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INDIAN ART MARKET
The market for modern and contemporary Indian art, almost non existent until the late 1990s, has seen remarkable growth similar to that of its economic development. Historical figures of gond tribal art and folk art from India, yet under estimated, should perform in the next future in line with the greatest tribal artists from Africa and Oceania, while now the gap in the prices of these genres of art is still huge. The quoted value of the contemporary Indian art is showing an impressive growth; a gond folk art painting on paper was sold for 18.000 £ at Sotheby's London in July 2010.
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EMERGING TRIBAL ARTISTS
Bhuri Baiis an artist of the Adivasi Lok Kala Academy based in Bhopal. She has received in 1986 the highest award Shikhar Sanman from the Government of Madhya Pradesh. In 1998, government of Madhya Pradesh honoured her with the Ahalya Sanman. Ram Singh Urveti has been working in IGRMS for the last 20 years. He was inspired by Jangarh Shyam, the uncle of Urveti's wife. Ram Singh Urveti and his family arrived in town of Bhopal in early '90 and they lived with Jangarh Singh Shyam until 1997. Ram Singh Urveti's main subject is trees which appear in many forms in big number of paintings. A publication about his paintings of trees has been published by the Adivasi Lok Kala Academy in Bhopal. Bhajju Shyam's London Jungle Book, recently published has made him popular in many countries. His book explains his reactions responses to the cultural experience of living in London, which he interprets in the Gond Art style. Bhajju Shyam worked with Durga Bai and Ram Singh Urveti on Tara Publishing's The Night Life of Trees which won in Italy the Bolognaragazzi Award. One day Rajendra Shyam showed his gond tribal art paintings to Shampa Shah and she told him: "You had better leave your job and take up painting full time". It was not until 2007 that he was able to act on her advice. Rajendra is a full fledged artist now, interested in creating paintings about village life and the enchanting tales he heard from the old storyteller around the fire, in the forest. Suresh Dhrube has been showcasing his works together with other Gond tribal artists, all over India, but the exhibition which is very important to him was the one held in Bharat Bhawan. It is Suresh Dhrube, after Jangarh Singh Shyam, whose over 30 gond tribal art paintings were exhibited as a solo. When Dilip Shyam was awarded with the Jangarh Singh Shyam Price in 2008, he was extremely happy. It was like when a dream become reality; he had always wanted to be an inspired folk art artist like his uncle Jangarh.
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SAFFRONART'S ART SALE
New Delhi, Five works of late Gond artist Jangarh Singh Shyam fetched Rs 21.25 lakh at online auction house Saffronart's first sale of Indian Folk and Tribal Art and Objects that realised a total of Rs 51.06 lakh. The auction, the latest in Saffronart's series of 24-hour sales, showcased a selection of unique artworks and artefacts representative of the contemporary visual culture and artistic practices of the country's many folk and tribal groups. Of the total 75 lots on offer, 44 were sold. Besides Shyam, the auction also featured exceptional works by other Gond artists like Nankusia Shyam, Shanti Bai and Ram Singh Urveti, as well as works by renowned Warli artist Jivya Soma Mashe and other tribal artists like Bhuri Bai and Pushpa Kumari. One of the significant works featured in this auction was a wooden Theyyam dancer's headgear from Kerala, which fetched Rs 2.74 lakh. The art market for contemporary Indian tribal and folk arts is still nascent, and with this sale we offered collectors an opportunity to acquire original works of art by some of India's most talented folk and tribal artists and craftspeople.
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