IAAC Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art of the Diaspora 2015

Tara Sabharwal
Tara Sabharwal
Tara Sabharwal

My paintings are a collection of thoughts and remembered moments from a journey of outward and inner explorations. Time fascinates me. As I spontaneously apply marks and colors, abandoning my conscious mindís need for logic and sequence, I attempt to tap into a deeper, submerged order and tune into timeís simultaneous openness. The Past embraces the experiences, environments and times I have lived in. It holds my debt to mentors and to the art traditions I have inherited and adopted. The Present is always at hand, pulsating withimpressions and the excitement of experimentation. The images in my paintings stem from a my time/ reality flux but they also draw from a common collective unconscious, where dreams, memory, imagination, myth and culture overlap and co-exist. In interpreting my pictures, I invite the viewer to visit their own submerged reality, and reflect.

Tara Sabharwal was born in New Delhi, India, studied painting at MS University, Baroda and completed her Masters from the Royal College of Art in London on a British Council scholarship. As a student in London, the Victoria and Albert Museum bought her work and she showed at Bernard Jacobson and Christopher Hull galleries.

On returning to India she had solo shows at Art Heritage and Cymroza galleries and after three years left for the UK on the Myles Meehan fellowship. This was followed by the Durham Cathedral fellowship and shows at the Laing Art gallery, DLI Museum, and the Darlington Art Center along with teaching in Newcastle and Sunderland Art colleges.

In 1990 Tara visited New York and since then lives between India, UK and NY, making paintings and prints and continuing to show internationally. She has had solo shows at Harewood House, Mercury, La Monte, East West and Rebecca Hossack galleries in London; Galerie Scherer, Michael Oess, Galerie Schwerpunkt and Martina Janzen in Germany; Henry Street settlement, John Jay, Stephen Harris and Gallery 678 in New York and Art Heritage, Cymroza, Nazar, Sakshi and Art alive galleries in India. She has shown at HISHIO, Japan, Orvieto arts festival, Italy and Versailles, Chamalieres and Duoro print triennials in France and Portugal.
In 2013 she has had solo shows at Arts Karsruhe (Germany), Idler gallery (London), Martina Janzen gallery, Dusseldorf and the Manhattan Graphic center, NYC.

She has taught art at the Guggenheim Museum, Cooper Union, Studio in a school, City University (CUNY) and the Rubin Museum of Art. She has received the Henry Street fellowship, International cultural collaborations grant, Cooper union residency, Hishio international exchange residency in Japan and her work is in the collection of the British Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum (a second collection) in London, the New York public library, Peabody Essex Museum in Boston and the Library of Congress in Washington DC.
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