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One of the largest tribal communities in South Asia, the Gonds, are mainly found in Madhya Pradesh and its surrounding States. Gond paintings which is mostly "two-dimensional" in style cover numerous themes such asÂ folk stories, religion, nature etc. Their artÂ may be bursting with flamboyant hues or more controlled, in the simple sophistication use of black and white. It is interesting to observe that Gond paintings bear a remarkable likeness to Australian aboriginal art as both forms use dots or lines as fillers. The artist Durga Bai has been transforming the communities ritual performing arts into a new tradition of figurative and narrative visual art: using a variety of modern media including acrylic paintings on canvas ink drawings on paper and has created depictions of the tribal natural and mythological worlds and oral histories.
This piece is a charcoal and pastel drawing on a 12x12 cradled wood panel. The work is sealed with varnish for protection and comes wired to hang.
An exercise in focus and precision, Zecca creates his origami-like Collage Radii by combining fragments of his drawings, which repeat sequences of steadied, handmade ink lines that radiate from a fixed point. These collage works can mounted on museum mat board and hung as a sculptural piece or laid flat and framed behind Plexiglas.
A funky artwork, a signature of Chicago artist & designer CJ HungermanÂ // Framed: 40x40x5 IN ; wood
In the artwork of emerging Chinese artist, James Chen-Feng Kao, he is interested in the combination of abstraction and "characters." He creates graphic characters and draws them using ink strokes inspired by Chinese calligraphy. He has created a pattern titled "Skullscape," which is a tessellation of geometric color shapes where each shape is an abstraction of the human skull; the top part of each shape is wider than the bottom part, and the shape is symmetrical. The "Skullscape" pattern is painted into his ink drawings as well as onto character sculptures. The abstract ink strokes and acylic color pattern add a layer of encoding, which draws the audience in. Jame's art lies in the moment of interaction between the viewers and the work: when the audience deciphers and realizes what they see is not what they expected.