Beautiful marine animals are brought to life in the folk art style of Mithila painting.

Earlier this week we received a new addition Tinybop HQ library that we couldn’t wait to share. Artist Rambharos Jha’s Waterlife, is more bound artwork than book, with pages that explore mythological animals important to Jha’s Indian heritage. Working in Mithila style, a form of folk painting from the eastern Indian state of Bihar, Jha’s colorful, precise and geometrical drawings are mesmerizing and beautiful. Jha describes the personal meaning of each of the animals featured in his compendium: from the lobster to the fish to the “valiant frog.” Animals are deeply intertwined with both Jha’s boyhood and with myths. Thus, the stories he records on each page are drawn from memory and cultural beliefs.

Find Waterlife at your local library.