This is a multi-color Gond art showcasing two deer trying to eat leaves from a tree branch. A symbolic depiction of a beautiful relationship between wild life and the nature. The focal point of the painting is how wild life is nurtured by mother nature. For the artist of this painting Ramesh Tekam, inspiration comes from every corner, be it a wild animal or a flower or just a tree near his home. “We draw what we see and experience.”
Fine lines, dashes and dots in a various shades and patterns are used in this painting. The Gonds are among the largest tribes in Central India. Though predominantly centered in Madhya Pradesh, they are present in significant numbers in the states of Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Odisha. They paint their walls with vibrant depictions of local flora, fauna and gods. The figures are filled up with intricate lines and dots in this painting. Each artist has his or her own unique patterns or way of detailing - fish scales and drops of water, a line of creeping spiders, the mark of a plough on a field, the crescent moon, young shoots in a paddy field. That pattern becomes their signature and reveals the Gonds’ continuing bond with nature, a reflection of their culture where life and spirituality are inseparable from the forest and its inhabitants.
This painting is the original work of renowned Gond artist, Ramesh Tekam. It is done on paper base made using acrylic and permanent ink.