In Conversation with Anjolie Ela Menon
Evening presentation by Anjolie Ela Menon, artist
Registration: 6:30 pm
Presentation: 7:00 pm
Close: 8:00 pm
The work of Anjolie Ela Menon is the beginning of magical journeys. Here is where myth, reality, enigmatic people, animals, and birds are woven into myriad charmed tales. Menon’s protagonists are usually ordinary people: she portrays them, in her inimitable style, with great sensitivity. Her art and her experiments, through its lines and stunning colors, convey the wonder of magical realism. Her art is also her own voyage of self-discovery.
“I lead an extremely peopled life and I am steeped in the complex rituals of Indian family life,” Menon says. “In the midst of this pandemonium I live alone … I paint.” Anjolie Ela Menon will give an audio visual presentation on her past and present work.
Anjolie Ela Menon holds an Honors degree from Delhi University followed by Postgraduate studies in Fresco at the Ecole Des Beaux Arts in Paris. Menon has held 48 solo exhibitions in India and abroad. In addition to paintings in private and corporate collections, her works have been acquired by museums in India and abroad. She is also a well-known muralist and has represented India at the Algiers Biennale, the Sao Paulo Biennale, Brazil and three triennials in New Delhi. She has been invited by the British Council, the U.S. State Department and the French Ministry of Culture to confer with leading artists in those countries. Menon has served on the advisory committee and the art purchase-committee of the National Gallery of Modem Art, New Delhi, where she was co-curator with Henri Claude Cousseau for a rnajor exhibition of French contemporary art in 1996. A book entitled Anjolie Ela Menon: Through the Patina, by Isana Murti has been published on her life and work.