Ellen Altfest, ‘Gourds’, 2006-2007, Painting, Oil on canvas, Kunstforeningen GL STRAND
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Ellen Altfest

Gourds, 2006-2007

Oil on canvas
19 × 38 in
48.3 × 96.5 cm
Location
Copenhagen
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© Ellen Altfest Photo by Bill Orcutt, New York Courtesy of White Cube
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, ‘Gourds’, 2006-2007, Painting, Oil on canvas, Kunstforeningen GL STRAND
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© Ellen Altfest Photo by Bill Orcutt, New York Courtesy of White Cube
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

Gourds, 2006-2007

Oil on canvas
19 × 38 in
48.3 × 96.5 cm
Location
Copenhagen
Want to sell a work by this artist? Consign with Artsy.
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