Gond art originates from Gond tribal community in central India. The tribal believed that viewing good image brings good luck & hence they painted their house & floors with traditional motifs.

The differentiating style of Gond painting is use of fine line, dot & dashes in traditional motifs like animals & plants. Gond paintings have numerous themes including folk stories, nature, religion etc. The paintings could be flamboyant and colorful or could be simple and sophisticated in black and white.

The Gonds, the largest Adivasi Community in India are of Dravidian origin and can be traced to the pre-Aryan era. Gond Tribal Painting is done by Gondi people who live in parts of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh & Orissa in India. Majority of the artists who paint in Gond style come from a village called Patangarh in the Mandla District of Madhya Pradesh, India.

Originally Gond painting were done on house walls & floors but Jangarh Singh Shyam was the first Gond artist to use paper and canvas for his art. He took this tribal art to the world.

  1. Wooden frame to which canvas or paper is fixed
  2. Drawing pins
  3. Brushes & pens
  4. Canvas
  5. Paper
  6. Primer: Fevicol and plastic emulsions
  7. Acrylic paint

  1. Choosing the Theme
    Traditional themes of life, or animal and plant depictions. Many of the same designs are used on village walls as on canvas or paper.

    Preparing the Canvas
    The artist cuts the canvas into the desired size and stretches the canvas over a wooden frame, straightening it with drawing pins. A coat of Fevicol is applied to the canvas, followed by one to three coast of plastic emulsion to provide a smooth surface. Once dry, it can be painted. A paper surface is immediately ready for paint. Artists use acrylic paint and drawing pens to apply color or keep the image black and white.

    Painting
    While the canvas is still affixed to the frame, the artist begins to apply paint using brushes of different widths or uses pens to apply ink. Some colors have specific associations with emotions. Orange depicts religious thoughts, red depicts fear, and green is associated with nature, for example.

    …… From http://www.aiacaonline.org/craftmark-certified-processes-gond-painting.asp?links=craftm6