In today’s world we live in fast movement, if we want to live in complete calm the best thing is to literally move to the countryside. The place that needs us the most. As many species are dying and disappearing, which is a fact we tend to forget.  Not only for pollution on by the quantity of plastic we are consuming daily, but also because our cities are getting every day more tech advance and we are developing our lands and little by little, killing our mother earth.



Tales On Silk has this amazing collab with Santosh Maravi and I couldn’t say “no” to join. Santosh is not only a Gond artist, but his paintings also bring art to a conversation about today’s age. Most of his art has something to do with the disappearing of forests and/or animals losing their homes.

Gond paintings can best be described as “on line work”. The artist makes sure to draw the inner as well as outer lines with as much care as possible so that the perfection of the lines has an immediate effect on the viewer. Lines are used in such a way that it conveys a sense of movement to the still images. Dots and dashes are added to impart a greater sense of movement and increase the amount of detail.



Another very striking facet of Gond paintings has to be the use of bright vivid colors such as white, red, blue and yellow. The paints are usually derived naturally from objects such as charcoal, colored soil, plant sap, leaves, and even cow dung.

We know environmental art has existed since the Paleolithic ancestors began painting their adventures from the caves.  Many environmental issues facing society demand considerable public realization of whether to engage in debate or change opinion and behavior, pieces of art with a meaning can play a key role at micro scale, not only because they make you think, also because they arouse discussion around “what they mean” when someone asks “where did you get it” or when you come up with a “be careful” because of the meaning of the piece you are placing on your house space.

Following the Artwork Archive “With a work of art, you can sense the time, effort, and skill that went into its creation. You may have even gotten the chance to meet the artist in person or hear the story behind the work. Even if you haven’t met the artist in person, seeing the fingerprints, brush strokes or marks on the work serves as a reminder of the person behind the work of art” and that is totally true!

Interesting Facts

  • The Pardhan Gonds are singers and many paintings are visual depictions of these songs.
  • Gond paintings are popularly drawn during major festivals like Holi, Diwali, etc.
  • Gond paintings are of such good quality that it isn’t uncommon for them to last 20 years or so, without any external tampering.
  • It is said that Gond paintings resemble aboriginal art from Australia.
  • Gond paintings have also become quite common on wooden trays, boxes and other miscellaneous objects which have helped to increase its popularity and spread awareness.


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