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.

Apr 2006
Ajanta murals

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

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
Apr 2006
Kalamkari Painting - Kalahasti, Masulipatnam, Andhra Pradesh
Kalamkari Unit in Kalakshetra
Apr 2006
Pithoro Painting - Gujarat
May 2016
Bheenth Chitra tribal wall art

Apr 2010 - last update Dec 2011
Illustrations in Tamil publications

 Folk Art
Oct 2015
Aadipuranam and Shakthipuranam story - Cheriyal scroll painting
Around 150 years old. Size - 28 feet width x 3 feet height

Saving the art of Cheriyal painting
- Jaywant Naidu,, 9 Feb 2014
Traditional Cheriyal paintings are very interesting way of storytelling and artist Merugoju Madhu is trying hard to save this dying art form.
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 -
HA Gade, Founder Member of Progressive Artists Group - Paintings
IA Raja - Finger painting
He paints on paper, wall, glass etc. merely with his fingers and nails. No formal training just some inspiration from the elements of the nature.
Dec 2008
Jayesh Kansara, Baroda, India - Visuals of paintings on the theme,"The Supreme power AUM"
Oct 2015
J P Singhal
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
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 2016
Steam Locomotives by Kishore Pratim Biswas
Jan 2011
R.Krishnarao -
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
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.
Dec 2008
Savita Singh, an artist based in Bhopal
Feb 2012
Shankaranarayanan, Chennai - Oil paintings
Dec 2013
Shivaram - Tamilnadu folk & classical arts in oil paintings
Oct 2017 last updated Feb 2019
Sivakumar - Ballpoint, pencil, charcoal, pastel, digital, water and oil colour sketches
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.
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 Mar 2019
Aparna Rajagopalan - Art / Craft
Sep 2016
K Balaji - Illustrations / Cartoons
Feb 2013
S Janaki - Water colours (learning process from a book)
Mar 2014
Kalaa Viruksha  - Paintings by LP
Jan 2018
Rajalakshmi Narayanan - Tanjore paintings & other work
Jul 2011 - last update Feb 2012
Rajan - Glass paintings & Sketches of Ganesha
Jun 2008
Images of 108 Ganeshas - paintings in traditional styles
Art & Craft in traditional/folk Indian styles where I feature/sell my art work - Tanjore paintings, Folk paintings, and many other craft pieces
Dec 2010
Vel Murugan - Ganesha

Art Galleries / Online Resources
Indian Art & Paintings - Buy art online
Nov 2016
The Tasveer Foundation
is a non-profit organisation established in Bangalore in 2011. The Foundation manages and archives an extensive collection of Indian art and is committed to using this collection to develop an audience for visual culture in India and to connect the arts with the community. The key activities of the Foundation are to plan and oversee a new museum for the arts in Bengaluru, the Museum of Art and Photography (MAP) to provide a platform for debate and discussion on the arts though talks and lectures and to facilitate exchange between local and international artists, art professionals and institutions, through research projects, grants and awards. The Foundation is currently supported by a select corpus of private benefactors and patrons.

To enquire further about the activities of the Tasveer Foundation, or to request information on the collection, please email
Jun 2016
MFPA - supporting disabled artists since 1956
The Mouth and Foot Painting Artists Association is an international registered society of disabled artists who paint with their mouth or feet due to a disability that prevents the use of their hands. Over the last 60 years, this Association has brought to the forefront, the aesthetic creations of its' disabled artists by providing them a platform to express their artistic talent. Instilling a sense of freedom and dignity, MFPA offers its members an opportunity to earn an independent, honest and secure livelihood through the sale of their artwork.
Jun 2015
Barman Arts Online
Jan 2014
A Collection of authentic Indian Contemporary Art
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
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.
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.
promotes contemporary Indian painters and artists
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
collection of tanjore & miniture paintings
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?
provides information on the various concepts of Indian Art
a collection of miniature Indian paintings in September 2005 auctions