2D ART FORMS OF GANESHA- PAINTINGS
Indian art is vast. Many themes, many styles, many formats, many materials have been explored in the long history of it. Ganesha has been a strong subject for the artistic exploration. The exploration of Ganesha as a subject is immensely popular, and one creating such art forms feels close to the divine and benevolent God. The sheer range is overwhelming!
A few styles of painting where Ganesha is a popular subject are mentioned below:
1. One can see Ganesha featured in a number of miniature paintings from Rajasthan, especially the renowned, Jaipur, Mewar and Marwar schools.
2. Kalamkari art from Andhra Pradesh that uses vegetable dyes has Ganesha represented singly or in relevant compositions.
3. Several Madhubani paintings on both cloth and paper feature Ganesha as a subject.
4. Tanjore and Mysore paintings feature Ganesha in splendorous forms, with gold leaf work and inlaid with semiprecious stones.
5. Bhatik art too has Ganesha a central element in their cloth wall hangings, or cloth curtains.
6. Several hand embroidered and hand woven creations, tapestries use Ganesha as a subject. He is also seen in thorans (a decorative product hung above the doorway of homes) too.
7. Several artists choose to use Ganesha as a central subject in their paintings on canvas, paper, or other conventional or non-conventional mediums. Sometimes a series is created in dedication to Ganesha.
A few examples of Ganesha paintings done by individual artists in these modern times are presented below.