For artist Thejomaye Menon, her six-day exhibition at the Jehangir Art Gallery starting Thursday will be a milestone in her career - it marks her first exhibition in Mumbai, the hub of art, and also her first solo show outside her hometown, Chennai.
For the city’s art-lovers, the exhibition will be an opportunity to view the oeuvre of an award-winning artist rooted in her Malayali identity. Menon's collection of 37 paintings, titled Yugma in Transition, are themed on the union of the male and female principles, which is depicted through bold colours and motifs from the traditions of Kerala. The exhibition will be put up at the Jehangir Art Gallery at Kala Ghoda from April 14 to 19.
“I was inspired by the colours of Kerala, the vivid blues and reds and the typical green of the Kathakali masks,” said Menon, 50, winner of the International Award for Contemporary Painting by France's Lyon Society of Fine Arts.
Menon teaches art at Chennai's JBS College for girls, and began her career in painting nearly 15 years ago by painting the concept of yugma (union). While her first exhibition in 2007, Yugma in Union, portrayed this through abstract metaphors, her new show interprets it in the form of male and female human figures.
"I always try to manifest my belief in the equality of the male and female, based on which the universe is balanced," said Menon, whose collection also includes a few semi-installations in metal.