Indigenous art from India
India is one of the ancient civilisations of the world and a geographically and spiritually vast country. These factors have been major contributing factors to the development of so many art forms in India. Even a brief visit to India amazes us with the everyday presence of art and craft. Much of India's traditional art and craft ethic is interwoven with the Indian people's spiritual practice and daily devotion.
Painting is one of the integral elements of the Indian art tradition, with pre-historic rock painting stretching back before 5500BC. Evidence of other large-scale mural painting has been found from this time, although the oldest evidence of smaller-scale Indian painting, similar to the artworks available on this site, is from the medieval period, around 600AD.
A number of Indian traditional art styles are under threat from lack of funding and the dwindling numbers of artists willing to take on what is often a financially precarious career. International recognition has been slow to arrive, despite the richness of many of the Indian indigenous painting traditions. It is astounding to many international collectors that Indian artists are often anonymous to the owners of their works, with very little evidence of the creator's identity. At Indigenous Indian, we hope to celebrate more widely the identity of our artists, with information included in the site regarding artist backgrounds as well as identifying and proving Madhubani provenance and authenticity.