Aicon Art is proud to present By the River, a major New York solo exhibition by renowned Indian painter Anjolie Ela Menon. Throughout a career, now spanning over fifty years, Menon has steadfastly remained a pioneering figurative painter, often in defiance of current trends. Her work metamorphosizes the visual matrix of our times through her use of a renaissance-like technique, which has earned her the sobriquet of ‘Wanton Fabulist’ from New Delhi based curator and critic Gayatri Sinha.
The current exhibition features over 25 paintings from the artist’s oeuvre, featuring scenes divined from the milueu along with tender portraits. Menon is known to imbue her work with a quiet melancholy, even in scenes of celebration. In Haveli, she re-visits a familiar theme – the consonance of man and animal, the unity that maintains a delicate balance. Created in the midst of a global pandemic, Menon invokes the wholesomeness of touch and intimacy as a way to heal from the isolation and uncertainty of her surroundings.