ANJOLIE ELA MENON
ART BY ANJOLIE ELA MENON: SERIGRAPHS (PRINTS) AVAILABLE
Serigraphs are a type of high quality, limited edition screen print made on high quality paper in collaboration with the artist. A different ‘screen’ or stencil is created for each color, and then ink is pushed through the corresponding stencil onto the paper. This printing process is repeated multiple times, using a separate stencil for each color. A single serigraphic print can have as many as 25 colors or more. Each print is then numbered and signed by the artist. Usually, prints of fewer editions are higher in value.
The contemporary Indian artist Anjolie Ela Menon is widely acclaimed for her paintings and murals featuring portraits, nudes and religious themes in a vibrant color palette. Having led a successful career spanning over six decades, her work has continuously transformed and experimented with numerous styles and themes. As Menon herself has said, “Dissatisfaction is the source of growth.” However, throughout her evolution, she has typically incorporated flat areas of thick, bright color and sharp outlines. She has also frequently returned to the subject of the female nude, as well as recurring motifs of birds, empty chairs, windows and hidden figures that explore distance and loss.
Born in West Bengal, artist Anjolie Ela Menon began to pursue art at a young age, selling a number of paintings by 15 and having her first solo exhibition at 18. Her early work was inspired by Amrita Sher-Gil, M. F. Husain, Modigliani, Van Gogh and the Expressionists, which would continue to influence her sensibilities. From 1959 to 61, she was awarded a French Government scholarship to study frescoes at the prestigious École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. She also travelled extensively in Europe and West Asia during this time, studying medieval Christian iconography. This influence can be seen in art by Anjolie Ela Menon through her use of frontal perspective, elongated bodies and burnishing techniques to create a soft, glowing surface.
Anjolie Ela Menon studied English literature at Miranda House, the women’s college within Delhi University. She has shown extensively in galleries and museums in India as well as in China, Brazil, France, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States. In 2006, she was the subject of a major solo retrospective at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, which was followed by the Museum’s acquisition of her triptych “Yatra” for its permanent collection. In 2000, Anjolie was awarded the Padma Shri, one of India’s highest civilian honours. She was also awarded the Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Letters by the French Government.
You are welcome to buy artist Anjolie Ela Menon’s fine art prints online or view them at our gallery in Palo Alto (San Francisco Bay Area). All serigraphs are signed by the artist.
A step-by-step demonstration of the serigraphic printing process.