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Ellen Altfest

Three Parts, 2014-2015

Oil on canvas
7 × 7 in
17.8 × 17.8 cm
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Courtesy of the artist and White Cube London / © Ellen Altfest
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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Courtesy of the artist and White Cube London / © Ellen Altfest
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

Three Parts, 2014-2015

Oil on canvas
7 × 7 in
17.8 × 17.8 cm
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