Anjolie Ela Menon, artist, on her life at the easel, and away from it

India Today - - LEISURE - —with Sukant Deepak

Q: Tell us about a day at your Niza­mud­din stu­dio in Delhi? A: It’s a two-bed­room apart­ment in­side an ur­ban vil­lage... a space where peo­ple from dif­fer­ent eras co-ex­ist. From morn­ing till

2 pm I am at the stu­dio, af­ter which I go for lunch. At around 5 pm, I am back in front of the easel.

Q: What about when you aren’t paint­ing? A: I re­ally en­joy cook­ing. I am writ­ing a gas­tro­nomic trav­el­ogue nowa­days. There is al­ways a book that I am read­ing. I write and also work at my NGO that is into ed­u­cat­ing un­priv­i­leged chil­dren.

Q: What is your favourite medium to paint in? A: It’s al­ways a plea­sure to chal­lenge my­self with dif­fer­ent medi­ums of ex­pres­sion, how­ever, no mat­ter what, I al­ways re­turn to oils on a hard sur­face such as wood or ma­sonite.

Q: You won a schol­ar­ship to study at the Ecole Na­tional des Beaux Art (1959-1961). How did France treat you? A: The sum­mers were sim­ply amaz­ing, Trav­el­ling across Europe on a shoe­string bud­get, ob­serv­ing Ro­manseque churches, shar­ing stu­dio space with the now ac­claimed Fran­cisco Toledo. The hard work was worth it.

Pho­to­graph by BANDEEP SINGH

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