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SELECTED 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.z

Keshav Malik in 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 tantalising and balanced shades.

- "A HAPPY BLEND OF WATERCOLOURS" by Vijay Bhushan

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'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 of relief 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.

-"PAINTER'S 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 – a longing for which is reflected in all her paintings.

"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 BHUSHAN Commenting 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

Academic Honours..

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 the Lalit 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 2006 by 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

Solo Shows

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

1st-5th January 2005 – Sponsored Exhibition at the India Habitat Centre, Open Palm Court

called "Towards A New Dawn.."

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 inaugurated by HRH Dr. Karan Singh, President, Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR)

Participations < Group Shows (India)

All India Annual Art Exhibition 25th March onwards 2009

1st All India Woman's Art Exhibition, Art Mall March 2009

"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

14 - 21st December 2006 - Group Exhibition sponsored by Sahitya Kala Parishad, Gallery Greenwood < Wisdom Society of Creative Arts at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

Invited to participate in Exhibition at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur, organized by AAKAR

December 25th to 30th 2003

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 November 1986

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

Collections (India)

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.

Collections (Abroad)

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)

rooma's art/Virtual Websites:

http://roomamehra.net

www.saatchigallery.com

www.saatchionline.com

http://www.ngmaindia.gov.in

www.saffronart.com

www.artindia.net