Her hybrid monoprint paintings are delicate and layered; she can make objects float in the neither-here-nor-there ether. 

Seph Rodney, "A show of luminous paintings', Hyperallergic 2018

Sabharwal’s keen eye for color and nuances in hue, such as in “Steam”(2017), are demonstrated throughout the exhibition Float. And for someone who manipulates shade and tone as deftly as she does, it’s impressive that her sense of compositional structure is just as strong which can be seen in the black and white print “Anniversary” (2016), which depicts what may be dandelion wisps  wafting to the foreground to become a garden of human eyes settling onto a bone-white ground below. Loveliness lives in her hands.

Seph Rodney, "A show of luminous paintings', Hyperallergic 2018

They are about deep spaces, of the mind, of the subconscious, undersea,night sky or about light itself. They are floating spaces without a horizon.They may resemble a meta-scape but the sheer technical procedure of working through layers, image translation across surfaces and acts of markmaking disallow the mystical; instead, they set into motion the poetics of paint and a dialectic between the familiar and the uncanny. 

Parul Dave Mukherjee, "A Fauvist feast, towards a tautology of practice',2017

Such a degree of inner self-regard, or inner dialogue, is as rare as it is difficult. It is solipsistic, on one hand, and totally open to the world on the other hand, all at once; at the same time it represents something perfectly communicable and totally opaque. In such dream-like states we regain complete autonomy. This sovereign autonomy is the essence of Tara Sabharwal's paintings.

In her work one sees a palette of earth and sky and every thing in between intimately and closely related to our possible experience of color in the world. As the embodiment of a constant tension between above and below they are the mediation of light above all. Distilled light, filtered through air, leaves, skins, objects and bodies of all sorts, embracing the worlds of humanity, animals, plants, and stars, permeates her canvases. 

Yehuda Emmanuel Safran, 'In other rooms', 2013

Everything Tara paints has the presence of intense imaginings, and seems to be caught in a state of slow awakening, breathing on the surface, unsettled as yet in its own body. The ‘strangely familiar’ and the ‘familiarly strange’ are all prompted by the everyday life but acquire composite dimensions so that the inadequacies of the self

can be overcome. 

Roobina Karode, 'In other rooms I meet myself', 2013

The long years of working in sumei ink and watercolors displays a poetic sensibility that distinctly complements Tara’s naïve yet sophisticated visuality, poised between delicacy and resilience. Colour exudes light as experienced underwater on forms or by forms in the lowly illuminated moonlight. The faint liquid tones interspersed with sharp details create the distance between things through emotive scaling. Even a matter of fact image gains an aura in its blurry presence.

Roobina Karode, 'In other rooms I meet myself', 2013

Perhaps, that’s why, in surveying this dreamscape of etchings and monotypes, one is left astonished, yes, but also filled with an enormous sense of intimacy with a world that, no matter what its enclosures, remains open, playful, unresolved and, yes, optimistic

Stathis Gourgouris, The Open dream paths of Tara Sabharwal, 2013

Sabharwal's dense watercolors make an intense and intricate impact. With cultural roots in India and Europe- her paintings hint at obscure rites and mythologies, along with psycological and emotional undercurrents.

Peter Inch, Art Review, 1991

These are vulnerable paintings, composed of raw tissue, at times harsh and nervous, at times delicate and intimate. Tara's paintings explores the regions of the mind- regions of reverie, enchantment, alienation and uncertainity.

Stephanie Brown, Art News 1989

Delicately poised between dream and reality, Tara;s figures play our private fantasies, yet have not lost touch with the world. 

Using sweeping strokes and frenetic gestures, she draws childlike forms which are almost apologetic in their somewhat hesitant and apologetic construction. This purposeful underplaying results in strengthening the incongruities of the situations depicted and imparts a sense of innocence and openness to the work.

Kamala Kapoor, Frenetic gestures, 1987

Selected Bibliography, Books, Videos and Links

Seph Rodney                                              A show of Luminous paintings overshadowed by crowded                                                                         curation,  Hyperallergic, NYC 2018

Drishti Vij                                                      Deconstructing Color, The Patriot,  India, 2017

Shilpa R                                                         An act of Spontaneity, The Hindu, India, 2017

Pallavi Chattopadhya                                  Traveling Light, Indian express, India, 2017

Gandhi Ranjan                                             Exploring the abstract with Tara Sabharwal, The Week                                                                              magazine, India, 2017

Correspondent                                             American artist of Indian origin returns to Delhi, Sunday                                                                          Guardian, India, 2017

Vinay Agrawal                                              Art becomes her, Society magazine, 2018

Parul Dave Mukherjee                                A Fauvist Feast: Towards a Tautology of Practice

Yehuda Emmanuel Safran                         Dream and Existence in Tara Sabharwal's Paintings, New                                                                        York, 2016

Sophie Sanders                                            Tara Sabharwal: Embracing the Lightness of Being, New                                                                          York 2016


Yehuda Emmanuel Safran                           In Other Rooms, Art Alive Gallery, New Delhi, India 2013


Roobina Karode                                            In Other Rooms, I Find Myself, Art Alive Gallery, New                                                                                 Delhi, India, 2013

Andy McCord                                                 Tangible, Intangible, Palpable, Ineffable Space and                                                                                      Spirits, Galerie Janzen, Dusseldorf, Germany, 2013

Orlanda  Brugnola                                        New Work by Tara Sabharwal, Hishio Gallery,                                                                                              Japan, 2008


Michael Chisolm                                           Tara Sabharwal, VM Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan, 2007

Salwat Ali                                                       Leading Pathways, Confining Passages, Dawn                                                                                             Newspaper, February 24, 2007


Karin Miller-Lewis                                        Thoughtful Explorations, Art Alive Gallery, New Delhi,                                                                                 India, 2006

Stathis Gourgouris                                       The Open Dream Paths of Tara Sabharwal, Art Alive                                                                                  Gallery, New Delhi, India, 2006


Nanditta Chibber                                          The Wanderer. Business Standard Newspaper, New                                                                                    Delhi,India. September, 2006

Manoj Nair                                                     A Paletteful of Asha. The Economic Times,  New Delhi,                                                                              India, 24 September 2006

Archana                                                         Indian Shades from New York City. Hindustan Times,                                                                                  New Delhi, India. September, 2006

S Kalidas                                                        Hidden Worlds of the Self. India Today Magazine, New                                                                              Delhi. September, 2006

Avtar Singh                                                    Open Dream Paths of Tara Sabharwal. Outlook, New                                                                                   Delhi, India. September, 2006

Madhur Tahkna                                             Fusion of Eastern and Western Cultures. The Hindu, New                                                                           Delhi, India. September, 2006

Dee Whittington and Jackie Newell            Monoprints of Tara Sabharwal, From Book,                                                                                                   Monoprinting. The Printmaking Manual.

Art Correspondent                                       Colors of a Different World. The Financial Times, New                                                                                Delhi, India. September 2002


Corinna Ghaznavi                                         Wish, WARC Gallery Group Exhibition, Toronto, Canada,                                                                              2002

Hans Dorflinger                                            Tara Sabharwal, Neue Gallery, Konstanz, Germany, 2002


Karin Miller-Lewis                                       Mysteries of the Mundane, Art Heritage Gallery, New                                                                                 Delhi, India, 2002


Karin Miller-Lewis                                       No Place Like Home, Art India Magazine, Vol. 5, Issue 1,                                                                             Quarter 1, 2000

Ebrahim Alkazi                                             The Dream of Waking Consciousness, Art Heritage                                                                                     Gallery, New Delhi, India, 1996


Prayag Shukla                                              Towards a Maturing Intensity, Art Heritage Gallery, New                                                                            Delhi, India, 1996

Lavina Melwani                                             American Indian Art, Little India, March 1994

Suneet Chopra                                              An Emotional Look at Radical Feminism, Art Heritage                                                                                Gallery, New Delhi. India, 1993


Elizabeth Wix                                                4 Artists’ Melancholic Reflections, Council for the Arts on                                                                         the North Shore. Glen Cove, NY, 1992

Peter Inch                                                     Tara Sabharwal: Paintings & Drawings 1988-1991,                                                                                     Harewood House.Terrace Gallery, Leeds, UK, 1991


Stephanie Brown                                        Tara Sabharwal- Paintings and drawings, Laing Art                                                                                    Gallery, NewCastle. For Art News Magazine, 1989


David Olivant                                                Tara Sabharwal, Darlington Art Center, Myles Meehan                                                                               Fellowship, 1989

Kamala  Kapoor                                           Frenetic Gestures, Art Heritage & Cymroza Gallery                                                                                     Traveling Exhibition, Delhi and Mumbai, India, The                                                                                      Sunday Observer Art Review, 1987

Ivan Prescott                                                 Tara Sabharwal , Art Heritage & Cymroza Gallery                                                                                        Traveling Exhibition, New Delhi. India, 1987                   


D.G Natkarni                                                  Impressive Debut by Baroda Artist, Times of India Art                                                                                Review, New Delhi, India, 1987

Isana Murti                                                     A New Complexity, The Sunday Observer Art Review,                                                                                Mumbai, India, 1987

Mary Rose Beaumont                                   RCA Painting & Printmaking Degree Show, Royal College                                                                          of Art, London, UK, 1982



Create!, by Ronald Rand, 2016


Directing Art: Ebrahim Alkazi: The Making of a Modern Indian Art World, edited by Parul Dave-Mukherjee, 2016


Lo Real Maravilloso, 2017. Gallery Espace, New Delhi, India. Exhibition Book, by Sunil Mehra, 2009


Contemporary Art in Baroda, edited by Gulam Mohammad Sheikh and Belinder Dhanoa, 2006


Monoprinting, The Printmaking Handbook,  By Jackie Newell and Dee Whittington, 2006



VoCa Talk, Voices of Contemporary Art, NYC, Nov 2017 at Fales Library, NYU. http://www.voca.network/programs/voca-talks/


From Hishio: Tara Sabharwal, Artist Residency at Center for International Cultural Exchange, HISHIO, Japan, video by Tom Dean, 2008

Tara Sabharwal, Asian American Art Center, New York, video by Weigang Song, 2016

Syntalk: The Dreamy Sleepy States.  https://syntalk.wordpress.com/episodes/turn-three/tdss/


Women's Studio Workshop,







Art alive gallery, New Delhi, India.


View Catalog 2013 Exhibition

View Catalog 2017 Exhibition


View Catalog 2017 show

Martina Janzen, Wuppertal, Germany. 


Wilmer Jennings gallery


The Joan Mitchell Foundation CALL Program (Creating A Living Legacy)



Gottlieb Foundation Artist Support Grant



The British Museum



Victoria and Albert Museum


MONA Museum of Nebraskan art



Adrian Duckworth museum


Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, Georgia,


Hishio, Japan. International center for cultural exchange




Women's Studio Workshop




Vermont Studio Center


Atelier Beisinghoff


Artsasiaamerica. A digital archive of Asian/Asian American contemporary art history 


Indo- American art council (IAAC) New York. 

Erasing borders group show,of Indian diaspora artists. 2007-2012 







Monumental ideas in Miniature books