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Ajay Dhandre View Gallery 

Finished B.F.A. (Painting) in 2001, from the Government College of Art, Nagpur. Has won the following awards: In 2003 Kalankan Prayas Dhanbad, Jharkhand & V.V.Oak Exhibition Pune & in 2004 South Central Zone, Nagpur. Has had his first solo show in 2005 at Nehru Centre Art Gallery Mumbai. He has participated in Group shows from: 2000 South Central Zone Nagpur; 2004 K.C.P.Art Gallery, Bangalore; 2003-04 Art Gallery Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal; 2003 & 2005 Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi; 2004 & 2005 Gallery Beyond, Mumbai. Has attended Camps in 2003 at Shimla, Jaipur & at Venue Eye Institute, New Delhi. He has participated in the following shows: 2003 V.V.Oak Exhibition, Pune; Bombay Art Society; Kalkankan Pravas Dhanbad, Jharkhand; All India Art Exhibition, Lucknow UP; 6th Bharat Bhavan International Biennale of Print, Bhopal; All India Fine Art & Crafts Society, New Delhi; 2004 South Central Zone, Nagpur & Maharashtra State Art Exhibition, Mumbai. His works are in the collection of R.P.G.Enterprises Mumbai & Venue Eye Institute New Delhi. He lives and works in Mumbai.

Ajay Dhandre fights an impossible battle with the digital imagery. He makes the ardous use of his hand (and head) when computers are commonplace. His painstakingly painted drawings resemble science-fiction images, though not thoroughly. The imagery lays between stoic spaceships of the sci-fi and odes to the biological forms. Some drawings may even remind the viewer of animation/computer game characters. Yet, the lyric of the line, the rhythm of patterns, the alphabet-like motifs that populate the squares in a typical Dhandre work… in essence, the joys of craft, are unmistakable. The geneology of these motifs might be traced to the pre-historic caves of Bhimbetka (Madhya Pradesh, India). Alternately, the structures that Ajay Dhandre imagines might be viewed as an intense critique of the aesthetic statements that underlay our notions of ultramodern.

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