Author(s): V. Geetha; Rambharos Jha (Artist)
"Without a shadow of exaggeration, the most beautiful book I've ever laid eyes on." - Brainpickings.org
"This folk art collection of wood-cut style illustrations is so visually compelling, you may want three copies... one to leaf through at leisure, one to take apart to frame the full-page images, and one to bestow upon someone special." - SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION
"Gloriously attractive, endlessly fascinating book. The illustrations of fish, reptiles, crustaceans and sea birds shine and shimmer; each is as vibrant as it is meticulous." - Asian Review of Books
Selected as featured title at the TED2012 Bookstore.
Waterlife features Mithila art, a form of folk painting from Bihar in eastern India. The artist Rambharos Jha grew up on the banks of the legendary river Ganga, and developed a fascination for water and water life. In this visually sumptuous book, Jha creates an unusual artist's journal, adapting the motifs of the Mithila style to express his own vision. He frames his colorful images of octopus, crocodiles, birds and shellfish with a playful text that evokes both childhood memory and folk legend.
Waterlife is silk-screen printed by hand on handmade paper, and hand-numbered to indicate the limited print run. Comes shrink-wrapped.
Rambharos Jha is an artist and writer based in the culture-rich Mithila region of Bihar, eastern India. He grew up watching women decorate the walls and courtyards of their homes, and through watching and learning began to draw himself. His work has been exhibited widely in India, as well as in the US, South Africa and Iceland. In the last few years he has been working extensively on water bodies, a subject he describes as "one of my most cherished muses". This is his first book as a solo artist.