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530 West 25th Street, New York, NY  Tue - Sat, 11am - 6pm
530 West 25th Street, New York, NY  Tue - Sat, 11am - 6pm
530 West 25th Street
Tue - Sat, 11am - 6pm
Poonam Verma
Roots and Wings
Agora Gallery
530 West 25th StreetNew York,NY
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  • Depth of Happiness
Acrylic on Canvas
36" x 24"   Depth of Happiness
    Acrylic on Canvas
    36" x 24"
    Poonam Verma

  • Rhythm Of Life
Acrylic on Canvas
36" x 24"   Rhythm Of Life
    Acrylic on Canvas
    36" x 24"
    Poonam Verma

  • Woman in Paradise
Acrylic on Canvas
24" x 24"   Woman in Paradise
    Acrylic on Canvas
    24" x 24"
    Poonam Verma

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Poonam Verma

POONAM VERMA

Roots and Wings
March 2 – March 22, 2019
Reception: Thursday, March 7, 2019 6-8 PM

The meticulously rendered paintings of Poonam Verma are celebrations of femininity. Creating colorful composition that are almost pointillistic in style, it’s typical of Verma’s work that a woman emerges as the subject of her work. Colored block by colored block, these figures express a range of different attitudes and present themselves through a variety of demeanors. Some of Verma’s women are athletes; others are (like herself) more creatively inclined, sometimes musically. In any case, what stands out is the way a feminine figure emerges out of a grid of patterned squares.

Rhythm Of Life shows a violinist set against a gilded backdrop. Something like a nude, the brightly colored units that compose her skin contrast with the continuous density of the hat on her head. Recalling Victorian-era portraiture, the way Verma renders her subject lends it a diffuse power that focuses not so much gender, or even embodiment, but rather on the creative energy of the intellect as it works to shape gendered bodies. In this way, the painting wraps the body of the female figure in abstraction, like a caliginous mist.