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Delna Dastur
Mclean, VA

About the Artist

Delna Dastur – Delna wants her work to be complex, full of depth and texture, and she thrives on experimentation. She wants viewers to find something new in her paintings, constantly. Each painting feeds the next and this often leads her to create series. One series is very organic in feel and the other much more structural. Nature in all its color, intricacy, and beauty is reflected in one, and cityscapes standing tall and grand in the other. Occasionally the two intersect, plants intertwining with buildings, climbing atop skyscrapers. She has a huge arsenal of materials in her studio…

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About the Artist

Delna Dastur – Delna wants her work to be complex, full of depth and texture, and she thrives on experimentation. She wants viewers to find something new in her paintings, constantly. Each painting feeds the next and this often leads her to create series. One series is very organic in feel and the other much more structural. Nature in all its color, intricacy, and beauty is reflected in one, and cityscapes standing tall and grand in the other. Occasionally the two intersect, plants intertwining with buildings, climbing atop skyscrapers. She has a huge arsenal of materials in her studio and uses them to create layer upon layer of acrylics, inks, markers, gels, and collage. She intermingles paintings with drawing, finding joy in creating both. She wants to engage the viewer and to share her excitement in creating the work. Similarly, she conveys this enthusiasm about making art while teaching a class entitled, Exploring Abstraction at the Smithsonian Institution.

Artist’s Work

Festooned
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Festooned

By Delna Dastur

Joyous unfurling
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Joyous Unfurling

By Delna Dastur

Before the bubble burst
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Before the Bubble Burst

By Delna Dastur

Weve got rhythm
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We've Got Rhythm

By Delna Dastur

Flourishing
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Flourishing

By Delna Dastur

The victory dance
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The Victory Dance

By Delna Dastur

Seeking the light
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Seeking the Light

By Delna Dastur

Tendrils
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Tendrils

By Delna Dastur

Field of dreams 7
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Field of Dreams

By Delna Dastur

Citywide celebration
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Citywide Celebration

By Delna Dastur

Poised to catch
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Poised to Catch

By Delna Dastur

Entangled 2
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Entangled

By Delna Dastur

Sprouting
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Sprouting

By Delna Dastur

The celebration
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The Celebration

By Delna Dastur

The skys the limit 2
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The Sky's the Limit

By Delna Dastur

Celebrating
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Celebrating

By Delna Dastur

Revelry
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Revelry

By Delna Dastur

Concealed
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Concealed

By Delna Dastur

Barrier
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Barrier

By Delna Dastur

Bricks and mortar 2
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Bricks and Mortar

By Delna Dastur

Mist 5
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Mist

By Delna Dastur

Pulsate 2
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Pulsate

By Delna Dastur

Undulate
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Undulate

By Delna Dastur

Empowered 2
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Empowered

By Delna Dastur

Shrouded 2
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Shrouded

By Delna Dastur

Maximum
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Maximum

By Delna Dastur

Rising against all odds
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Rising Against All Odds

By Delna Dastur

Escape 13
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Escape

By Delna Dastur

Selected Exhibitions

Press and Accolades

  • 25th Anniversary Diary/Catalog for the Contemporary Indian Art exhibition at Gallery Art Motif, New Delhi
    March 2021
  • The Washington Post review of "Intention/Invention" a two person curated exhibit at McLean Project for the Arts
    February 2019
  • Published in 'Studio Visit', volume forty one, a juried selection of international visual artists
    2018
  • The Washington Post review of "Influence and Inspiration," a juried exhibit at the Athenaeum
    2014
  • Article in the Fezana Journal. Chicago
    Spring Issue, 2012
  • SPAN article, United States Embassy publication, New Delhi
    March/April issue, 2010
  • Time Out Delhi, Critic's Choice and review
    March 2010

Education

  • American University , Master of Fine Arts, Oil Painting
    Washington DC,1977 
  • Wellesley College, Bachelor of Arts, Art History
    Wellesley, Mass.,1971 
  • St. Xavier's College, University of Bombay, Bachelor of Arts, English/French
    Bombay, India,1967