Painting as an art form has flourished in India from very early periods as is evident from literary sources and also from the remnants that have been discovered.

Indian Paintings can be broadly classified as the murals & miniatures. Murals are huge works executed on the walls of solid structures. Classic examples are the paintings in Ajantha & Kailasantaha temple.

Miniature paintings are those executed on a very small scale on perishable material such as paper, cloth, etc., Though this style had been perfected by artisans under the various rules, not many remain today. Prime examples are the Rajasthani & Mughal miniatures.

Contemporary artists have kept up to the times & excel in their modern works, giving free expression to their imagination & artistic liberty.

Information
Apr 2006
Ajanta murals

Sep 2007
the many-splendoured delights of Ajanta, compiled by Swaminathan

http://ajantacaves.com
Jun 2009 - last updated Apr 2013
Kerala murals
Sep 2007
Temple murals
Brihadeeswarar Koil - Thanjavur, Tamilnadu
Thyagarajaswamy temple - Thiruvarur, Tamilnadu
Panchanadeeswarar temple - Thiruvarur, Tamilnadu
Swamimalai temple near Kumbakonam, Tamilnadu
Ekambareshwarar temple - Kancheepuram, Tamilnadu
last update Mar 2011
Tanjore Painting
last update Apr 2013
Creating a tanjavur painting - Step by step instructions
Tanjore paintings gallery at Government Museum, Chennai
http://www.chennaimuseum.org/draft/gallery/03/01/012/tanjore1.htm
Apr 2006 - last update Sep 2007
Raja Ravi Varma's paintings
Apr 2006
Miniature Paintings
Apr 2006
Madhubani Painting - Bihar
Link to website on Madhubani paintings
http://www.southasianist.info/india/mithila/index.html
Apr 2006
Kalamkari Painting - Kalahasti, Masulipatnam, Andhra Pradesh
Kalamkari Unit in Kalakshetra
Apr 2006
Pithoro Painting - Gujarat

Apr 2010 - last update Dec 2011
Illustrations in Tamil publications


Gallery
Folk Art
Jan 2014
Jayanth Kalamkari designs - Kalamkari textiles
May 2011
Kamlesh - Madhubani paintings
Jun 2009
Naveen - Kerala Murals
Sep 2009 - last update Mar 2012
Nayak Handicrafts, Orissa - Patachitra paintings
Aug 2010
Nitu Sinha - Madhubani paintings
Aug 2006
Priyanka Mishra - Traditional Patachitra from Orissa
Jun 2009
Sadanandan - Kerala Murals
Sadanandan had done an intensive five year course in Mural painting in Kerala South India, which was his strong foundation.
Apr 2006
Shalini, Delhi - Miniature paintings
Aug 2012
Art works by Shilpa Arts - Paintings
Oct 2009
Sujith, Bhavm Arts - Kerala Murals
Sujith is from Nelikkara village at waynad.


Contemporary Art
May 2011
Anand Swaroop Manchiraju, Uttaranchal

Feb 2012
Anant - Oil Paintings
Feb 2011 - Last updated Sep 2014
Apet Pramod Mahadev, Pune - Acrylic on Canvas

Mar 2010
Biju Mathew - landscapes, nature, stilllife
Biju Mathew, artist from Kerala, paints landscapes, nature, stilllife, figurative nd creative works in contemporary style. Most of the paintings are acrylic paintings done in realistic oil painting style, either on acid free paper or on canvas. There are also works in watercolor, graphite pencil, charcoal pencil, colored pencil, pastels and crayons
Apr 2009
Dharshana Bajaj - Oil Paintings
Chennai based artist Dharshana Bajaj's latest series of oil paintings is centered around the quest for the Buddha, or the Truth within.
Nov 2009
Gagan Nandwana - Peepal Tree Worship
oil painting
Geeta Vadhera - www.geetavadhera.com
HA Gade, Founder Member of Progressive Artists Group - Paintings
Dec 2008
Jayesh Kansara, Baroda, India - Visuals of paintings on the theme,"The Supreme power AUM"
Sep 2013
Kailash Chandra Meher, Bolangir Odisha - Oil paintings
Jan 2011
Kanchan Bagari, India - Sculptures reproduced in Oil
Jan 2004
Kanthan, India - Pen & Ink drawings
C.N.Karunakaran
www.cnkarunakaran.com
Karunakaran's works are noted for his highly stylised figures and the intricately decorative patterns that weave across the pictorial surface. Karunakaran started upon his particular idiom of heavily ornate, stylised figuration. Later, the figures evolved more, under the influence of Indian traditional murals and miniatures.
May 2011
Kavita Gupta, Bangalore, India - Abstract contemporary Paintings
Jan 2011
R.Krishnarao - http://www.artistrkrishnarao.com/
Oct 2009
Rajesh Srivatsa - Digital art pictures from puranic and tantric scriptures
Jan 2014
Figurative painting by self taught artist Rajeev Kumar
Reena Bhandari
Reena has been working as a professional painter since 2000. She works on oil paintings, water colours, Indian art, Europeon art etc. and is running an art school.
Visit her Photo Gallery
manishbha@yahoo.com
Nov 2009
S.Rajam - evolved technique of water-wash
an artist who brought to life the traditional art style of India
Feb 2013
Sandeep Bomble
abstract art. His use of a piece of metal to paint is the signature of the artist.
http://www.narthaki.com/info/rev13/rev1367.html
Dec 2008
Savita Singh, an artist based in Bhopal
Dec 2013
Shivaram - Tamilnadu folk & classical arts in oil paintings
Oct 2008
Swapna Malvade, an artist based in Pune
I don't remember, exactly since when I did start observing these women with their wonderful costume and lovely ornaments but one is certain that they have fascinated me all through! And my fascination of these rustic beauties sooner found a way of expression through my paintings.
www.kerala.com/kerala_arts/muralarts.php
Kerala Fine Arts - Murals - Chitramathil or the Wall of Cement Murals is on the walls of Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady, and a small hamlet in Ernakulam District of Kerala, India and also the birthplace of Jagadguru Adi Sankaracharya. It was a masterpiece creation of artist K.K.Suresh. It is 1200x 5 ft. long, unique compound wall around university campus depicting various themes from Hindu Mythology and Puranas. It received an entry in the Limca Book of Records (ref. Pg.93) for being the longest Mural Wall.


Traditional / other Art and Craft

Jan 2014 - last update Oct 2012
Aparna Rajagopalan - Art / Craft
Feb 2013
S Janaki - Water colours
Mar 2014
Kalaa Viruksha  - Paintings by LP
Jul 2011 - last update Feb 2012
Rajan - Glass paintings & Sketches of Ganesha
Feb 2012
Shankaranarayanan, Chennai - Oil paintings
Jun 2008
Sumathi
Images of 108 Ganeshas - paintings in traditional styles
Art & Craft in traditional/folk Indian styles
www.sumarts.biz where I feature/sell my art work - Tanjore paintings, Folk paintings, and many other craft pieces
Dec 2010
Vel Murugan - Ganesha
Jan 2011
Vetri Manyan - Tanjore paintings / water colours / sketches

Art Galleries / Online Resources

Jan 2014
A Collection of authentic Indian Contemporary Art
http://www.alankritha.in/
Jun 2011
Ganesha Art Gallery
promotes traditional and contemporary arts
View the works of A.Sharma, Subroto Mondal, Shishir Bhatt, Chirayu Kumar Sinha, Sneh Basin
View the works of R.K.Yadav, Arun Kumar, Mukhesh Mandal, Ram Khiladi, Miniatures, Alka Trivedi Pathak, Kamini
Jul 2011
Neon Artifakts
Mother of pearl hand made handicrafts art paintigs / art frames
Feb 2012
JinHua JianLi 3 Dimensions Co Ltd.
3d prints of Hindu Gods & Gurus
www.sanatansociety.org
Sanatan Society is an association of students of the late Harish Johari, joining efforts to promote his teachings of Hindu philosophy, yoga, tantra, worship and love. Harish Johari was a successful author, a gifted painter and sculptor, a lifetime scholar, an inspiring teacher, a splendid cook, an ayurvedic massage miracle, a wonderful chanter of mantras and a unique composer of Indian music. He is the inspiration for the entire sanatan society project and the painting tradition that is predominant in the site, which is justly named the Harish Johari Painting Tradition.
www.sanat.in
One of the last living pioneer of the orient arts (Bengal School), Sanat Chatterjee is an artist, sculptor, and is known for his exceptional detailing abilities and ambrosial compositions.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2K8cDxxJTc
www.indianmasterpainters.com
promotes contemporary Indian painters and artists
www.myindianart.com
Masters Collection Art Gallery - Masters Collection is a 10 year old art gallery based in Kolkata. The gallery offers selected contemporary Indian art of renowned & emerging artists from India
www.giftpaintings.com
collection of tanjore & miniture paintings
www.21stcenturyindianart.com
21st Century Indian Art
...But within fifty years, the Calcutta Group and the Progressive Artists of Bombay replaced the old Bengal School art. Now there is craving for change once again in the new century. Who are the new artists of the 21st century India? who among them are setting trends? Who will stand the test of time?
www.chitralakshana.com
provides information on the various concepts of Indian Art
www.aspireauctions.com
a collection of miniature Indian paintings in September 2005 auctions


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