Indian art is diverse, just like the various facets of India. The country is home to several cultures, race, ethnicity, each one different from another as well as unique in their own ways. No wonder the art and crafts coming from these diverse cultures are considered as true wonders of the world. Indian art is unique, as it is centered on the history, faith, beliefs and even dreams of the people who paint it. To fully understand the Indian artists’ paintings, you will have to see them and feel them, apart from having a general knowledge about their history and background.
Art and crafts have been popular for a long time. This is why every palace or castle you visit in India, you will find portraits of rulers, kings, queens, their sons and daughters and even sceneries. In the traditional artwork category, Hindu art, Silk paintings and Batik art are quite popular. Another famous artistic phase was during the Mughal era which can be seen across various palaces and castles. The next phase was the poetic painters such as Mukul Chandra Dey and Rabindranath Tagore who literally filled life in their paintings. These paintings are still famous across the globe and some of them are very expensive. For instance, famous Raja Ravi Varma created marvelous oil paintings to depict lifelike images of gods and goddesses and elaborated the Hindu culture as well as the Indian Tradition.
This was followed by contemporary art which can be seen across various art exhibitions in India and the world. These paintings are diverse, such as abstract, monochrome, theme-based and much more. Artists such as Bhupen Kakkar, Atul Dodiya, and M F Hussain are very popular names in the arts community.
Indian artists’ paintings are famous not only in India but all over the world. Their use of color, artistic view and creativity has charmed people for ages. If you visit to art galleries across the globe showcasing contemporary arts, you will surely find one or two paintings from India based painters.