A multi-faceted personality- documentary filmmaker, writer, photographer and, now, artist-Anu Malhotra has developed a distinctive technique of painting. She pours colours on to canvas, tilting it at diverse angles to allow the hues to collide, merge and flow, thus forming shapes and patterns, creating contexts that can be interpreted in a myriad ways.
Anu inspiration is drawn from the natural world and her travels in India. Her style is spontaneous and instinctive. She does not work from pre-conceived thumbnails or sketches, but allows each creation to flow through intuitively, creating abstract designs and styles. Each work, is therefore, unique and cannot be replicated.
“An intermittent painter in the early years, she’s given herself over to the power of painting for the last few years. Using an unconventional palette, the self-taught artist has created an interesting technique of layering colours to create landscapes and still-lifes that burst with colours. A bold experimentalist, she uses strong tones with rare confidence to create works that are replete with vigour and vitality. Adrenalin courses through her canvases, as though capturing the essence of her life’s experiences. Her restless spirit finds a reflection in her paintings…and yet is difficult to pin down – a chimera moment, perhaps a cameo that provides a seductive glimpse before closing the doors on her world where the weak and anaemic has no place”.
By Kishore Singh