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An engineer by education, and a Gond artist by profession, Dhavat Singh has grown up listening to folk tales. He translates some of these tales about the tiger in his paintings, stretching the boundaries of traditional Gond art. Open to experiments and newer ideas, Singh plays with scale, palette and form in Tiger Tales, trying to put a visual form to the myths and folklore surrounding the tiger as told by the Baiga tribe. Most of the stories are about their reactions and interactions with the tiger in their daily life. Singh sees himself as more of a contemporary artist using traditional skills. Through his work he also wants to bring to the forefront the plight of the tiger and the diminishing numbers in our forests.
About Gond Art
Tribal Art has an immediacy that few other art forms can boast of. In the words of the artists themselves they believe it to be a celebration of their own being.
Derived from Lore , the artists immediate environment & now exposure to to turban culture , these artists convey their ideas in a simple , organic visual language , untouched by the layers of formal Pedagogy
Their belief system is based on the sacredness of their environment - it being the source of their livelihood and nature . Their world is populated with their co - occupiers viz animals , birds and insects , who occupy their lore , art and music.
This allows them to develop their own visual rules of engaging with themselves & the viewer . They create their own color palettes , rules of perspective and composition.
What emerges are charming art expressions , all in their own language.