Agarwal is at the forefront of the new young art in the
At the young age of 27 Anu represents the future she iw
leader of her institute an inspiring teacher to her students,
and a fresh and exciting women painter bringing a much needed
energy and vibrancy to the city’s art science.
Having drawn and painted since an early stage Anu pursed the
art steadfastly through school and through college even while
doing a non-artistic degree – commerce at Ethiraj College.
Her first creative diploma Fashion design-made her realize
that what she loved the most was drawing the figure, and that
she was gifted with the rare talent of being able to draw and
paint very well in the media.
Her growing hunger and search for creative expression and
fulfillment led her to the Julius Macwan Institute where from
1997 to 2000. she did what she dreamt of –Fine Arts. In 2000
she announced herself as an artist of her own art exhibiting
her work with her class mate in “NEW” the exhibition which
started a change.
What makes Anu Agarwal and her work special?
First and foremost it is the quality that she and her fellow
artists from the institute have – the unconditioned,
fearless, creative freedom – because of not having the
pressure to achieve ascertain jking of style or philosophy ,
and not having to fit in to an establishment. This was the
atmosphere she discovered at the Julius Mac wan Institute. So
she, like the other students she shared the experience with,
found her creativity not deadened and influenced, but set
free and made to feel unpreserved.
understand Anu’s work, we must first understand her
Anu composes her spaces by using very strong geometric form,
especially the line as a division of space. Next is her use
of color, which is her main element to create the energy with
sophisticated feminine sensuality – as complex and rich as t
he feminine principle.
Within this universe she places the figure that she so loves.
The figures is the communicator of the concept. It
communicates emotions, moods, philosophies, states fo the
mind, Body, heart, soul, spaces the relationship of the
figure with her world.
These become works showing a sensitivity and thinking, which
need not be analyzed, understood or questioned. Neither need
it be expected to fulfill our conditioned expectations of
growth and meaning. They just need to be experienced in their
In 2002, Anu Agarwal became the principal and complete owner
of the Julius Mac wan Institute. The institute, along with
The Park, Chennai is proud to present her new work in UOFI.
It’s a magical world.
Excerpts from the JMI Release