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Mary Jane Ansell

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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.

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Oshoi’s Gets His Crown

20" x 23" / 50.8 x 58.4cm
Oil on Linen

Nature Girl

38" x 28.5" / 96.5 x 72.4cm
Oil on Linen

The Donalds

24" x 24" / 61 x 61cm
Oil on Canvas

Mini Robot

34" x 24" / 86.4 x 61cm
Oil on Canvas

Hostess Twinkie

30" x 36" / 76.2 x 91.4cm
Oil on Canvas

Hostess Cupcake

30" x 36" / 76.2 x 91.4cm
Oil on Canvas

Candy Canes

24" x 30" / 61 x 76.2cm
Oil on Linen

Putting Out The Fires

30" x 30" / 76.2 x 76.2cm
Oil on Canvas

Muspole Workshops

24" / 61cm Acrylic on Fiberglass Sphere

Time Capsule

32.5" x 45" / 82.6 x 114.3cm
Oil on Panel

The Vast and Unknowable Universe

36" x 48" / 91.4 x 121.9cm
Acrylic on Canvas

Ladrona De Lunas

11" x 14" / 27.9 x 35.6cm
Oil on Canvas

Buscando Luciérnagas Una Noche De Enero

14" x 11" / 35.6 x 27.9cm
Oil on Canvas

Andrea Kowch: The Feast 300 Piece Puzzle

12" x 16" / 30.5 x 40.6cm

The Truth of Thorns

18" x 18" / 45.7 x 45.7cm
Oil on Panel

Formidable

72" x 48" / 182.9 x 121.9cm
Mixed Media on Paper

Postpartum

72" x 48" / 182.9 x 121.9cm
Mixed Media on Paper

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Aberration

84" x 72" / 213.4 x 182.9cm
Mixed Media on Vinyl

Soiree

30 x 24 in

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My Mother’s Mandolin

21" x 14" / 53.3 x 35.6cm
Oil on Canvas

Comfort

17" x 23.5" / 43.2 x 59.7cm
Oil on Canvas

Singing in the Round: Myo-ho

30" x 40" / 76.2 x 101.6cm
Oil and Beeswax on Linen

Under the Collar

16" x 24" / 40.6 x 61cm
Oil on Canvas

Gatherer

30" x 24" / 76.2 x 61cm
Oil and Acrylic on Canvas

Phoenix

72" x 36" / 182.9 x 91.4cm
Oil on Canvas

Rebirth (Diptych)

20" x 48" / 50.8 x 121.9cm
Oil on Canvas

Red

Edinburgh No. 1

19.6" x 7.75" / 49.8 x 19.7cm
Acrylic on Panel

London No. 1

19.6" x 15.6" / 49.8 x 39.6cm
Acrylic on Panel

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