Anjolie Ela Menon

Artist Profile

Anjolie Ela Menon (born 1940) is one of India's leading contemporary female artists. Her paintings are in several major collections. Menon took up art while still in school, and by the time she was 15, had already sold a few paintings. Finding the J.J. School of Art academically stifling, in 1959, Menon departed India to study art in Europe on a scholarship from the French Government.

Menon's preferred medium is oil on masonite, though she has also worked in other media, including glass and water colour. She is a well known muralist. It is extremely difficult to compartmentalize Menon’s work because she has been painting for so long, and also because of the changes that her oeuvre has constantly undergone.

Anjolie Ela Menon was awarded the Padma Shree, India's fourth highest civilian honour, in 2000.

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