Bhuri Bai, Acrylic on Paper, 22 x 15 inches

Bhil Art

Bhil art is form that adds to the rich oeuvre of indigenous art in Central India. Bhils are the second largest tribal community of India mainly residing in parts of Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra. In the centuries old tradition, the Bhil folk would paint their clay walls with sticks, twigs and natural dyes to create fascinating frescoes in their unique, instinctive way to convey their state of mind and experiences. To look at a Bhil painting is to look inside their homes. A Bhil painting consists of eccentric colour combinations that always seem to work. Large, lifelike figures of people and animals are filled with even-sized dots, much like the pointillism technique of the West. More recently, images of buses, scooters, etc. owing to the technological advancement are also seen represented in the works. Some artists from the community, like Bhuri Bai, Lado Bai, Ram Singh, amongst others have exhibited exhaustively and their works are famous in the international art collection circuits.