|Saturday, March 8, 2003||
SATPAL Verma is a rare name among those self-taught realist painters who have expressed life in its different moods. This artist, also fond of classical music, was born on May 2, 1930, in Ganganagar, Rajasthan.
Depicting men, women, palaces, forts, flora and fauna, his paintings give a new dimension to the untouched issues of human life. Whenever he gets enamoured by any scene, he likes to capture it on canvas.
How do the trees and
plants look when they are hit by a cyclone? Red, pink or blue - what
does the sky look like in the morning and the evening? What
expressions appear on the face of a child while he is weeping? What
emotion is depicted on a mother's face when she is feeding her child?
This he has portrayed on a painting titled 'Vatsalya' in which a sheep
is shown feeding a ram. Through this painting he has depicted mother's
love and affection.
Besides concentrating on nature, he also uses the medium of painting to tell you about sorrow and social evils afflicting our society. In a painting titled 'who is burning?' he hits out at the practice of giving and receiving dowry. This painting shows a burning woman with Parliament in the background. Some of his paintings lay bare the socio-economic problems of rural India.
Satpal Verma has 225 paintings to his credit. Even though this artist has had no formal training in art, he has students doing Ph.D. coming to him for guidance in realistic work.
Some of his famous
paintings are 'Himalayan Shepherd', 'Kangra Lass' 'Junagarh Fort', 'Mamta',
'Innocent Tears', 'At the Spinning Mill', Chattrapati Shivaji', 'Sohni
Mahiwal', Moonlit Night', 'The Glittering Taj', 'An Old Warrior', 'Last
Shade of Life', 'Life Cycle', 'Rural Radiance', 'Jaigath Fort' and