Indian art has been influenced by all traditions for a long time, and it still shows elements of the village life and religious traditions. A lot of the inherited and patriarchal traits have a conservative influence in the art environment. Indian art gives you expression of vigorous, strong and outgoing creating fantasy; the motives in Indian art are picked up by the refined traditions and myths. Indian art is mainly made for religious purposes and contains holy ceremonial elements. It is meant to support meditation. India’s artistic expressions are made for religious laws, but the artist still has the freedom to develop a message of their own imagination. Indian art mostly contains a mixture of human and animal figures, for example an elephant’s head placed on top of a human’s body. These kinds of art reflect some of the gods that they believe in.

Indian pictorial art:


The name of this pictorial art is Suboth Gupta and brings a long the Indians traditions of worshiping holy cows in to the contemporary art arena.





Backside: is filled with pieces of cliche, the motive of the love god  is painted on the windows shutters and when you open them up you see a painting that shows young girls how have committed suicide because of the missing dowry.


This pictorial art’s name is” Seven faces of the dust” with uterus-like shapes made with gravel and sand.

     Native American pictorial art:Native American art expresses the free spirit, dynamism and the evolution of the cultural, spiritual and the religious beliefs of the Native Indian people.American Indian art comes in form like pottery, jewellery, basketry, weavings, paintings, beadwork, silverwork, sculptures and woodcarvings. Native Americans are a highly spiritual people who create objects of extraordinary beauty, and they also thought that there is no distinction between what is beautiful or functional.Design goes far beyond concerns of function, and beauty is much more than simple appearances. For many native peoples, beauty arises from living in harmony with the order of the universe. The concerns and aspirations of a vital contemporary American Indian population changes as the world changes. Today some Native American artists continue traditions of their ancestors, while others transform those traditions in new and innovative ways. 


Native American pictorial art:

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Comparison between Indian and Native American pictorial art:Both Indian and Native American are very spiritual and religious people, and it shows through the art that they make. This is what they both have in comment:

  • They both make art that represent their religion and believes
  • Their art contains pictures of human and animal figures
  • Their art has started to become more liberal as the time passes by and allows the artist to develop a message of their own imagination.

  These are the difference between them:

  • Even though they both use human and animal figures in their art they use it in very different ways. Native American uses the figures in realistic ways they separate the human from the animal, while Indian’s makes a mixture of human and animal figure.
  • They make different kinds of art Indian art mostly contains wall paintings, Buddha statues and  pictorial art, while Native American’s make pottery, jewellery, basketry, weavings, paintings, beadwork, silverwork, sculptures and woodcarvings.