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Mary Jane Ansell

BIOGRAPHY

Mary Jane Ansell is a previous finalist in the prestigious BP Portrait Award in 2004, 2009, 2010 and 2012 and has been selected several times for the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition and The Threadneedle Prize. Based in the UK she shows internationally with recent group and solo exhibitions in London, New York, Singapore and LA.

Her works are featured in private and public collections worldwide including commissions for the permanent collections of National Portrait Gallery UK, Brighton and Hove Museums and the Joe Lewis Collection.

Ansell was named as one of the “Top 100 Figurative Painters Working Right Now” by Buzz Feed in 2017 and her work has been featured on the covers of numerous magazines including American Art Collector and a number of recent novels, including New York Times bestselling author Tiffany Baker’s “Gilly Salt Sisters” and on Adam Ant’s recently released album: “Adam Ant is The BlueBlack Hussar In Marrying The Gunners Daughter.”

With a love of intriguing narratives and in catching a contained but dramatic moment, Ansell’s work draws influences from a multitude of inspirations, her sitters become characters imbued with a narrative that Ansell says develops collaboratively as she works with them, at times autobiographical , drawing memories from childhood or her response to the current complexities of politics and issues of gender, drawing too from the language of classical portraiture to the world of haute couture with an appreciation for a refined technique that evokes the past but with a resolutely modern viewpoint.

After 25 years living near to the sea in Brighton UK she and her partner of 29 years, Richard, a musician, have recently moved to the dramatic scenery and isolation of the Welsh borders, near Snowdonia, an area rich in ancient legend and inspiration.

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

With a love of intriguing narratives and in catching a contained but dramatic moment Ansell’s work draws influences from a multitude of inspirations, her sitters become characters imbued with a narrative that Ansell says develops collaboratively as she works with them, at times autobiographical, drawing memories from childhood or her response to the current complexities of politics and issues of gender, drawing too from the language of classical portraiture to the world of haute couture and with   an appreciation for a refined technique that evokes the past but with a resolutely modern viewpoint.

 

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COLLECTIONS

2018       National Portrait Gallery – UK – Sir Stelios Haji-Iannou

2018.      Brighton and Hove Museums – UK – Henry Allingham

The Bennett Collection

The Lewis Collection

 SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018.   RJD Gallery 2385 Main Street, Bridgehampton

2018.   Fairfax Gallery at 8 Duke Street St James, London.
2017    Corey Helford Gallery – Los Angeles, CA 90033
2015    Arcadia Contemporary 51 Greene Street New York, New York 10013
2013    Fairfax Gallery Gallery 27 Cork Street London.
2010    Fairfax Gallery, 5 Park Walk, Chelsea, London SW10
2009    Fairfax Gallery, 5 Park Walk, Chelsea, London SW10
2007    Fairfax Gallery, 5 Park Walk, Chelsea, London SW10
2006    Fairfax Gallery, 5 Park Walk, Chelsea, London SW10

AWARDS AND HONORS

2018    Royal Society of Portrait Painters Exhibition. Mall Galleries, Pall Mall, London.

2014    Contemporary Realism Biennial – Fort Wayne Museum of Art Indiana USA
2012 – 2013    BP Portrait Award 2012 Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh
2013    Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter
2012    BP Portrait Award. National Portrait Gallery
2010    BP Portrait Award. The National Portrait Gallery, London.
2009    BP Portrait Award. The National Portrait Gallery, London.
2008    Threadneedle Figurative Prize. Mall Galleries, Pall Mall, London.
2007    Royal Society of Portrait Painters Exhibition. Mall Galleries, Pall Mall, London.
2005    Royal Society of Portrait Painters Exhibition. Mall Galleries, Pall Mall, London.
1st Prize – Sussex Open Award for Painting, Brighton and Hove Museum and Art Gallery
2005    Shortlisted for The Art of Love prize, LondonArt, Oxo Wharf Gallery, London.
2004    Selected for The Daily Mail Not the Turner Prize.

BP Portrait Award. The National Portrait Gallery, London.
Prize winner at The Art of Love exhibition, LondonArt, Arndean Gallery, London.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018    “BIG ART. small canvas” RJD Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY

2018    “Women Painting Women | Men Painting Men: Voices with Vision”, RJD  Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY

2018    “Kiss & Tell” at RJD Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY.

2018    Secrets of the Twisted & Entwined at RJD Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY

2017    “BIG ART. small canvas”, RJD Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY

2016      Women Painting Women RJD GalleryBridgehampton, NY 11932

Anniversary Show opening Corey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 90033
2014    Contemporary Romanticism.” – Arcadia Contemporary, 51 Greene Street New York, NY 10013
2013    Arcadia Gallery
            Fairfax Tunbridge Wells Group show.
2012    The Affordable Art Fair Singapore
Summer Exhibition – Fairfax Galleries, Norfolk and Tunbridge Wells
            London Art Fair Business Design Centre, Islington London

2011    The Affordable Art Fair Singapore
            New York City, Affordable Art Fair (7W 34th Street)
New Masters: Classical Figure with a Contemporary Approach SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS 1331 W Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90026
            London Art Fair, Business Design Centre, Islington
2010    Affordable Art Fair, London Battersea Park – Fairfax Gallery
2009    Christmas Exhibitions at Fairfax Gallery, Chelsea, Tunbridge Wells and Norfolk.
2008    Affordable Art Fair – with Fairfax Gallery

             Threadneedle Figurative Prize 20 Aug – 6 Sep, Mall Galleries, London
             Fairfax Gallery Norfolk Summer Exhibition
             Fairfax Gallery Tunbridge Wells Summer Exhibition
            Glasgow Art Fair with Fairfax Gallery
            London Art Fair Islington. Stand G27 with Fairfax Gallery
2007    Christmas Exhibition, Fairfax Gallery, 23 The Pantiles,Tunbridge Wells,  and Fairfax Gallery, Burnham Market, Norfolk
            Amsterdam Affordable Art Fair – Fairfax Gallery Stand
            Affordable Art Fair, London Battersea Park – Fairfax Gallery
            Summer Exhibition, Fairfax Gallery, Tunbridge Wells
            Summer Exhibition, Fairfax Gallery, Burnham Market, Norfolk
            Royal Society of Portrait Painters Exhibition. Mall Galleries, Pall Mall, London.
            Glasgow Art Fair
            Form at London Olympia with Fairfax Gallery
            London Art Fair, Business Design Centre, Islington
Christmas Group Shows, Fairfax Gallery, Tunbridge Wells, Chelsea and Burnham Market, Norfolk.
2006   Affordable Art Fair, London
            Human Figure Group Show, Fairfax Gallery, Tunbridge Wells.
           Glasgow Art Fair, George Square, Glasgow, with The Fairfax Gallery
           National Portrait Gallery, 150th Anniversary Mystery Portrait Gala
           London Art Fair, Design Centre, Islington,with Fairfax Gallery
2005/2006       Christmas Exhibition, Fairfax Gallery, 5 Park Walk, Chelsea, London
Jan Christmas Exhibition, Fairfax Gallery, 23 The Pantiles,Tunbridge Wells.

2005    Art Fair, Chelsea, with Fairfax Gallery.

            Human Form Exhibition, Fairfax Gallery, 23 The Pantiles,Tunbridge Wells.
            Summer Exhibition, Fairfax Gallery, 5 Park Walk, Chelsea, London SW1
            Summer Exhibition, Fairfax Gallery, Burnham Market, Norfolk

          artLONDON, Chelsea, with Fairfax Gallery.
          Anniversary Exhibition, Fairfax Gallery, The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells.
          Royal Society of Portrait Painters Exhibition. Mall Galleries, Pall Mall, London.
          Fairfax Gallery Chelsea Launch Exhibition, 5 Palk Walk, Chelsea, London.
          Sussex Open, Brighton and Hove Museum and Art Gallery
          Century Fine Art, Windsor. Berkshire.

2004    Fairfax Gallery, The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells.

          Brighton Art Fair, Corn Exchange, Brighton.
          The Daily Mail Not the Turner Prize. The Mall Galleries, London.
          April 2005 BP Portrait Award 2004, The National Portrait Gallery, London.
         Correlation, The Old Seager Distillery, Deptford.
         The Art of Love exhibition, LondonArt, at Arndean Gallery, Cork Street, London.

PUBLICATIONS

Artist and Illustrators Magazine – Interview – August 2018

East Hampton Star Magazine – Cover Article – July 2018

East Hampton Star Magazine – Cover Article – December 2017

American Art Collector – Cover Article –  June 2015

International Artist – Cover Article – August / September 2015

Adam Ant – (cover) Adam Ant is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner’s Daughter (Jan 2013)
Tiffany Baker – The Gilly Salt Sisters (cover) (may 2012) ISBN-13: 978-0446194235
BP Portrait Award 2012 – NPG Publications (2012) ISBN: 978 1855144569
500 Portraits – National Portrait Gallery – (2011) ISBN: 978 1 85514 448 4
BP Portrait Award 2011 – NPG Publications ISBN: 978 1 85514 449 1
Luxure Magazine Interview Feature – Spring 2010
Art of England Magazine Article – October 2009
Artists and illustrators Magazine – Interview – September 2009
BP Portrait Award 2009 – NPG Publications (2009) IBSN 9781855144033
Latest Art Article 2007
The Shropshire Magazine. Interview – July 2006
BP Portrait Award 2004 – NPG Publications (2004) IBSN 1 85514 3445

TELEVISION

Mary Jane appeared on CBBC’s Xchange programme, giving a live half hour portraiture       master-class marking the National Gallery’s exhibition Making Faces.      June 2004

 

 

 

 

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