Ram Singh Urveti is among the senior-most artists from the Gond Pradhan tribe with important books and exhibitions to his credit along with his works being in prominent collections.
The current solo exhibition has more than fifty works on display in various mediums including paper and canvas. Ram Singh Urveti started his career in 1991 and the works in the exhibition cover more than three decades of his working life, with the earliest work being from 1992.
In all his works, Urveti’s captivating visuals and easy storytelling style fuse his perceptions of the modern world with his tribe’s unique visual language. Perhaps the most versatile artist of the Gond art tradition, Urveti uses inherited forms in very current and expressive ways, while experimenting with innovative subjects and new ideas.
In his book, Indian Contemporary Art, Herve Perdriolle observes, “With Jangarh Singh Shyam, Ram Singh Urveti is one of the most important figures in contemporary Indian tribal art. Encouraged by Jagdish Swaminathan, he was one of the first to make the transition from ephemeral art to painting on canvas in the early 1990s.“
One of the highlights of the exhibition is Sur aur Taal ki Kahani (The Story of Divine Music), a unique and rare 12 folio-set from 2007-2008, narrating the age-old Gond story of divine music and how it was brought to earth.