JAMMU, Jan 20: Providing a glimpse into the art practice as taught in the Technical Schools, the precursors to the later day Fine Arts Colleges in the state, an art exhibition featuring the works of Prof Hari Ram Verma (1932-2010) and his self-taught son Yogeshwar Verma, opened at Kala Kendra, here today.
Titled as Exhibition on Creative & Contemporary Art, the three-day show was inaugurated by Priya Sethi, Minister of State for Education in the presence of Yudhvir Sethi, Vice-President BJP, spiritual guru Swami Bal Yogeshwar and Padmashri Jatinder Udhampuri and a large number of members of the ‘Thakur Parivar’.
Organized by Yogeshwar Verma in the memory of his father late Prof Hari Ram Verma and his deceased son Sourav, the two-person show has on display oil paintings by Prof Hari Ram and Yogeshwar Verma’s works mainly in pencil and a few oils.
Prof Hari Ram Verma belonged to the generation of modern artists of J&K who being well versed in media like watercolors and oil paintings made landscapes, portraits, and flower paintings. Reflecting the legacy of the Victorian realism, his works in the show include his some of his best oil paintings in genres of landscapes, snowscapes and a still life. There are also some theme-based works.
On the other hand, Yogeshwar Verma’s works, being a self-taught artist, reflect his predilections and fancies. Executed in a realistic style, his main works comprise of the portraits of cine stars like Madhubala, Aishwarya Roy, Kajol, and Marlin Monroe, in different moods. He also has painted a few landscape paintings.