Selected excerpts from art reviews and write-ups by art critics
Things that fade, that cannot easily be caught and pinned down are Mehra concern, as of any devoted artist who knows that to seek is all.
- Keshav Malik in The Times of India
here 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 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 is a fertile mind rich in the aspects of intricately and exquisitely enriched cognitive details. Rooma works invite an inexorable condition in which the intricacies are not to be revealed in the experience of the condition. Its quality is felt in the richness of the ambient which engages the imagination with a wide range of tactile visual incident.
Roomaâ€™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 â€“ 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 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 tantalising and balanced shades.
- "A HAPPY BLEND OF WATERCOLOURS" by Vijay Bhushan
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.
Roomaâ€™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
Rooma Mehra is a young artist who combines in her person both poetry 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 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
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 of relief sculpture.
-"PROGRESSIVE TRENDS By V. SHAW
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 DART from the Art Review
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.
-"PAINTERS DISQUIET IN SOUL in THE INDIAN EXPRESS
After seeing her paintings, the predominant feeling that one has is that she is in search of an incomprehensible and invisible truth â€“ a longing for which is reflected in all her paintings.
-"ROOMA MEHRAS 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 Mehraâ€™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 BHUSHAN
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!
- 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