DRAWN FROM HISTORY Elise Ansel 9th - 30th March 2013
Private View 13th March, 6pm A cycle of paintings based on Master works from the collections of London
“There is a depth and resonance to the masterpieces from which I work. Transposing them affords me the opportunity to see them more clearly and understand them more deeply. This exhibition at Cadogan Contemporary has given me the opportunity to focus on the many remarkable paintings that are in London collections.” Elise Ansel Left: Dove Oil on linen, 31” x 21” Source: Veronese's Consecration Saint Nicholas at the National Gallery
‘Drawn from History’ presents the work of American artist Elise Ansel, who having explored the collections of London has taken some of our most familiar Old Masters and iconic paintings and used them as inspiration for her own works or ‘translations’.
The artist’s interpretations of works by Masters such as Titian, Rubens and Manet create an exhibition showcasing vibrant, alluring oils together with delicate, intimate watercolour studies and preparatory drawings.
Cover: Oranges Oil on linen, 21” x 31” Source: Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergère at the Courtauld Gallery
Bacchus and Ariadne II Oil on linen, 36” x 40” Source: Titian's Bacchus and Ariadne at the National Gallery
Ansel’s proficiency in both palette and form allows her to render illustrious narratives into shapes and colours, laden with suggestive brushstrokes; a method inspired by Cézanne.
Dance Oil on linen, 21” x 31” Source: Poussin's Dance to the Music of Time at the Wallace Collection
Déjeuner Oil on linen, 21” x 31” Source: Manet's Le Déjeuner Sur l'Herbe at the Courtauld Gallery
Two Angels 2 Oil on linen, 29” x 40” Source: Andreas Previtali's The Virgin and Child Adored by Two Angels at the National Gallery
“The work of Frank Auerbach has always been a great source of inspiration for me. I saw a catalogue of an exhibition he had at the National Gallery in 1995, entitled ‘Working After the Masters’. This, in conjunction with seeing Gerhard Richter's series of abstract paintings based on Titian's Annunciation in the church of San Salvador in Venice, made me realise that translations of Old Master Works could be the subject of serious contemporary painting.”
Study for Samson and Delilah Watercolour
Study for Bacchus and Ariadne Watercolour
Study for Peter Lelyâ€™s The Concert Watercolour
Study for Two Angels Watercolour
MFA Visual Art Southern Methodist Univers ity BA Comparative Literature Brown University
Select Solo Exhibitions 2012 Phoenix Gallery, New York, NY 2011 Lenore Gray Gallery, Prov., Rhode Island 2010 List Art Centre, Brown University, Prov. 2001 UMF Gallery, Farmington, Maine 2000 Ruschman Gallery, Indianapolis, IN 1999 The Art Gallery, Hopkinsville, Ktkcy 1998 The Michael Dunn Memorial Gallery, Cornwell-Reed Fine Arts Centre, Oakland City University, Indiana 1998 Krannert Gallery of Art, University of Evansville, Evansville, Indiana 1997 Fine and Hatfield Gallery, Indiana 1996 The Riits Gallery, Savannah, Georgia 1995 Hanes Art Center Glass Gallery, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, N.C. 1993 Undermain Theatre, in conjunction with Kitchen Dog performance of ‘93 Samuel Beckett’s Footfalls, Play, and Krapp’s Last Tape, and ‘91 performance of Henrik Ibsen’s Creditors, Dallas, Texas 87-89 Dance Space, Inc., New York, Select Group Exhibitions 10-12 Pheonix Gallery, New York, NY 11-12 Cadogan Contemporary, London 2011 Thos. Moser Gallery, Freeport, Maine 2011 Bell gallery, Faculty Triennial, Brown University, Prov. R.I 08-10 Springs Fireplace Project, East Hampton 08-10 Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY 2009 Clic Gallery, East Hampton, NY 04-07 Alpers Fine Art, Andover, MA
2006 97-05 2004 2004 2001 2001 2001 2000 2000
1998 1998 1998 1998
Nohra Haime Gallery, New York, NY Ruschman Gallery, Indianapolis, IN Lenore Gray Galleries, Portland, Maine Greenhutm Galleries, Portland, Maine Boston Centre for Contemorary Art, ‘The Drawing Show’, Boston, MA ICON Contemporary Art, Brunswick, ME Elaine Benson Gallery, ‘Re-Emerging’, Bridge Hampton, NY Biennial Juried Exhibition 2000, Rockport, Evansville Museum of Arts and Sciences ‘49th Mid-States Art Exhibition’, Juror: James D.Burke, Executive Director of St. Louise Art Museum Owens-Thomas Regional Arts Gallery, ‘Southern Exposure’, Savannah, Georgia Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana Gallery ‘Annual Juried Exhibition’ ‘National Invitiational Arts Exhibition’ , Brenau University, Gainesville, Georgia West Bank gallery, 18th Annual Juried Fine Arts competition, Savannah, GA, Juror: Lisa Philips, Curator of the 1997 Whitney Biennial Exhibit A Gallery, Savannah College of Art and Design
Bibliography Bill Van Siclen: In the Galleries: Painters Show Opposites Attract at Lenore Gray,” Providence Journal, January 13, 2011 Deborah Weisgall, “See,” Maine, January/ February 2011, p.43. Visiting Artists lectures 2002 Brown University, Prov. Rhode Island 2001 Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine 2001 University of Maine, Farmington, Maine
Premonition III Oil on linen, 30” x 40” Source: Titian’s Holy Family with a Shepherd at the National Gallery
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Published on Feb 15, 2013
‘Drawn from History’ presents the work of American artist Elise Ansel, who has taken some of our most familiar Old Masters and iconic painti...