Indian Art – Gond Tribal Paintings

I’ve just seen this interesting Facebook page about one of my favourite forms of Indian art: Gond Tribal Paintings, you can see it at:

There are some wonderful images of this painting style and I especially like the title of this book: The Night Life of Trees.

Gond Painting - Night Life of Trees

On their blog there are some beautiful images of Gond paintings but, since they have copyright, here are some from our Indian Paintings pages.

Gond Drawing of a Tree, Two Figures and a Snake Multicoloured Gond Mystical Painting Multicoloured Gond Fertility Tree Painting Gond Tribal Drawing of a Tree of Birds


Indian art takes many forms, as you expect from a country of that size and diversity and a population close to one billion. Almost all the different communities have their own art forms which in some cases, like the Gond, transcend local taste and values.

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 believe that viewing a good image brings good luck. This belief  led the Gonds to decorate their houses and floors with traditional motifs. Recently the Gond people have started painting onto paper and canvas and talented artists have become recognised in galleries in Bhopal and Delhi. The filling in of the outline shapes with tiny detailed motifs is a characteristic of individual Gond artists.

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