Warli Paintings - An expressive Folk Art of India

Ancient Indian folk paintings have been passed down from generation to generation and are still practiced in different parts of the country. Each style of painting has something unique to offer and one form of painting that has gained a significant amount of prominence is the ‘Warli Painting’. It is mostly practiced by the adivasis located in the North Sahyadri range of Maharashtra, predominantly Talasari, Jawhar, Palghar, Dahanu, Mokhada, and Vikramgardh.


Squares, Triangles, and Circles are the core components of Warli painting patterns since each shape signifies something in the painting. Circle depicts the sun & moon and triangle has a close co-relation to mountains and trees. Unlike the other shapes, the square has significance to an open land which is also called as 'Chauk' in many regions of Maharashtra.


Every Warli Painting has a Chauk, either the Lagnachauk or Devchauk. Devchauk is a depiction of Palaghata, the mother goddess and it symbolizes fertility. 'Lagna' in lagnachauk means 'Marriage' and it is usually painted by women when there is an occasion of marriage in their family or village. It is meant to bring peace and prosperity in the lives of the newlyweds. Birds, Trees, Men, and Women are widely used in the Warli Paintings. Gods are not depicted in Warli Paintings since there is a belief that Gods are related to spirits in a Human Form.


Warli paintings are made by adivasis on the walls using non-permanent colors. The roots of Warli Paintings are still preserved and the core instincts of the art-form are not impacted by globalization. Some of the ingredients that are used by artists for the creation of Warli Paintings are Henna, Ocre, Indigo, Mud, etc. Warli paintings can be created on surfaces like Canvas, Cloth, Handmade paper, Ivory Sheet, etc.


Due to India’s richness in arts & culture, art collectors have always shown interest in Indian art form. Art collectors understand the subject of art in great detail and hence the addition of a painting form like Warli Painting to their collection is something that might make them feel proud.


However, Art collectors have a huge problem with Art Discovery since they cannot cover all the art exhibitions that might be happening in different cities of India. On the other hand, established as well as emerging artists are always on the lookout for a suitable platform where they can showcase their talent to a wider audience which also includes Art Lovers. Fortunately, with the advent of many interesting business models emerging around art & e-commerce, artists can now reach to a wider audience; one such online art-platform is Gallerist.in


Gallerist.in is a leading online art-gallery based out of India that bridges the gap between artists and art collectors. It has a portfolio of close to 15,000+ authentic paintings with 500+ artists on the platform. There is a growing demand from Art Collectors for Warli Painting Designs and Gallerist.in is the most ideal platform where they can discover Warli Paintings from a wide range of artists.


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Also read

1 A Tribute to Warli painting artist Jivya Som Mashe

2 Warli Paintings

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