The Elephants

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MARWAR MATANG by HIS HIGHNESS MAHARAJA GAJ SINGH II OF JODHPUR, MARWAR

Marwar Matang

Inspiration:

The painted elephant is inspired by Marwar Miniatures specifically from the Shiv Puran Series painted under the patronage of Maharaja Man Singh of Jodhpur.

Bio:

H. Maharaja Gaj Singh II (b. 1948) has provided dynamic leadership in several sectors for the state of Rajasthan. The Maharaja’s major thrust has been in tourism, which has emerged the life-line of modern-day Marwar, and Rajasthan. In addition to the conversion of his own palaces into hotels, foremost among them the Umaid Bhawan, one of the great palace hotels in the world, and the Mehrangarh Fort into an internationally acclaimed museum, the Maharaja has led the innovative Heritage Hotel movement, the future of tourism in Rajasthan. The Maharaja is currently on the Governing Council of the Indian National Trust for Art & Cultural Heritage (INTACH). He is also the State Convenor for the Rajasthan State Chapter and Patron of The Elephant Family.

Materials used:

Acrylic paint and varnish.

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TARA ASTAMANGALA by GOOD EARTH

Tara Astamangala

Inspiration:

This elephant by Good Earth is ‘Tara Astamangala’. It features a Good Earth design interpretation of the “eight auspicious symbols”, known as the astamangala – they represent the offerings that Vedic gods presented to Sakyamuni Buddha upon his enlightenment. We have depicted the eight as a composite crest as they are often portrayed in the Buddhist tradition.

Bio:

Good Earth is India’s leading design house, which celebrates the heritage of India and Asia through unique design stories with a focus on craft traditions. Established in 1996 with its first boutique at Kemps Corner, Mumbai, Good Earth has set standards for stylish luxury retail across India. Today the brand celebrates 21 years of a design aesthetic that is crafted by hand, inspired by nature and enchanted by history. The last two decades have seen Good Earth grow into a cult brand recognised for its crafts-focused approach to luxury design and commitment to reviving the authentic skills of India’s craft communities.

Materials used:

Acrylic paint and varnish.

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SIKANDER BAGH by PAYAL SINGHAL

Sikander Bagh

Inspiration:

I named my elephant after a garden located in the city of Lucknow, India. It was built by the last Nawab of Oudh as a summer residence. The name of the villa signifies “Garden of Sikandar”, perhaps after Alexander the Great. The elephant is strong and definitive symbolised by the black background and the contemporary chintz floral pattern signifies the softer gentler side of elephants. It is also a symbol of what India has had to offer the world of design for centuries. The chintz pattern originated in India and gained popularity in Europe in the 17th century.

Bio:

Payal Singhal is a leading South Asian fashion house established in 1999. Singhal designs for the quality and design conscious who value and appreciate the art of fashion. The ‘Payal Singhal’ signature look is contemporary Indian clothing and translates effortlessly from Indian to Global. Born in Mumbai, Payal produced her first award-winning couture look at the age of 15. After completing her design degree at SNDT, Mumbai and The Parsons School of Design and F.I.T, New York Payal launched her label with a flagship store in Mumbai. Singhal’s line is available at http://www.payalsinghal.com , retail and online stores across the world.

Materials used:

Acrylic paint and varnish.

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MARCH OF TIMES by SONAL AMBANI

March of Times

Inspiration:

The clocks that engulf the elephant represent the flow of time, from birth until death. The stroke of each minute gives light to new possibilities and nevertheless brings limits to our existence. It is with the grace of time that all creatures procreate and coexist. We must act now to inspire the youth, for time inevitably churns the cogs of change, but the direction is up to us.

Bio:

Sculptor Sonal Ambani began her creative journey two decades ago, sculpting across various mediums and styles. Her work bridges the gap between nature and urbanisation, seeking to create a delicate bond between these two diverse ecosystems. Each piece is adorned with her symbolic peace sign, a theme that is at the core of her work. Sonal sculpts with the intention of challenging the viewer to create his/her own meaning by reflecting upon their own life experiences. She believes that art needs to find that balance between visual elegance and intrinsic contemplation. Her sculptures have been shown at Jehangir Art Gallery in Mumbai and Art Bahrain Across Borders (Art BAB, March 2017) and are also a part of the personal collection of her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka Bint Ibhrahim Al Khalifa, wife of the King of Bahrain and other members of the Royal Family.

Materials used:

Metal.

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RAMRATTAN by RAVI VAZIRANI

Ramrattan

Inspiration:

Since the time we opened the doors of our studio, we have worked extensively with concrete, experimenting with its various moods and textures. We have continuously been inspired by the simplicity, versatility and aesthetic of the material. So it is only natural that the unswerving, trusty concrete was also a part of our inspiration for this project. We envision the elephant with a marbled concrete look; making it the focal and talking point in the space it inhabits.

Bio:

Ravi Vazirani Design Studio is a boutique studio catering to a clientele that values aesthetics, practicality and a dash of je ne sais quoi. Design is an intrinsic part of Ravi’s daily life and he finds inspiration from everything he encounters, be it his immediate surroundings or his travels around the world.

Materials used:

Acrylic paint in marble finish.

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DAHLIA by ANUSHKA KHANNA

Dahlia

Inspiration:

When I was asked to design for this project, I immediately thought of Diane Vreeland’s famous quote – “Pink is the navy blue of India.” In our country, colour is celebrated and using that as a starting point, I knew I wanted to go with a beautiful blush pink. No other colour seemed more apt to demonstrate the strength and power of this majestic animal. My strength as a designer lies in my surface embellishments which use traditional Indian techniques in a contemporary language. The overall effect is one of lightness. The elephant is known to be one of the largest animals in the jungle, but they also have such a fragility and delicacy to their being and it’s that characteristic that I aimed to capture.

Bio:

Mumbai-based designer Anushka Khanna has established her label both in India and abroad. Khanna’s aesthetic is a meeting of her Indian heritage with a global perspective. Her line focuses on two distinct categories; Indian wear and Western wear. Known for her love of colour and her use of intricate and fine embroidery. Khanna’s look is young, vibrant and fresh. Her work has been featured in publications such as US Instyle, Vogue, L’Officiel, Savvy, DNA, After Hours and Bombay Times to name a few.

Materials used:

Acrylic paint and varnish.

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ME AND MY MILLION VOICES by VEER MUNSHI

Me and My Million Voices

Inspiration:

The elephant is considered the architect of the jungle who facilitates the impossible in the forest and around. The elephant takes pride in carrying the animal world. He shares the responsibility of others too who are also endangered – deer, leopard, tiger, bear and so on and so forth. My design represents the burden of uncertainties shown by millions of tiny animals and birds on a giant elephant in its miniature format.

Bio:

Veer Munshi was born in Kashmir and studied fine arts at M.S.University Baroda. He lives and practices in Delhi and has seventeen solo shows to his credit in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Perth, Edinburgh and Geneva – through his varied medium of expressions.

Materials used:

Acrylic paint, fibreglass pigeon on head and varnish.

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KAMAL KUNJI by ATELIER OF PICHVAI TRADITION & BEYOND

Kamal Kunj

Inspiration:

The Kamalan ki Pichvai with the lotus motifs are used during the summer months to create a cool and genteel atmosphere in the sanctum of the temple of Srinathji. Elephants are known for their love of water and rivers which is where lotuses thrive.

Bio:

Pichvai Tradition and beyond is an initiative to revive and preserve this historical art form, and extend patronage to the local artist of Rajasthan. Founded by Pooja Singhal who nurture miniature artist from Rajasthan, who have overtime worked towards adapting traditional Pichvai compositions into more intricate patterns derived from other miniature practices.

Materials used:

Acrylic paint and varnish.

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GULAB by PRABHAKAR PACHPUTE & RUPALI PATIL

Gulab

Inspiration:

We are trying to revisit the story of the four harmonious friends. An elephant standing under a fruit tree carrying a monkey, a hare and a bird on top of each other. The scene refers to a legend, which tells that four animals were trying to find out who was the oldest. The elephant said that the tree was already fully grown when he was young, the monkey said that the tree was small when he was young, the hare said that he saw the tree as a sapling when he was young and the bird claimed that he had excreted the seed from which the tree grew. So the bird was recognised by the other animals as the oldest, and the four animals lived together in co-dependence and cooperation, helping each other to enjoy the fruits of the tree.

Bio:

Prabhakar is an artist and author of drawings and installations. In his works, he constantly returns to the subject of working conditions in mines and the cultural values of the mining industry in his home state of Maharashtra. Rupali creates graphics, artistic objects, and installations. She usually collaborates with Prabhakar, creating site-specific installations that tackle the themes of agrarian cultures and global social problems.

Materials used:

Acrylic paint and varnish.

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ARANYA by SUHASINI KEJRIWAL

Aranya

Inspiration:

Studies suggest that the worrying depletion in the Asian elephant’s population is largely because of the disappearance of their habitat. My design reflects this idea. The foliage on the body suggests a forest and wherever there is no forest, the skeleton of the elephant is visible suggesting extinction.

Bio:

Kaleidoscopic and bordering on the psychedelic, Kejriwal’s paintings revel in minutiae, overflow with information, and convey multiple viewpoints simultaneously. Her technique synthesises the disciplines of painting, drawing, photography and collage into a cohesive whole. The artist lavishes her attentions on the surfaces of objects, articulating the differences of materials and replicating the infinite varieties to be found in both the natural and man-made worlds.

Materials used:

Acrylic paint and varnish.

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RIDESH by GAYATRI SEKHRI

Ridesh

Inspiration:

The vision for this piece was to blend nature’s beauty with this sculpture, in order to enhance its own aesthetic qualities as well the visual surroundings. I use bronze, aluminium, fibreglass and other alloys to make these pieces.

Bio:

Having finished her schooling from the Convent of Jesus and Mary, New Delhi, Gayatri went on to study law at Durham University, England. Later, she worked as an advocate in New Delhi and Singapore for three years. But it wasn’t long after that she had a creative epiphany and was drawn to the aesthetics. Her job seemed mundane and she decided to follow her dream to become an artist.

Materials used:

Metal washers.

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BLUE DIMENSION by JASON WOODSIDE

blue dimension

Inspiration:

The elephant features recognizably vivid and optimistic colours, combined with the contrasting layers of geometric patterns. The large swirls of colours and intricate patterns carry the viewer into the different, more lively and more enthusiastic state of mind.

Bio:

Jason Woodside is a prolific artist whose paintings and murals can be found throughout New York City, Los Angeles, Sydney, and Paris. His work is based on bold geometric shapes, vibrant and hypnotizing patterns as well as striking colour combinations. Woodside finds the inspiration for his art in textiles and clothings and he has transformed some of his pieces into outfits during the collaboration with the most prestigious fashion brands such as Adidas and OBEY. Woodside is also known as one of the key personalities belonging to the post-graffiti movement.

Materials used:

Acrylic paint and varnish

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ELE-NOUVEAU DEUX by VARUN BAHL

Ele Nouveau Deux

Inspiration:

The elephant is an ode to the Art Nouveau period of decorative art and ornamental living that features in the design. The design exemplifies a myriad of art elements and the magnificent jewellery motifs that Varun has recently found inspiration in for his garments. The intricate curvilinear patterns with floral and plant-inspired motifs encourage the organic forms and patterns of that period to flow from one object to another. The Asiatic elephant is an elegant and beautiful animal and is celebrated in Indian culture in many ways. So, to bring out its gentle beauty we decorated it with patterns and motifs that define an era of elegance and opulent beauty.

Bio:

A graduate of the National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi, Varun launched
his eponymous label in 2001. His work marries the beauty of heritage Indian handcrafted embroideries with a modern colour sensibility. His clothes range from traditional saris and lehenga ensembles to contemporary separates like trousers, tunics, jackets and dresses. He is known for the lightness of his fabrics and not overloading them with heavy embellishments.

Materials used:

Acrylic paints and varnish

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BABY DOLL by ADIL AHMAD and KANIKA KAPOOR

Baby Doll

Inspiration:

A perfect artistic partnership was formed when Adil Ahmad and Kanika Kapoor teamed up to create Baby Doll. Mr Ahmad said: “Baby Doll is inspired by the indigenous Chikankari handiwork from lko which is our native town that’s why I collaborated with Kanika to create this unique work of art.” Chikankari is the creation of a piece of embroidery in the Chikan style – an extremely delicate hand technique originating from the 3rd Century BC. Baby Doll’s delicate design represents the delicate nature of our planet and the threads which connect every species together.

Kanika Kapoor Bio:

Kanika Kapoor began her Bollywood singing career with the song Baby Doll for the film Ragini MMS 2. Baby Doll went viral and topped the charts and Kapoor received wide critical acclaim and several accolades for her singing style, including the Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer in 2014. Kapoor quickly earned huge success for singing Hindi cinema’s top charted songs and received rave reviews for her live performances all over the globe, including for India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi at London’s Wembley in 2015.

Adil Ahmad Bio:

Adil Iqbal Ahmad completed his first commissioned interior design project when he was
sixteen. His journey in the pursuit of excellence continues. Creative design, with its diverse attributes all intrinsic to a larger idea, woven into a complex project, and embellished with a seamless overlay of the many different elements that celebrate the core idea, invokes the artist in him. Adil has an unerring eye for precision, detail and symmetry and an unrelenting demand for perfection.

Materials used:

Acrylic paint and rhinestones

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BAR PALLADIO ELEPHANT by MARIE-ANNE OUDEJANS

Bar Palladio Elephant

Inspiration:

The inspiration comes from the Bar Palladio Jaipur that I designed. It was commissioned by Barbara Miolini in the property of Narain Niwas Palace Hotel in 2013 in Jaipur. I was inspired by traditional Indian heritage and the beauty of India mixed with a European touch.

Bio:

Marie-Anne is Founder and Fashion designer of the New York-based brand ‘TOCCA’ in the nineties, winner of the CFDA, Perry Ellis Award in 1995 and a consultant for international fashion brands.

Materials used:

Acrylic paint and varnish.

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TARA FOR MARK by ELEPHANT FAMILY

Tara for Mark

Inspiration: In 1988, Mark Shand, the late and very great adventurer, rescued a street-begging elephant named Tara, who changed his life forever. Together they travelled 800 kilometres across India and Tara became the star of Mark’s bestselling book, Travels on my Elephant. When Mark returned home to te UK, he founded Elephant Family to protect Tara’s endangered wild cousins and dedicated the rest of his life to the cause.

Our Tara for Mark elephant is decorated with the passage from Travels on my Elephant in which Mark describes his feelings upon first laying eyes on Tara and falling head over heels in love.

Materials used:

Acrylic paints and varnish

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About Elephant Parade

The elephants in the 2018 Concours d’elephant come from the global social enterprise Elephant Parade®.

Elephant Parade® is a social enterprise and runs the world’s largest art exhibition of decorated elephant statues. Created by artists and celebrities, each Elephant Parade statue is a unique art piece. Since launching in 2007, Elephant Parade has visited dozens of cities around the world including: Hong Kong, London, Milan, Bangkok, Sao Paolo, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Luxembourg, Dana Point California, Singapore. In 2013, Elephant Parade did its first ever country tour, visiting 14 UK cities over 12 months.

Limited edition, handcrafted replicas and a select range of products are created from the exhibition elephants. 20% of Elephant Parade net profits are donated to elephant welfare and conservation projects. Website: www.elephantparade.comEP Logo

100% from the sale of the London Parade 2018 exhibition elephants helps support the work of Elephant Family