Signed ???Japani??? (lower right)
Acrylic on canvas
201 cm x 483.9 cm   |  79.25 in x 190.5 in
From the personal collection of T.A.Satyapal
StoryLTD Ref No: 55023


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Gond is a form of Indian folk and tribal art named after the largest tribe of central India with the same name. The word Gond is a derivation of the konda word meaning green hill which consists of parts of Madhya Pradesh, Chattishgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Orissa. The inspiration behind Gond art is almost always nature and social customs represented through a repetitive patterning of dots and dashes. Each artist uses this patterning to create his or her own signature style while choosing colour schemes and subjects that are indicative of the communities they represent. The forest and its creatures are a major theme in Gond art. The community's myths inspire artists to create images with a certain "royal" character, which it is perhaps possible to interpret as an artefact of a time when the Gonds ruled much of central India. The largeness of each creature and tree, irrespective of the size of the canvas, is related to this and to the reality of a landscape once densely populated with wildlife with which humans interacted closely. Today, Gond artists are able to mobilize this history to create a wide variety of art that manifests specific forms of knowledge and experience, which they represent in identifiable pictorial styles. Gond art's repertoire of birds, animals and folklore are still a part of their animistic beliefs even as they travel far from home.

Japani Shyam was born in 1988 in Bhopal. She is the daughter of the famous Gond artist, the late Jangarh Singh Shyam. She has received the Kamala Devi award for her skills in art during her childhood. She has exhibited her works in all the major places in India like Delhi, Mumbai, Kerala etc.

The featured lot depicts an average day inthe life of a person. The hustle bustle of daily life is depicted beautifully by the artist. The artist has successfully juxtaposed both life in the village and life in the city on the same canvas. There is an invisible line of demarcation that vertically divides the work into two. While the left panel of the lot depicts life in the city, the right panel of the work depicts life in the village. The artist has tried to capture all the significant events of a person’s life like children playing, people travelling, couples making love, families dining, families sitting together, farmers working in a field. The most striking feature of this lot is how the artist has depicted the various forms of transport in the same space. The artist hasdepicted a bullock cart, which is the most the basic to an aeroplane, which is the most advanced type of transport.

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