Erasing Borders: Passport to Contemporary Indian Art  Feb-June 2008

Delna Dastur

Delna Dastur Delna Dastur  
Over the years as I developed as an artist, I came to the realization that the PROCESS of making a piece of art intrigues me more than its subject matter. I am never satisfied with using one medium exclusively and always attempt to combine several. 

 I embraced charcoal as my primary medium for several years, using  a variety of improvised tools such as ear syringes, brushes, charcoal powder, ink and many different types of erasers to manipulate it.  Wooden panels became my supports for a while and currently I am painting on large canvases, transforming their smooth surfaces into fields of texture by applying any number of pastes, gels and clear gessoes raked through with hardware implements to create peaks and dips into which the acrylic paints flow.

Random lines drawn emphatically at the start of a piece, guide the direction it will take and I permit myself to follow their lead, readily yielding any preconceived notion I may have had. I allow the subject matter to navigate itself, to rise from the medley of emerging shapes.  What started out being houses could be transformed into highways, the hint of an elbow could result in an emerging figure.  Intuition is my favorite tool and I embrace it mightily.

Unconsciously I am drawn to the brilliance of the colors I was surrounded by during my childhood in India. However I endeavor to transport the viewer beyond the obvious lure of color and subject matter, and want him to consider the complexities of the work and to feel the intensity of my commitment.

2000 -  Advanced  Abstract Art, The Art League, Alexandria, Virginia
1977 -  M.F. A. - Oil Painting, The American University, Washington D.C.
1971 -  B.A. -  Art History, Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts
1967 -  B.A. -   English/French, The University of Bombay, India

2002 -  Present, Faculty,The Art League, Alexandria, Virginia
2006 -  Faculty, Vanderzee School of Art, Alexandria, Virginia
2006 -  Present, Faculty,Smithsonian Associates, Washington DC
2006 -  Juror, Capitol Hill Art League

2006 - Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai, India,
2006 - The Ninth Street Gallery, Washington DC
2006 -  Art Musings, Mumbai, India
2005 - The Market Street Bar and Grill, Reston, Virginia
2005 - The Grinning Byrd Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio
2005 – The Pierce School, Washington DC
2004 – Indo-American Arts Council, New York, New York
2003 – Prince Street Gallery, New York, New York
2003 – Heritage India Gallery/Lounge, Washington D.C.
2002 – Carspecken-Scott Gallery, Wilmington, Delaware
2002 – The Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, Delaware
2001 – Greater Reston Art Center, Reston, Virginia
2000 – The Principle Gallery, Alexandria, Virginia
2000 – The Shoreby Club, Cleveland, Ohio
1993-2000 – The Art League, Alexandria, Virginia
1993-2000 – The Capitol Hill Art League, Washington D.C.

Full student scholarship to Wellesley College
Full student scholarship to the American University
Several awards from the Art League, Alexandria, Virginia

2007 – Art League Calendar
2006 - Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai, India, Catalog – A Work of Art, A work on Paper
2000 – Elan Magazine, Cover and lead article
2000 - The International Indian
The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The McLean Gazette

Astra Zeneca, Wilmington, Delaware
PRTM, Washington DC
Private collections in the United States, London and India


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