warli paintings, elementary, truly…

Now, my constant complaint about the attempts of folks to draw Warli-like  murals is that, they almost always get the physics hehind them absolutely incorrect. Even now, this is true of a chic restaurant on Church Street, Bangalore – which continues to display splendidly useless and unreal warli-like paintings/murals.

Sometime towards the end of the previous academic year, my consternation reached such abysmally low & basal levels that, I spent some half-an-hour ranting against bad science in drawings (and films), to the hapless erdkinder who were probably mildly amused…

However, the original aboriginal paintings have no such flaw. The original drawings have their own grammar, form and a nice content,  and they respect science, physiology and symbols – and have a fairly simple graphic vocabulary.

In this context, I got to see a couple of paintings of warli-like stuff, done by an Elementary child in NammaShaale. I was gratified, and all my negativism vanished. They are quite reasonable, though with a different non-canonical colour schema, including background – and they have life.

They are here:

This must be one of the first trials...

This must be one of the first trials...

graduated to the redmud background...

graduated to the redmud background...

one more - the bottom half of the second scan - thanks to smaller bed size of my scanner...

one more - the bottom half of the second scan - thanks to the smaller bed size of my scanner...

More information on warli paintings here: http://india.gov.in/knowindia/warlifolkpaintings.php

(Incidentally, NammaShaale logogram is a warli inspired one)

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