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Ellen Altfest

Composition, 2014-2015

Oil on canvas
9 3/5 × 10 9/10 in
24.5 × 27.8 cm
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London, Hong Kong
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Ellen Altfest
American, b. 1970
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With exquisite attention to the minutest details, Ellen Altfest produces naturalistic paintings that transform humble or intimate subjects—like houseplants, gourds, or a man’s underarm—into evocative, psychologically loaded objects that almost exceed realism. Altfest paints from life in every sense, faithfully recording the crevices on the surface of a gourd or each pore and every hair covering a man’s thigh. This abundance of detail, combined with Altfest’s tight framing, is at once seductive and excruciating: “I like making compositions that are awkward and go against what might be considered pleasing,” she says.

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Ellen Altfest
American, b. 1970
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With exquisite attention to the minutest details, Ellen Altfest produces naturalistic paintings that transform humble or intimate subjects—like houseplants, gourds, or a man’s underarm—into evocative, psychologically loaded objects that almost exceed realism. Altfest paints from life in every sense, faithfully recording the crevices on the surface of a gourd or each pore and every hair covering a man’s thigh. This abundance of detail, combined with Altfest’s tight framing, is at once seductive and excruciating: “I like making compositions that are awkward and go against what might be considered pleasing,” she says.

Ellen Altfest

Composition, 2014-2015

Oil on canvas
9 3/5 × 10 9/10 in
24.5 × 27.8 cm
This is a unique work.
Contact For Price
location
London, Hong Kong
Have a question? Read our FAQ.
Want to sell a work by this artist? Consign with Artsy.
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