The Night Life of Trees by Gita Wolf, Durga Bai (artist), Bhajju Shyam (artist), and Ram Singh Urveti (artist) (2006, Tara Books; 48 pages)
This is one of those mysterious and charming volumes that live in our library shelves, waiting for someone to find it to fall in love with it forever. Recreated from original art by three of the finest artists of the silk-screened by hand tradition, every page of the book is an original gorgeous art print. Each painting is accompanied by text which invites the reader and viewer into the art and folklore of the Gond tribe in central India, where the practical, aesthetic and spiritual aspects of the natural world are inseparable.
You will find intricately drawn visions of trees, that for the Gonds -- traditional forest dwellers -- are central to life. During the day, trees work hard, providing shade, shelter and nourishment for all. But at night, when all the daytime visitors have left, the spirits in the trees reveal themselves. And it is these luminous spirits that are hauntingly captured in The Night Life of Trees.
A little bit about the three artists of the Gond tribe of central India that share the same art tradition and mythical cosmos, but who each have a distinctive style:
Bhaiju Shyam, author of The London Jungle Book, is one of the best-known artists of his tribe, marked out by his careful and intense canvases.
Durga Bai is a young woman artist who constantly reworks and pushes the borders of the Gond art form to create work that sparkles with a distinctive energy.
Ram Singh Urveti is a quiet and brilliant artist who many other Gond artists respect for his fine technique and sophistication.
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Recommended by: Maite