Anjolie Ela returns with ‘Vintage Menon’ post a 5 year gap
New Delhi: One of the India’s finest contemporary artist, Anjolie Ela Menon has returned after a gap of five years with an exhibition of paintings, rich in oil works, which she describes as “coming back a full circle”.
After having experimented with a whole new range of mediums like glass and water colours, Anjolie has come back to her original medium of ‘luminous oil on masonite’ and showcases some key elements from her own early work in the latest exhibition.
“I had a whole decade of experiments. I did kitsch, glass and computer aided stuff but in this exhibition I have come back to painting in oils. It is like coming a full circle,” the Padma Shree awardee said at a preview of her works at the Vadehra Art Gallery here.
The five-year-gap was not a complete absenteeism for Anjolie from the art world. The artist says she had been putting up her works on various platforms but the years inspired her to manifest new ideas on the canvas.
“It takes time to create a body of work. For three years from 2013 I started working on the new paintings that you see today in the exhibition. I have been painting every day,” says Anjolie.
Similar to her previous works before, the human body takes the centrestage once again in her latest body of work and can be seen dominating the canvas with their bold frontality and firm postures followed by the rich somber colours and sensual figures.
The legend of Lord Ganesh’s beheading in his infancy with the magnificent figure of his mother Goddess Parvati has been portrayed with immense detailing and beautiful texture. The work is a part of Anjolie’s ‘Divine Mothers Series 1′, which classifies her art as among ‘Figuratives’.