Graffiti has brought colorful art to the street walls. Even in old and abandoned buildings, graffiti brings back life to it. With new and talented artists showing up every day, graffiti has taken bold steps towards becoming leading stream art.
Graffiti has had a rough past, initially only involving tagging and wildly associated with street guns. It began to be seen as a form of art in the 1980s and slowly found its way into art galleries.
Indian art and graffiti are, however, taking baby steps to get to this point.
People in India still struggle to understand why someone will use their own money to paint a wall they do not own. Unlike the USA, where graffiti has been seen as anti-establishment, it’s treated as aesthetic art while it began in India.
Underground street art has seen a steady growth diverting from stickers and stencils to 3D art and mosaic painting. With the Indian government supporting street artists in the past, the movement got the momentum to push towards mainstream art. It is visible clearly with graffiti art painted on the walls of Delhi police headquarters.
The only disadvantage will be the lack of preservation of artwork. But with the constant change in the cities, artists also get an opportunity to repaint and improve their work. The Indian art and graffiti scene is enjoying extraordinary growth and support that is not freely available to other countries. The graffiti works in India can only grow to new heights since their imagination only holds artists back.
India has a very vibrant art scene spanning from the many cultural influences it enjoyed. With some of the world’s largest religions, Hinduism, Islam, and Buddhism originating or prospering in India, art leans towards belief.
Politics has also plaid a massive role in the development of art in India. We get to see how the sociopolitical influences the paintings, sculptures, and architecture in different periods.
Paintings found in India represent societies, beliefs, and traditions passed down through generations. Artists did early paintings on murals and walls before they incorporated modern styles.
Here we will look at some of the most famous art forms in India.
Madhubani painting is a style that is characterized with an austere depiction of tradition and culture. The style focuses mostly on mythological scenes. This art is practiced in different types like Geru, Katchni, Baharni, and Tantic.
This art form was initially manuscripts found on palm leaves carried by merchants on their travels. The art pieces were incredibly detailed and intricate works using Persian technics. They ranged from historical works to religion, showing everyday life.
This painting style dates back to the 12th century B.C in Orissa. The villages in this region are still producing this art form. Pattachitra Paintings means cloth painting, and the art is done on a cloth.
This art is known for mythological narratives and has intricate details. The artist draws inspiration from the Mughal era.
This folk painting can be traced back 2500 years, originating from Maharashtra in the western part of India. Warli Art is still practiced to this day, resembles cave paintings, and incorporates an elementary style and monochromatic hues. The art uses earth tones with neutral shades depicting daily life.
The Indian art scene is full of different and unique collections found nowhere else. It is generally impossible to view all the various works found in India. Along with so many possibilities, it’s exciting to see what the future holds for the Indian art and graffiti scene.