Elise Ansel, ‘Study III for Revelations’, 2015, Bowdoin College Museum of Art

About Elise Ansel

Using art history as her blueprint, Elise Ansel explores the formal properties of gesture and color by re-creating famous paintings by Old Masters and impressionists. Ansel looks toward some of the most iconic paintings in the Western world, such as those by Caravaggio and Goya, re-creating the originals’ color relationships while smudging their representational properties. In this way, she approaches abstraction through sly and deliberate means. “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,” she has said.

American, based in Maine, United States

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2017
Exclusive Online Summer Exhibition, Cynthia Corbett Gallery, Online
2017
Elise Ansel, DANESE/COREY, New York
2017
Referenced, DANESE/COREY, New York
2016
Elise Ansel: Distant Mirrors, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick
2015
Elise Ansel - Fusion of Horizons, Cadogan Contemporary, London

Solo Shows on Artsy

2017
Elise Ansel, DANESE/COREY, New York
2015
Elise Ansel - Fusion of Horizons, Cadogan Contemporary, London

Group Shows on Artsy

2017
Exclusive Online Summer Exhibition, Cynthia Corbett Gallery, Online
2017
Referenced, DANESE/COREY, New York
2016
Elise Ansel: Distant Mirrors, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick
2015
YOUNG MASTERS: Dialogues, Cynthia Corbett Gallery, London
2015
Focus on Painting, Cynthia Corbett Gallery, London
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