Painting Everything in the World
Painting Everything in the World
Painting Everything in the World
Painting Everything in the World
Painting Everything in the World

Painting Everything in the World

Harsingh Hamir, Gita Wolf

People from the Rathwa tribe in Gujarat create a ritual wall painting as a way of worshipping their gods Pithora and Pithori, depicted as horses. The creation of Pithora paintings is considered a form of worship, to keep away ill-luck and invite good fortune. To paint is to mirror — and honour — all that has been created in the universe. This sophisticated conception of the transformative power of art has been rendered into a deceptively simple children’s tale by Rathwa artist Harsingh Hamir.


Read a blog post by Gita Wolf – Pithora Painting and the Coming of Better Times – that explores the work of artists from the indigenous Rathwa tribe from Gujarat and their belief that creating a particular painting—called Pithora—banishes adversity and brings about a change in fortune.

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Weight 330.0 g
Dimensions 280 × 210 mm








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Harsingh Hamir

Harsingh Hamir is a young and contemporary Rathwa artist from Gujarat. Though traditionally the Rathwa artists paint a ritual wall mural called Pithora, several contemporary artists have taken new directions. Harshingh is one of them, and was happy to apply his talent and skills to new material: the book form. This is his first Tara book.

Gita Wolf

Gita Wolf

Gita Wolf started Tara Books as an independent publishing house based in India. An original and creative voice in contemporary Indian publishing, she is known for her interest in exploring and experimenting with the form of the book. She has written over twenty books for children and adults. Several have won major international awards and been translated into multiple languages. Click here to discover her other Tara Books.

jonathan yamakami

Jonathan Yamakami

Jonathan Yamakami is a graphic designer from São Paulo, Brazil, who currently lives in Washington DC. He received an MFA in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2013, and his work has been featured by NPR, the New York Times and AIGA 50 Books/50 Covers. Jonathan is particularly interested in exploring new ways of presenting and conceiving of the book. Click here to discover his other Tara Books.