Gond Painting is the beautiful form of folk tribal art, which was & is practiced by one of the largest tribes in India, with whom they share its name. The word Gond comes from the Dravidian expression Kond which means ‘The Green Mountain’. Basically, Gond Painting are considered to be originated from Madhya Pradesh, but it also quite familiar in Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, and Orrisa. The Art has become so predominant, that the Indian Government has intervened to preserve their art form for future generations to enjoy.
Paintings were quite popular among the Gond People. They have a belief that that viewing a good image begets good luck. This belief led the Gond people to decorate the walls as well as the floor of their houses with traditional tattoos and motifs. Also, Gond Paintings were used by Gond People as a way to record their history. The painting in the region has been happening from a very long time from 1400 years ago.
The source of inspiration was many things. Like according to them everything, whether it is a hill, river, rock or a tree, is inhabited by a spirit and, consequently, is sacred. So Gond People paint them as a form of respect and remembrance. These paintings are a reflection of man’s very close connection with all the natural surroundings. And although, while a majority of Gond paintings do take inspiration from nature, it isn’t the only source of inspiration.
The art form includes or can be described as “on line work”. The artist first draws the inner line and as well as outer lines. These lines are used in such a way that it gives a meaning and movement to the still images. Dots and dashes are added to impart a greater sense of movement and increase the amount of detail. Another amazing thing about these paintings is that the painting must have bright vivid colors such as white, red, blue and yellow.