"My paintings begin with a specific pictorial point of departure but then move towards abstraction as the representational content is balanced by focus upon colour, composition and the materiality of the paint."
It has been an extremely successful year for the American painter; selected by RA Jock McFadyen as one to see in the 2015 Summer Exhibition as well as being highly-noted in The Daily Norm review, Ansel's painting sold at the opening. Regularly featured in the weekly curated selection on Saatchi Art, Ansel has been a recurring highlight in the Young Masters|Dialogues tour in London and New York. In addition, her solo exhibitions at both Ellsworth Gallery in Santa Fe, NM and Phoenix Gallery in New York, NY received stellar reviews.
Alive with references from familiar compositions by Masters such as Vermeer, Titian and Goya, this new exhibition firmly grounds Ansel's commitment to the canon of Western art and recognises her own place within contemporary painting.
'Fusion of Horizons'
The dialectical concept originally used by German philosopher Hans-Georg Gadamer to refer to the fact that, there is, in interpreting a text (or painting), a tension between the horizon of the text/image and the horizon created by the cultural bias of the reader/viewer. Any real understanding involves a fusion of horizons in the course of which tradition acquires new life and prejudices are challenged.