Bhuri Bai

About the Artist

Bhuri Bai Bhuri Bai in Santa Fe, NM, July, 2013 ( Photograph © 2013 Anthony Hart Fisher).
Bhuri Bai in Santa Fe, NM, July, 2013 ( Photograph © 2013 Anthony Hart Fisher).

Bhuri Bai of Pitol was the first Bhil artist to use paper and canvas for her painting. She had come to Bhopal as a construction worker. J. Swaminathan, the then Director of Bharat Bhawan, asked her to paint on a paper. Bhuri Bai began her journey as a contemporary Bhil artist and developed her own style. Bhuri Bai painted her family’s ancestral horse and was thrilled to see the effect of the poster colour as it touched the white paper. “In the village, we had to work so hard to extract colour from plants and clay.

And here I was given so many shades of colour and a readymade brush!” Initially Bhuri Bai had found it a little strange to paint in a sitting position. But the magic of painting soon drew her in. Bhuri Bai now works as an artist in the Adivasi Lok Kala Academy in Bhopal. She is a recipient of a number of Indian awards. In 2007 “Story of Jungle” was auctioned by Sotheby’s in New York.

Bhuri Bai says, each time she starts to paint, she casts her mind back to various aspects of Bhil life and culture and when a particular theme becomes dominant, she brings it to life on her canvas. Her paintings have captured every aspect of Bhil life – the animals in the forest, the serenity of the forest and its trees, and gatla (memory pillars), the Bhil deities, attire, ornaments and gudna (tattoos), huts and granaries, the hat, festivals and dances and oral narratives. Bhuri Bai has recently started painting aeroplanes, television, car and buses along with trees and animals. And they all seem at ease with one another.

Biographical information and photos above courtesy of Padmajaa Srivastra
 

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Bhuri Bai
SKU: Bhil4

Bhuri Bai - Pitol, Jhabua, Madhya Pradesh State, India
c.2012
Acrylic on paper
(22" h. x 14" w. )

 

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Bhuri Bai
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Bhuri Bai - Pitol, Jhabua, Madhya Pradesh State, India
c.2013
Acrylic on paper
(14 5/8" h. x 21 5/8" w. )

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Changing a Flat Tire
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Bhuri Bai - Pitol, Jhabua, Madhya Pradesh State, India
c.2015
Acrylic on paper
(11" h. x 15" w. )

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Bhuri Bai
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Bhuri Bai - Pitol, Jhabua, Madhya Pradesh State, India
c.2013
Acrylic on paper
(15 1/4" h. x 11" w. )

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Bhuri Bai
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Bhuri Bai - Pitol, Jhabua, Madhya Pradesh State, India
c.2013
Acrylic on paper
(13 3/4" h. x 19 3/4" w. )

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Green Deer with Birds
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Bhuri Bai - Bhil People, Pitol, Jhabua, Madhya Pradesh State, India
c.2015
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(15" h. x 11" w. )

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Milking the Cow
SKU: BHB1306

Bhuri Bai - Pitol, Jhabua, Madhya Pradesh State, India
c.2013
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(11" h. x 14 3/4" w. )

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Bhuri Bai
SKU: BHB1307

Bhuri Bai - Pitol, Jhabua, Madhya Pradesh State, India
c.2013
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(11" h. x 14 3/4" w. )

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Green Deer
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Bhuri Bai - Pitol, Jhabua, Madhya Pradesh State, India
c.2015
Acrylic on paper
(10" h. x 7" w. )

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Red Deer and Tree
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Bhuri Bai - Pitol, Jhabua, Madhya Pradesh State, India
c.2015
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(10" h. x 7" w. )

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Orange Bird Feeding her Young
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Bhuri Bai - Pitol, Jhabua, Madhya Pradesh State, India
c.2015
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(10" h. x 7" w. )

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Hairy Beast
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Bhuri Bai - Pitol, Jhabua, Madhya Pradesh State, India
c.2015
Acrylic on paper
(7" h. x 10" w. )

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SKU: BHB-1301

Bhuri Bai - Pitol, Jhabua, Madhya Pradesh State, India
c.2013
Acrylic on paper
(7" h. x 5" w. )

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Bhuri Bai - Pitol, Jhabua, Madhya Pradesh State, India
c.2013
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(5" h. x 7" w. )

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Bhuri Bai
SKU: BHB1303

Bhuri Bai - Pitol, Jhabua, Madhya Pradesh State, India
c.2013
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(5" h. x 7" w. )

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Red Beast
SKU: BHB-1401

Red Buffalo
Bhuri Bai - Pitol, Jhabua, Madhya Pradesh State, India
c.2013
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(5" h. x 7" w. )

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