Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Traditional gold-encrusted Indian paintings 'popular again'

Traditional gold-encrusted Indian paintings 'popular again'

Tuesday, 6th October 2009

Indian consumers and collectors are increasingly turning their attention back to a special form of painting that involves the use of gold and originated in the days of dynastic rule.

According to the Hindu, the Tanjore and Mysore forms of painting are making a comeback as collectors become more interested in the investment value of such pieces and consumers look for unique artistic depictions of gods and goddesses to display in their homes.

These art forms typically involve detailed paintings of deities such as Krishna, Ganesh, Shiva and Lakshmi and are encrusted with 22-c and 24-c gold sheets and decorations.

They first sprang up in Thanjavur in southern India - which was the capital of the Chola empire between the 11th and 13th centuries - and were seen in regal palaces and temples throughout the region.

Paintings using these techniques typically require teams of several experts to create complete pieces.

"I have a growing market for Tanjore and Mysore paintings today and they are part of one's collectibles, the investment angle not withstanding," remarked G S Kirran, owner of Bangalore-based arts boutique Tarang.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Goddess Saraswathi in Tanjore painting

saraswathi Tanjore painting much board
From Gayathri's craft works

Embossing stage of Goddess Saraswathi in Tanjore Painting.

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Wednesday, September 02, 2009


Lord Lakshmi in Tanjore Painting work completed on 31/8/09. It took 10 days(app 15-20 hours) for me to complete this painting.

This the tanjore painting of Lord Lakshmi, done with gold acrylic painting instead of gold foil. I live in US because we are not getting our traditional 24k gold foil here i used gold acrylic painting.

Using gold paint instead of gold foil will be useful for the following.

* Beginners who don't want to use costly gold foils.
* Those who are living in foreign countries where 24k gold foils are not available.

goddess Lakshmi Tanjore painting
From Gayathri's craft works

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