Still Life: Mary Jane Ansell

Do you ever wonder what it might be like to be the subject of a painting? Would you be content to let the artist interpret you as you are or would you try to clothe yourself in your own chosen persona? The subjects in the paintings of UK artist Mary Jane Ansell seem to be playing dress-up, yet we are left to wonder, is this who they are or who they wish to be?

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Girl in a Cocked Hat II, oil on panel, 19.8x 19.8

 

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Girl in a Naval Cap, oil on panel, 10.6×14.1

In these quiet paintings, we are offered a glimpse into a moment, a fleeting feeling, a pause in the life of the subject, the life of the artist and one of our own.

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Anima Animus, oil on panel, 48×60

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The Loved One, oil on panel, 99×99 cm

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Girl Reflected, oil on board, 42×30 cm

They are quiet, contemplative portrayals, yet within each is a sense of anticipation. The stillness and peace that comes just before we discover something amazing. Perhaps it might be within ourselves that we find the revelation.

 

To see more of Mary Jane Ansell’s work, please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s representing gallery, Fairfax Contemporary.

Article by Lesly Frenz of …

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