Coinciding with the 70th anniversary of Independence of India and Pakistan this timely exhibition looks at the transition of this traditional practice to internationally celebrated contemporary visual art form.
Warli art is a tribal art form practised mainly by women in Maharashtra, west India, who paint the mud and dung walls of their houses with rice paste to celebrate key events during the year.
As a child Jivya Some Mashe assisted the women painters, honed his skills and developed his imagination. Now in his eighties Mashe is recognised as the master, the pioneer of a new Warli painting tradition. Mashe expanded Warli to encompass new forms and narratives and opened up the way for a new generation of artists, like Ramesh Hengade. In 2006 Hengade came to the Harley Foundation as artist-in-residence and an exhibition of work from his time in Nottinghamshire was an immediate sell-out.
This new exhibition focuses on the work of Mashe and Hengade made over the last ten years. Also showing is work by fellow Warli artists and new work that will be created as part of an international artists exchange to take place in India in early 2017.