"Tribal Tales" an exhibition of paintings by Jangarh Singh & Japani Shyam at Gallerie Ganesha, E-557, Greater Kailash-II > 11am to 6pm on 18th December 2014 to 20th January 2015

Time : 11:00 am - 6:00 pm (Sunday Closed) Add to Calendar 18-12-2014 11:00:00 20-01-2014 18:00:00 68 "Tribal Tales" an exhibition of paintings by Jangarh Singh & Japani Shyam Event Page : http://goo.gl/z3BI9M Gallerie Ganesha, E-557, Greater Kailash-II, New Delhi-110048 DD/MM/YYYY - Exhibition on View

Entry : Free

Venue: Gallerie Ganesha, E-557, Greater Kailash-II, New Delhi-110048
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Event Description : Gallerie Ganesha presents "Tribal Tales" an exhibition of paintings by Jangarh Singh and Japani Shyam.

Jangarh Singh Shyam was one of the most celebrated folk artists of our country. He showed his works at the prestigious ‘Magicians of the Earth’ exhibition at Pompidou Centre in Paris alongside leading Western artists such as Francesco Clemente. He painted the interiors of the Madhya Pradesh Vidhan Sabha and the dome at Bhopal’s Bharat Bhavan, one of the most prestigious museums of tribal and contemporary Indian art. Even after his tragic death in Tokyo, Japan at the age of 39, the young artist went on to leave a permanent impression in the minds of the discerning art audience. No wonder then, the Sotheby’s auction of South Asian Art in New York in 2010 featured a canvas by him, first for any folk artist from India. In Saffronart’s auction of folk and tribal art in 2012, his work was the most expensive priced at Rs 9 lakh.

The show includes twenty works.
Jangarh Singh Shyam, born in 1962, belonged to the Gond tribe of Madhya Pradesh. As a boy who lived in the jungles of Mandla in Madhya Pradesh, he was discovered by the legendary J. Swaminathan, who brought him to Roopankar Museum in Bhopal and introduced him to the modernist mainstream. Shyam not only made the difficult transition from tribal to urban life-style but gained almost instant recognition.
Says Shobha Bhatia, Director, Gallerie Ganesha, “From his hometown where he created mural paintings on walls to his last works before his sudden death in 2001, he continued to evolve and his creativity is worthy of the greatest names in contemporary art. His style is characterised by a feeling of intense vibration and the cohesion of his work reveals both the animist culture of Gond tribe and one of the foundations of Indian thought.”
From his early work that exhibited a raw and expressive touch, to his latest refined artworks replete with a fabulous graphic mastery, Jangarh Singh Shyam’s career demonstrates exceptional creativity. Whether at the Surajkund Mela or the Pompidou Centre, he blazed a trail of colour and form. His works were collected among others by Pompidou Art Centre, Paris; Saitagawa Museum, Tokyo and Municipal Museum, Arnhem, Holland. He was also one of the five included in the “Other Masters: Five Contemporary Folk and Tribal Artists” exhibition held in 1998.

How this talent was discovered is a story in itself. With the intent to build a collection of tribal art in Bhopal, an Indian collective led by J. Swaminathan began a study tour in the 80’s. During their visit in the Mandla District, the painted walls of a house held their attention. The creator of these paintings was Jangarh Singh Shyam, who was then a teenager blessed with an outstanding pictorial style. He used to decorate the walls of the huts in his village with mud relief, using his paint-dipped fingertips to add colour to his works. Swaminathan asked him to paint on paper using ordinary poster colours. It was a turning point in Shyam’s artistic life.

Jangarh Singh Shyam, only 17 at the time, adapted the traditional Gond style of painting into a unique amalgam of traditional and modern imagery (gods, animals as well as aeroplanes found place in his paintings). He made the transition from painting on walls to paper quite effortlessly. His brilliant use of bright colours along with dots and free-flowing lines impressed Swaminathan, who invited him to Bhopal to create murals in the Charles Correa-designed arts complex, Bharat Bhavan.
In a short span of time, the talented artist formed the new visual idiom, a legacy now being carried forward by his family. He pioneered a visual vocabulary replete with fascinating figures, intricate patterns and vibrant colours.

His works were shown in art shows and festivals both in India and abroad, including a successful showing at the Paris’ Centre Pompidou. The Madhya Pradesh government bestowed on him the highest state award, the Shikhar Samman, in 1986.
In the meanwhile, back in his village, more artists have begun to paint in adaptations of his style, which has come to be recognised as the Gond style of painting. More significantly, his wife and son also began painting in styles similar to his. In fact, Jangarh Singh Shyam named his daughter Japani after his visit to Japan which was one of his favourite countries.
Born in 1988, Japani started painting at a very early age and she says her father would always encourage her to paint the way she wanted and never criticized her work. She feels that is the reason why she began to paint with confidence and in 1999. At the age of eleven, she was given the Kamala Devi Award.
Japani’s main motif is the world of animals and birds, their struggle for food, their sense of camaraderie, their different mood. Another motif is the world of rituals, beliefs among the Gonds which she was exposed to when she went to the villages of Pantangarh and Sonpur, where her parents Jangarh Singh Shyam and Nankusia Shyam came from. Being a city bred girl, she looks at them from a distance and at the same time she feels she is a part of them. Like her brother Mayankh, she has also painted on the world of Baigas, who are still very much an integral part of nature. She has imbibed the use of colour and form from her father and continues to experiment with and express it in her creations.

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"Tribal Tales" an exhibition of paintings by Jangarh Singh & Japani Shyam at Gallerie Ganesha, E-557, Greater Kailash-II > 11am to 6pm on 18th December 2014 to 20th January 2015 "Tribal Tales" an exhibition of paintings by Jangarh Singh & Japani Shyam at Gallerie Ganesha, E-557, Greater Kailash-II > 11am to 6pm on 18th December 2014 to 20th January 2015 Reviewed by Delhi Events on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 Rating: 5

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