Medium : Mixed Media
Size : 36" x 36"
Painting “Dancers” is a portrayal of the Dance festival called Navratri which is celebrated over the period of nine days during the autumn season. Navaratri is one of the main festivals of my home state - Gujarat, India. The celebration is marked by the group dances called Garba. Dance is accompanied by live orchestra and seasonal songs. This is a folk dance where people of different background and ages join in concentric circles. Many a time the circles reach the size of 100s, and sometimes 1000s of people.
Warli is a rudimentary painting style that uses a very basic graphic vocabulary: a circle, a triangle, and a square. The circle and triangle come from observation of nature; the circle representing sun and moon, the triangle derived from mountains and pointed trees. Only the square seems to obey a different logic and appears to be a human invention, indicating sacred enclosures or a piece of land. So the central motive in each ritual painting is the square.
Painting is done on 36" x 36" heavily textured canvas and characters are painted with Acrylics. The fine details are achieved with 000 brush. Please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The painting was published in Philadelphia Stories 2018 winter edition and was exhibited at the Free Library of Philadelphia as a part of One Story One Philadelphia.
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