Time and Space
In 1960, Roop Chand came in contact with Mr. Le Corbusier the French artist-architect in Chandigarh, who he reacted to as a matter of aesthetical value in the forms of his buildings. Resultantly he chose a theme "Time and Space" for his paintings, and for a few years (from 1960 to 65) he painted some abstracts in pure objective forms. He exhibited them firs in Chandigarh and then in Delhi in 1965. Some of these paintings are in private collections in USA and Switzerland and Germany.
Age of Anxiety and Action
His "Friends Studio" in Chandigarh had been the meeting place of artists', poets', writers' art critics', university professors', architects', high court judges', ministers', administrators' and governors' of state. During long drink sessions, serious affairs of human existence were debated for... One late night in a heated argument, I realized the pain and anxiety of the common man. It was 1967, and I happened to visit some villages in Bihar State (India), where draught had affected the common man. This led me to paint the series of anxiety and action. Some of these paintings are in the collection of museums, and in public and private collection in India and western world.
Ocean of Life
n 1968, one of his girl friend-(an elderly women), was frightened to see his wired paintings. She asked him, why he had been painting such weird paintings on the subjects 'Women': Specially, when he is surrounded by beautiful girls. He did not reply her question, but he laughed to his heart; and her suggestion went of his mind. But, another girl friend convinced him about the bright side of life. That was the time he painted a canvas "Ocean of life". So the series of the paintings "Ocean of Life" came into existence. This series of painting was exhibited at Jehengir Art Gallery Bombay. Most of these paintings are picked up by art collectors. Some of the paintings from this series are still in his personal collection.
In 1970, when he was seriously involved in pursuit of the phenomenon life and death- soul searching and a play of Purusha and Prakriti- the genesis of creative energy, Then, he was invited by Government of Haryana (India), to do an exhibition for them. He traveled around the country side to study folk art - the untouched folk form existed perpetually through out the ages. After long contemplation, he painted about 30 paintings in abstract form utilizing the folk art elements in the total structure of the paintings, which happened to become a landmark in modern art of Haryana State. The exhibition of these painting took place in Chandigarh in 1971. Many of these paintings are in the collection of government of Haryana. Some are still in his personal collection.
1971-72 had been crucial time in his life. There was chaos in the public. Students were on war path. He left his cushy position at the home Sc. College Chandigarh and became a student's leader. Every one's man was spirit rebellious. Storm came and then disappeared, but he adopted the path of hardship. Even his dearest girl friend left him. But he love for her changed into sublimation, which became a power point for him. This power point evolved into BINDU. Then onward, he devoted seriously to creativity and came out with 30 paintings which were exhibited in Shridhrani Gallery at Triveni Kala Sangam New Delhi.
Though he had lost the contact with his students, but his love had changed into sublimation and had become the champion of the human rights for girl Child and women. Besides, His mother had infused a sense of respect and regards for the women, by and large. And by then (1979), he had made a permanent base at art centre. So, he began to paint women series in a relaxed state of mind. He had enough sketches and drawings that he had been doing during his travel around in country and abroad. Geeta Art Gallery at Oberai Continental was a regular collector for about a year. For a decade, he painted women in oil on canvas. All to-gather, he painted about 60 paintings. He exhibited these paintings in Calcutta Jaipur, Gurgaon and Chandigarh. Bindu -which was in making for a long had become objectivity. Roop Chand ultimately was a confirmed mystic.
It was an art conference in Chandigarh in 1989. Roop Chand was a special invitee. There he was asked to do an exhibition at National Lalit Kala Akademi Delhi. He painted 70 abstractions and exhibited in December 1992. In his mental makeup he was free from all complexes. No hate. He made a statement. Life is a play of Purush and Prakriti. He had no void in emotions and feeling. He confirmed in theses abstractions his belief as "Love is God." From this series, 65 paintings have been taken over on rent by the Anand group of Industries
I hail you the Himalayas I hail you the Indian Ocean
He exiled him self from Chandigarh - his city beautiful, and camped at Kurukshetra University Krukshetra, Haryana for a year where, he created a memorial of the first president of India. At night he would do sketching. In a year time he did more then 1000 sketches. which he for ceramic tiles. Hundreds of them were utilised in memorial-monument of Dr. Rajendra Prasad, and some he utilized in his paintings, in the following years in Copenhagen which were exhibited in a solo show at Eline Gallery there.