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Uday K. Dhar
New York, NY, United states

Uday K. Dhar
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Uday K. Dhar

New York, NY, United States

Artists Statement:
My works derive their inspiration from various sources. I focus on the common ground that exists between diverse cultures. In this sense, I do not distinguish between figurative or abstract expressions.

My paintings pose the question: "Can ideas understood in the context of one culture find meaning and relevance in another culture?"  It is a reflection of a multi-cultural information-based global dynamic that defines how I live in the present day.

I often create works organized in series. This allows me to explore through variations the meaning of a particular idea. The form of the work becomes the key. A strong conceptual focus guides my work. But the works and the process to create the works take precedence. The focus is on how the work is made. and on the details of surface, layering. texture, brush work color, and form.
Press Release:
Article in the "Highbrow Magazin" by Sandra Bertrand:
The Flux Art Fair – Harlem's Second Renaissance
"But it is Uday Dhar's The New Americans, Adam and Eve that gets my vote for the most majestic mixed media painting in the show. Its gigantic masked couple are a worthy pair that could share the stage with some of the artists' favorite predecessors—Dürer, de Kooning and Picasso among them." (Sandra Bertrand; Highbrow Magazine)
About Cyndi Lauper's True Colors Residence Exhibition Preview + Art Connects NY's Spring Benefit on June 9, 2015:
– Article in the "Huffington Post" by Peter "Souleo" Wright:  
Art Exhibition and Non-profit Organization Look at LGBT Issues Beyond Marriage Equality
About the show "I found God in Myself" honoring Ntozake Shange's "For Colored Girls...", October 2014 - January 2015 at the Schomburgh Center for Black Research in Halem, New York City:
 Article in the "Daily News" by Alexis Garrett Stodghill:  
"Harlem artists team up ..." — "Daily News" Article about the Group Show
– Full-page article about Uday in the largest magazine in Bengali (published in Kolkata), by Sovan Tarafder: 
"It is not possible at all to capture the personal presence of Uday K. Dhar from his artwork printed with this interview. The picture included in a recent exhibition of CIMA named “ADBHUTAM” is intense and radiant. It is bright from an explosive and brilliant sarcasm."
Ananda Bazar Patrika (আনন্দবাজার পত্রিকা), Dec. 17, 2011 (PDF) — English translation here!
– This short article about the January 2012 show in Delhi features Uday's painting (at the left) as illustration:  
HTCity, New Delhi, Feb. 01, 2012 (JPG)
– National Indian TV station, NDTV's Breakfast News, short TV interview with Uday; see:
"Indian contemporary art: Where is it heading?"
NDTV (India), Dec. 8, 2011 (video, NDTV website)

    B. A. Columbia College, Columbia University, 1980
    Columbia University, New York, Department of Art, 1975 – 1980
    Parson School of Art, New York, 1985 – 1987
    School of Visual Arts, New York, 1989 – 1991
    Hochschule der Bildenden Künste, Berlin, 1991 – 1993
    Awards / Grants:
    Weir Farm Trust Grant: Painting, 2006
    Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, Painting 2005-06
    Vermont Studio Center: Full Fellowship, 2005
    Vermont Studio Center Residency: Full Fellowship, 2002
    (The Institute for Civil Society Award)
Exhibitions / Installations:
Current and Recent Shows:
Solo Show "I AM A GOD" ("Mythomania"), November 16 – January 2017; OPENING RECEPTION: November 16 from 5:00-9:30PM at the Art In FLUX storefront gallery, 163 Malcolm X Blvd. between 118 and 119th Streets, NYC.
Solo Show at the Russ Berrie Medical Science Pavilion, Columbia University, NYC, November 5, 2016 - February 10, 2017.
"Home is where", Group Show at the West Windsor Arts Center, NJ (952 Alexander Road, Princeton Junction). Jul 11 - Sep 10, 2016.
IAAC Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art (Group Show) at The Jan Hus Presbyterian Church Sanctuary, New York, NY. April 27th - June 30, 2016; and: at The Gallery - Flushing Town Hall, NY. October 1 - 30, 2016
    IAAC Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art (Group Show) at The Center for Contemporary Art, Bedminister, NJ. , March 17 - April 15, 2016.
    Cyndi Lauper's True Colors Residence Exhibition Preview + Art Connects NY's Spring Benefit: June 09, 2015, 6pm to 9pm: Gallery Kathryn Markel Fine Arts (529 W. 20th Street, Suite 6W, Chelsea) – Group Show (Commissioned Works) Engaging Artists, at the Queens Museum, NY, organized by MoreArts. Feb 07 - Feb 27, 2016.
    Flux Fair Harlem: May 14-17, 2015: fluxfair.nyc
    Harlem EatUp, NYC, May 14-17, 2015: harlemeatup.com
    (RE)VISIONS (Curated by the School of Visual Arts Masters in Curatorial Practice; show at 1199 First Avenue, NYC). April 9 - April 27, 2015 (Group show).
    Direct Current: PointB Worklodge Group Show, Opening: April 26, show from April 22 - May 27, 2015. 71 North 7th Street, Brooklyn, NY.
    Consistent Change (Aloft Hotel Lobby & Lounge, 2296 Frederick Douglass Blvd., at 124th St., NYC). March 18 - May 1, 2015 (Group show).
    Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Harlem, NY (515 Malcolm X Boulevard), October 3, 2014 - January 2015: "Celebrating the 40th Anniverseary of NTOZAKE SHANGE’S "For Colored Girls who have Considered Suicide when the Rainbow is Enuf" (Group show).
    The Sol Studio (2073 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Bldv.; between 123rd and 124th St.): September 10, 2014 - December 2014: I found god in myself (Group show)
    OPTIONAL ALLUSIONS (Aloft Hotel Lobby & Lounge, 2296 Frederick Douglass Blvd., at 124th St., NYC). September - December 2014 (Group show).
    Whittier Center, Roxbury, MA from April 5 to April 30, 2014. Group Show "Transcending Spiritual Boundings".
    General Electric Company Gallery at GE's Fairfield, CT corporate headquarters from June 24, 2013 - August 23, 2013. Group Show "Pride and Progress".
    Strivers Gardens Gallery (300 West 135th Street), NY, NY - Group Show "Motown to Def Jam". See Uday's artwork here. Watch his interview during a preview, by harleminterviews.com. June/July 2013.
    LeRoy Nieman Art Center (New York, NY): Group Show "Lasting Legacy"; February 27-April 10, 2013
    2012/2013: Gallery Art&Soul (Mumbai, India): December 17, 2012 until Jan. 17, 2013 (click to see the images)
    2012: Pen Club Gallery (Budapest, Hungary): August 24- September 16, 2012, Group Show (3 works on paper);
    2012: art6 (Richmond, Virginia): August 2012, Group Show ("Erasing Borders": IAAC Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art of the Diaspora 2012);
    2012: Crossing Art Gallery (Queens, New York): March 17 - April 20, 2012, Group Show ("Erasing Borders": IAAC Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art of the Diaspora 2012 - Painting; 62" x 48" );
    2012: CUNY (City University of New York; Baisley Powell Elebash Recital Hall): March 22, 2012; Video installations accompanying violonist Karen Rostron (in cooperation with Aika "aica" Kumatani and Hiroshi Kumatani);
    2012: Visual Arts Gallery (New Delhi, India): Jan. 24 - Feb. 02, 2012, Group Exhibition: "Adbhutam – rasa in Indian Art".
    2012: Figment (Governor's Island, NY), 9-10 June, 2012: "Trees R US" (Installation)
    CIMA Gallery (Kolkata, Calcutta, India): Dec. 2 - Dec. 31, 2011, Group Exhibition: "Adbhutam – rasa in Indian Art".
    Jorgensen Gallery, University of Connecticut: Sept. 19 - Dec. 09, 2011, Group Exhibition (IAAC Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art of the Diaspora 2011);
    Aicon Gallery, Manhattan, NoHo: August 16 - Sept. 03, 2011, Group Exhibition (IAAC Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art of the Diaspora 2011);
    CIMA Gallery (Kolkata/Calcutta, India): Summer Show (June/July 15, 2011), Group Exhibition;
    Queens Museum of Art: March 19 - April 10, 2011, Group Exhibition (IAAC Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art of the Diaspora 2011);
    Charles B. Wang Center, Stony Brook University: April 23 - May 27, 2011, Group Exhibition (IAAC Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art of the Diaspora 2011);
    Before 2011:
    Solo exhibition: Visual Arts Gallery (India Habitat Centre), New Delhi, India, December 2010  (Presented by Galleria, New Delhi)
    Figment, Art Installation, Governor's Island, NY, June 2009
    Group Exhibition: Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai, India, February 2007
    Group Exhibition: Unesco Conference Exhibition, Bali, Indonesia, January 2007
    Group Exhibition: Ernst Museum, Budapest, Hungary, Summer 2005
    Group Exhibition: Arpad Gallery, Balatonfüred, Hungary, Summer 2004
    Group Exhibition: "Prism", Advocate Gallery, Los Angeles, Summer 2003
    Group Exhibition: "ArtWallah 2002", ArtShare, Los Angeles, Spring 2002
    Group Exhibition: "alienNation", Harbourside Gallery, Toronto, Summer 2001
    Group Exhibition: "ArtWallah 2001", ArtShare, Los Angeles, Spring 2001
    Group Exhibition: "Diasporadics", Riverside Church, New York, Summer 2000
    Solo exhibition: "Jungli Beauties", Burgh House Gallery, London, U.K, Spring 2000
    Solo exhibition: "Divide Paintings", Galerie Ost-Art, Berlin, Germany, Summer 1997
    Solo exhibition: New paintings, Galerie 7 Raben, Berlin, Germany, 1993
    Group Exhibition: "Artists of Color fight AIDS", Art in General Gallery, New YorkCity, 1991
    Group Exhibition: "Artists against AIDS", Clinton Street Gallery, New York City, 1989
The Corporation at Yaddo, Fall 2006
Weir Farm Trust, Fall 2006
Macdowell Residency, Spring 2006
Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT, Spring 2005
Triangle Arts Association Workshop, Dumbo, Brooklyn, October 2004
Hungarian Multicultural Center, Balatonfüred, Hungary, June 2004
Caldera, Sisters, Oregon, April 2004
Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT, Spring 2002
Sumei Multicultural Art Center, Newark, NJ ,Spring 2002
Drawing Center, New York, NY, Selection for the Slide Registry, 2005 – 2011

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