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Varma Youngo: Clay, Canvas and Curious Nerve
|by Dr. Vishnu Sharma|
The sculptor and painter, Varma Youngo, carries a long, dusty beard. It has turned gray over his tiresome trail from Haryana, to Frankfurt and to Toronto. During the last four decades, his scalpel and B6 pencil have been his only soul mates. Uncertainties and insecurities on the way could not curb his spirits. He has been exploring the subtle and intense interface of light and dark, deep down in his psyche. He has come up with highly evocative expressions.
A glimpse into Youngo’s work can be a discovery and inspiration for the lovers of art, and the critics of consciousness.
Youngo has created many sculptures in wood, ceramics, and metal. His graphite sketch work bears the stamp of his originality and commitment. He acknowledges the influence of Auguste Brancusi, a Romanian sculptor, known as the father of modern sculpture. However, for fulfilling his first love for sculpturing, on a scale appropriate to his dynamism, he lacked resources and opportunities.
He exhibited his works in some well-known galleries in India and Europe, and attracted genuine appreciations. Some of his statues and fountain figures adorn public buildings in New Delhi and Frankfurt. A relief fresco in teak and a teak sculpture garnish Royal Palace of Nepal. However, he remained obsessed with coming to terms with his essential self and fortification of his individual idiom. The struggle, of course, continues. There are definite clues of his relative success in his latest drawings that form the part of the present exhibition. One hopes that the trend is not transient. It needs to continue at least till some really great masterpieces are created. Galleries and sophisticated collectors would do well to keep an eye on this artist.
He is alien to its perverted fashion. Modern European paintings steeped in stark sexuality have not been his cup of tea. Youngo has persisted in spiritual quest. He has not defined his pursuit in any philosophical terms. That would be violation of his artistic integrity. Even the leitmotif of Shiva’s lingam in his drawings seems to be incidental.
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