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b. 1961, USA

Elise Ansel Biography

Elise Ansel (b. 1961, New York City) translates Old Master paintings into a contemporary pictorial language. She mines art historical imagery for colour and narrative structure. Her paintings use the Old Masters as points of departure. They move into abstraction by transforming the representational content, which is obfuscated if not entirely eclipsed, by her focus on colour, gesture and the materiality of paint. She interrupts linear, rational readings so that the real subject becomes the substance and surface of oil paint, the range of its applications, and the ways in which it can be used to celebrate life. Her work deconstructs pictorial language and authorial agency in order to excavate and liberate meanings buried beneath the surface of the works from which her paintings spring. Old Master paintings were, for the most part, created by men for men. Abstraction allows her to interrupt this one sided narrative and transform it into a sensually capacious non-narrative form of visual communication that embraces multiple points of view.

Elise Ansel Featured Artworks

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Medium Study I for Venus and Adonis by Elise Ansel contemporary artwork
Elise AnselMedium Study I for Venus and Adonis, 2019Oil on canvas
63.5 x 76 cm
Cadogan Contemporary Contact Gallery
Libica by Elise Ansel contemporary artwork
Elise AnselLibica, 2019Oil on canvas
152 x 122 cm
Cadogan Contemporary Contact Gallery
Medium study for Kings by Elise Ansel contemporary artwork
Elise AnselMedium study for Kings, 2019Oil on canvas
91 x 91 cm
Cadogan Contemporary Contact Gallery
Medium Study I for Night Watch by Elise Ansel contemporary artwork
Elise AnselMedium Study I for Night Watch, 2019Oil on canvas
61 x 76 cm
Cadogan Contemporary Contact Gallery
Europa (Consensual) by Elise Ansel contemporary artwork
Elise AnselEuropa (Consensual), 2019Oil on canvas
134 x 152 cm
Cadogan Contemporary Contact Gallery
Abraham and Angels by Elise Ansel contemporary artwork
Elise AnselAbraham and Angels, 2019Oil on canvas
152 x 122 cm
Cadogan Contemporary Contact Gallery
Europa Consensual (Boucher) II by Elise Ansel contemporary artwork
Elise AnselEuropa Consensual (Boucher) II, 2019Oil on canvas
132 x 152 cm
Cadogan Contemporary Contact Gallery
Medium Study for Night Watch by Elise Ansel contemporary artwork
Elise AnselMedium Study for Night Watch, 2020Oil on canvas
61 x 76 cm
Cadogan Contemporary Contact Gallery

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