Elise Ansel

Déjeuner II, (after Manet), 2015.

Elise Ansel is an artist from NYC whose work is derived from historical Old Master paintings, using a painterly notation and shorthand to translate them into her own contemporary pictorial language. you know that quote from Clueless (of all places)? “She’s a full on Monet – from far away, it’s OK, but up close, it’s a big old mess.” that’s the first thing that sprung to mind when i saw these. i love them.

My paintings are about re-creating, re-visioning, and re-presenting paintings that were created at a time when women were seen as objects. The paintings I work after are distant mirrors which I interpret through the lens of gestural abstraction. My paintings begin with a specific pictorial point of departure but then move towards abstraction as the representational content is balanced by focus upon color, composition and the materiality of the paint. Linear, rational readings are interrupted. The historical paintings I work from become structures on which to hang paint; the soundness of these structures capacitates great improvisational freedom. The real subject becomes the substance and surface of oil paint, the variety of its applications, and the ways in which it can be used to celebrate life.

represented by Phoenix Gallery, Ellsworth Gallery + Cadogan Contemporary. more on her website.

Flight IV, (after Poussin), 2015
Flight IV, (after Poussin), 2015
After Castor & Pollux, 2015
After Castor & Pollux, 2015
Grape Harvest IV, 2015
Grape Harvest IV, 2015
After Fools Rush In, 2015
After Fools Rush In, 2015
Judas, ca. 2013
Judas, ca. 2013
In pursuit of a geometry of an exact expression I
In pursuit of a geometry of an exact expression I
In pursuit of a geometry of an exact expression VII
In pursuit of a geometry of an exact expression VII
After flight rest Egypt , 2015
After flight rest Egypt , 2015
Infidelity V, 2015
Infidelity V, 2015
Happy Union I, 2015
Happy Union I, 2015
Judas, ca. 2013
Judas, ca. 2013
Dancing with Giants, After Titian, ca. 12000
Dancing with Giants, After Titian, ca. 12000
Judas, ca. 2013
Judas, ca. 2013
Blue, (after Bruegel), 2014
Blue, (after Bruegel), 2014
Judas, ca. 2013
Judas, ca. 2013
After Scarlet, 2015
After Scarlet, 2015
After Deposition, 2015
After Deposition, 2015
Don Luis I, 2015
Don Luis I, 2015
After Déjeuner, 2015
After Déjeuner, 2015

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