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EXCERPTS FROM ART REVIEWS
AND WRITE-UPS BY ART CRITICS
Things that fade, that cannot easily be caught and pinned down are Mehra’s concern, as of any devoted artist who knows that to seek is all.
Keshav Malikin The Times of India
There must be something common between painting, sculpture,poetry and music, so many painters write poetry, so many poets can also play some musical instrument or the other or sing.
One of them is Rooma Mehra.
-Khushwant Singh in his MALICE column on Rooma Mehra in THE HINDUSTAN TIMES.
Rooma’s works reveal the products of a mind which in its ultimate imaginative reach is capable of finding itself wherever it looks even though it marks within, its own divisive strengths.
There is a sense of visual victory, as one perceives these works.
Rooma’s is a fertile mind rich in the aspects of intricately and exquisitely enriched cognitive details. Rooma’s works invite an inexorable condition in which the intricacies are not to be revealed in the experience of the condition. It’s quality is felt in the richness of the ambient which engages the imagination with a wide range of tactile visual incident.
Rooma’s paintings evoke a splendor that must have existed below the thin white sheen of the canvas she touched. In the stillness of all else around you listen to these paintings – as they weave their way through the crest of melody. For Rooma perhaps it is the inevitable that colour should be used with a fervent relish.
In her deliberation to personalize or depersonalize she has also set a stage for a creative art.
-"ROOMA’S RESONANCE’ BY UMA NAIR
Rooma's Art is revolutionising in the sense that it emphasizes more on the happening. She touches the very core of personalities through her tantalizing and balanced shades.
- "A HAPPY BLEND OF WATERCOLOURS" by Vijay Bhushan
Rooma Mehra is a young artist who combines in her person bothpoetry and painting. It is a rare combination, but a strong one. What is significant is that she makes effective statements both literally as well as visually.
Rooma’s works with a sure hand and a lot of thinking goes into her work. That is why she knows what she is doing and what exactly she wants from the medium. It will be interesting to watch her next stage in both painting and in poetry. For she is a progressive artist and poet.
-"WITH A SURE HAND" BY R.S. YADAV
Within the tradition of a synthesis of art forms and artists is an increasingly popular artist, Rooma Mehra. A self-taught painter and a poetess of repute, her watercolours are currently on display.
Rooma has chosen to work within the paradigm of the universal shunning the obvious "Indian" imagery.
- "NOT OF IMAGERY ALONE’ by Seema Bawa in THE PIONEER
Her strength lies in her sensitive faces as well as in her use of colours. Mehra has made skillful use of the medium of watercolours, exploiting both its dreamy, vapour-like quality as well as its rich colours and hues.
-"SERENE DREAMSCAPES’ by Bharati Chaturvedi in the INDIAN EXPRESS
Rooma’s works exude secretiveness and a magical charm. You must believe in magic, if you want to prod this unknown terrain.
- ‘ROOMA MEHRA’S ART: ‘PRODDING AN UNKNOWN TERRAIN’by Narendra Dixit (the then Director of the LALIT KALA AKADEMI’S ARTIST’S STUDIOS) in Sunday Reading of "The Tribune"
Among the sculptors, Rooma Mehra holds an important place with her mural-like pieces. She interweaves imagery with a philosophical bent to life. In the modern context, her art is highly evocative and innovative. And the general effect is that ofrelief sculpture.
-"PROGRESSIVE TRENDS’ by V. SHAW reviewing the 62nd Annual All India Art Exhibition organized by the All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society.
Rooma belongs to the new generation and as her duty demand, she has a record to show a total involvement with her subject. She is an artist who finds her platform step by step. Her growth in the field has been evident for a strong work base
- "GLIMPSE OF PRESENT-DAY OBJETS D’ART’ from the Art Review of
THE NATIONAL EXHIBITION OF ART
The familiar idiom of brush and colour, used to express familiar emotions, but the style in which Rooma Mehra expresses them truly distinguishes them.
- RATNOTTAMA SENGUPTA in THE TIMES OF INDIA
If the viewer goes through the paintings of Rooma Mehra, he will find a tragic sense of life deeply etched in the background of every painting. Looking at her paintings, no one would doubt the reality of the disquiet in her soul.
After seeing her paintings, the predominant feeling that one has is that she is in search of an incomprehensible and invisible truth – a longing for which is reflected in all her paintings.
-"PAINTER’S DISQUIET IN SOUL’ in THE INDIAN EXPRESS
"ROOMA MEHRA’S WORLD OF ART’ IN NAVBHARAT TIMES
As a poetess and composer of many published pieces, Rooma views painting as having strong affinity with poetry. One expresses in the unsaid manner and the other in the said word.
"FULFILLING A NEED’ in THE HINDUSTAN TIMES
Rooma Mehra’s multi-faceted personality cast a woman in bronze entitled "Prayer" to remind the sacrifices made by the martyrs.
Conglomeration of forms, and rough textures are found so often in the art of Rooma.
-IN TRIBUTE TO MARTYRS’ by VIJAY BHUSHANCommenting on an exhibition organized by GARHI ARTISTS COMMUNITY FOR KARGIL MARTYRS at Lalit Kala Akademi
A very intense but muted angst permeates the Shridharani Gallery - a feeling of trauma and suffering runs through Mehra's work.
"COMMENDABLE" by the Art Critic, THE HINDU
Great grip on portraiture, on capturing emotion minimally! - by Shanta Serbjeet Singh, Culture Columnist and eminent Dance Critic.
Rooma Mehra's has been an aware and active participation in Contemporary Art for the past few years.
-"THE COMPLETENESS OF THE WOMAN" in Dainik Jaagran
"Strokes of Muse and Colour"
in The Sunday Tribune
Rooma Mehra has had 11 solo shows of her paintings, reliefs and sculptures. Her artworks are found in private & permanent collections including in NGMA, New Delhi, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, Arte Antica Gallery, Canada and individual collections in Switzerland, U.S.A. Denmark, Austria, Spain and Japan. She is also a poetess of repute.
Awarded Government of India’s Merit Scholarship
Awarded by the USIS
Topped in the Mittelstufe-I examination conducted by the
Max Mueller Bhawan in German Language
Awarded by the Goethe-Institut, Munich
Awarded at the Shankar’s International Painting Competition at age 13
Worked at theLalit Kala Akademi's GARHI studios for over a decade.
Scholarships & Awards
Scholarship for studying Fine Arts at the Art Students League of New York, U.S.A. 1986
Included in the International WHO’S WHO OF PROFESSIONAL WOMEN
by AMERICAN BIOGRAPHICAL INSTITUTE, North Carolina, U.S.A. in March 2000
Artist of the Month Award from www.digitalconsciousness.com in May 2005
Woman of the Year 2006by American Biographical Institute
Included in the GOLDEN TREASURY OF INDO-ANGLIAN POETRY,
and Indo-Anglian Literature’s “WHO’S WHO” published by SAHITYA AKADEMI
Included in the Indo-American Who's Who in 2006
First solo show at AIFACS, New Delhi in 1982 (Paintings)
Same Exhibition sponsored by the Indo-Soviet Cultural Society (1982)
Third solo show of Paintings and Sculptures at Shridharani Gallery,
New Delhi in 1985
Fourth solo exhibition of Paintings, Reliefs and Sculptures at Shridharani
Gallery in 1989
Vadehra Art Gallery, 1989 (their inaugural show)
Educational show sponsored by the Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi at
The LSR Premises in September 1989
Exhibition of Watercolours sponsored by Gallery 42 in 1992
"IN SEARCH OF PEACE" An Exhibition of Paintings and Mixed Medias at the
LALIT KALA AKADEMI, NEW DELHI, from NOV. 25TH to DECEMBER 2ND 2002
Invited to participate in Exhibition at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur, organized by AAKAR
December 25th to 30th 2003
1st-5th January 2005 – Sponsored Exhibition at the India Habitat Centre, Open Palm Court
called "Towards A New Dawn.."
14 - 21st December 2006 - Group Exhibition sponsored by Sahitya Kala Parishad, Gallery Greenwood & Wisdom Society of Creative Arts at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
"ART FROM THE HEART" an exhibition and Sale of Paintings organised by ANIMAL SAVIOUR Venue: WWF-India, 172-B, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi Saturday, 1st September, 2007 at 7.00 PM onwards till 2nd September from 10 AM to 6 PM
Exhibition of Paintings: "..enlightenment.."
dedicated to the memory of my beloved mother, Mrs. Sushil Mehra
from 21st - 24th March 2008 at Palm Court Gallery, INDIA HABITAT CENTRE
Participations & Group Shows (India)
GARHI ARTISTS COMMUNITY for Kargil Martyrs at LALIT KALA
AKADEMI Galleries in July- August 1999.
"THE FEMININE PERCEPTION" – An Exhibition of Paintings by three
Women Artists sponsored by Gallerie Petite in Oct, Nov. 1995
Dhoomi Mal Art Centre, May 1996
AIFACS Annual 1996, AIFACS Mini Sculpture Exibition 1996
Sahitya Kala Parishad Annual Exhibitions 1981, 83, 85, Yuva Mahotsavas Kala Melas ,etc
Sahitya Kala Parishad 1994
Dhoomimal Art Gallery – Ravi Jain Memorial 1992
1ST All India Mini Sculpture Exhibition March 31- April 8, 1992
. AIFACS Annuals 1987, 1988 (Diamond Jubilee Exhibition), 1990 etc.
All India Women’s Art Exhibition 1987
Dhoomimal Sculpture Festival 1990 to 1994
Artists of Fame and Promise – Living Art"- co – sponsored by Studio One
and AIFACS in February 1991
Inter-State Exchange of Art (SKP) 1984, 1985
Welcomgroup Art Auction for Drought Relief at the Maurya Sheraton in
International Women’s Art Exhibition AIFACS in 1988
National Exhibition 1990 (Lalit Kala Akademi) New Delhi
Bharat Bhavan Biennial of Contemporary Indian Art in February 1990
Participation International Exhibitions and Exhibitions Abroad
Represented at the exhibition of Indian Artists organised by the Indian Embassy in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1984
Works displayed in Copenhagen Town Hall, Denmark
Invited to participate in " A View of the New " a Commonwealth and U.K.
Contemporaries Art Show by the Royal Overseas League held in 1990
Private showings and sale of paintings during travel to Austria
Denmark, Austria and Switzerland in 1984 and the U.S.A
National Gallery of Modern Art, 1999
Lalit Kala Akademi Collection, 1989
Individual collections in India (incl. Secretary, Indian Council of Cultural Research
(ICCR) during first exhibition in 1982 and the then Ambassador of Switzerland (in the
same year), the Embassy of Spain, the Embassy of Switzerland, Studio One collection,
the Indian Ambassador to Denmark etc.
Collection of ARTE ANTICA, Canada, 2002
Paintings and Sculptures in individual Collections in Switzerland, U.S.A. Denmark, Austria. Spain and Japan
Others (Voluntary Work)
Taught visually challenged students of the Blind Relief Association
Worked with the SOS Childrens Villages of India (Christian Childrens Fund)
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