Those who are not conversant in works of art are often surprised at the high value set by connoisseurs on drawings which appear careless, and in every respect unfinished; but they are truly valuable... they give the idea of a whole.
- Sir Joshua Reynolds
We do not see things as they are, we see them as we are.
- Anais Nin
 

 

Friday, February 24, 2012

Mary Jane Ansell

Posted by Charley Parker at 10:25 am

Mary Jane Ansell
UK artist Mary Jane Ansell has been a finalist in the prestigious National Portrait Gallery BP Portrait Award in 2004, 2009 and 2010 (see my post on the 2011 BP Portrait Award).

Her portraits and other figurative paintings are elegant and highly refined, both in their paint handling and in her use of light to reveal form and texture. They can also feel intimate and, when she has her models engage the viewer directly, as she often does, they can be subtly piercing.

Most of her subjects are young women, though her formal portrait commissions are sometimes of men and she occasionally takes on still life subjects.

In all of her work she has a keen ability to use light and subtle color to focus your eye exactly where she want it and carry you through the composition in a very deliberate manner.

Many of her paintings have an narrative undercurrent, hinting at a story behind the moment.

Ansell’s website offers galleries of her work both current and from previous years, as well as a small selection of etchings. Though there is some discussion of her procedure for commissioned portraits, there is little information about her approach as a painter, save that she works in oil on panels.

Ansell is represented by the Fairfax Gallery and is a member of the PRISMA Artist Collective.

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  1. Comment by Sophie Holiday
    Friday, February 24, 2012 @ 12:28 pm

    Oh, my goodness, this is so extraordinary! The frills on that white skirt, are perfect. And the one of the girl in the red polka dotted dress had me staring at every detail. It is beautiful :) Thanks for sharing!

  2. Comment by Melissa B. Tubbs
    Friday, February 24, 2012 @ 12:47 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous work. Intriguing compositions with a story to tell.

  3. Comment by aelle
    Sunday, February 26, 2012 @ 10:29 am

    Carmen Sabes managed to collect the most beautiful women and flowers paintings for her blog definitely worth checking.

    http://carmennsabespoesiayarte.blogspot.com/2012_01_27_archive.html

  4. Comment by priscila
    Wednesday, February 29, 2012 @ 7:11 pm

    Absolutely fabulous work!!!!!!

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