Jangarh Singh Shyam
1961 - 2001
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.
watercolour on paper
117.9 x 150.0 cm
Gift of Elaine Baker. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program 2019.
Not on display
© Jangarh Singh Shyam
Shown in 1 exhibition
India Songs, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 01 Apr 1993–09 May 1993
Referenced in 1 publication
Victoria Lynn, India Songs: multiple streams in contemporary Indian art, Sydney, 1993, 53. cat no. 41