.

    Elaine Baker, May 1993-2019, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, purchased after the India Songs exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 1994. Purchased by the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, June 2019.

Other works by Jangarh Singh Shyam

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