Exploring India Folk and Tribal Art: Gond Painting step by step

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The Gond tribal community is one of central India’s largest indigenous communities and their art is an expression of their everyday quest for life. The Gond art rendezvous with the belief that “viewing a good image begets good luck”. This inherent belief led the Gonds to decorating their houses and the floors with traditional tattoos and motifs. However, Gondi art has since transposed onto paper and canvass with talented artists showcasing their skills. Language of the soul is expressed in the brilliant hues of Gondi art. The signature styles are the essence of this tribal art form and are intrinsically used to fill the surface of their decorative patterns and motifs. The allusiveness and individualism of each Gond artist is defined by these signature styles


Gond art is characterized by paintings of simple everyday creatures – birds, cows, elephants, trees and painted using natural colors. The tribal art is characterized by the double lined outlines and squiggles and dots.  I used acrylic on paper & used match sticks to place the dots. Alternatively kids can use ear buds to place the dots. Isn’t this style similar to the aboriginal art style of Australia?

Exploring India Folk and Tribal Art: Gond Painting 

Exploring India Folk and Tribal Art: Gond Painting
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Exploring India Folk and Tribal Art: Gond Painting

*Again a quickie project… kindly ignore the mistakes

‘Painted Stories’ is what the tribal art form of the Pardhan Gond’s is popularly known as. Originally painted as symbols of good fortune on the walls of the Gond dwellings, this fabulous art-form  has now found a uniquely contemporary expression in brilliant acrylic hues on paper and canvas.

While on this subject, explore the works of famous Gond artists –

The first Gond artist to gain national recognition was Jangarh Singh Shyam 

In Narmada Prasad Tekam’s painting, plants and animals share equal footing; These detailed works contain everyday creatures, recognizable in their presence.

Durga Bai’s works, which have been widely exhibited in India and abroad, show a dynamism and movement within the picture that is unique to her. Brightly hued, hers are narratives of folk tales and deities, of goddesses remembered.

You can try more patterns like this via

There are different styles and patterns.. a really nice book is 
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  1. Shruti, the bird looks stunning. Can make it 3-D, with pattens on both sides. It will look nice hanging from something.

  2. Very cool idea Shruti. I should try it sometime. BTW you’re tagged. Come visit and find out…can’t wait for you to take it up 🙂

  3. shruti,am happy to be a part of Artsy craftsy challenge . learnt lot of new styles of painting through this . Thank you dear . Awesome painting .

  4. @UTBT: 🙂 .. No patience… This was completed in 10 mins flat.. while lil p doodled with her stone.
    @Emreen: 🙂 Thanks. and don’t forget to share the pics
    @Shama – Thank you..
    @Divs: I’m hopeless with tags divs 🙁

  5. Interesting to know about a unique art form originating from central India. The eye-striking and colorful art photographs in your post depicts the richness of the Gond art. Thanks for introducing such a wonderful art form to your readers.