Realistic Oil Paintings by Mary Jane Ansell
Mary Jane Ansell is a British artist born in Shropshire in 1972. Her work draws influences comes from a multitude of inspirations, from classical portraiture to the world of haute couture and with an appreciation for a refined technique that invokes the past but with a resolutely modern viewpoint.
The pieces that Ansell created for her 2013 solo show “Liberty Rests” depict beautiful young women wearing ornate gowns and lounging in fancy interiors. Their fine clothing and surroundings indicate an aristocratic background, but the figures’ sly glances and piercing eyes suggest that they are not just prim, innocent young women. She returned last year with fantastic oil paintings of enchanting and mysterious young women. Although Ansell displays her impressive skill in rendering realistic lights, shadows, skin tones, and texture, the portraits are not quite in the realm of hyper-realism. All her paintings shares a unique and stylized edge inspired by Haute Couture and classical portraiture.The appearance of objects such as a flag, mask, toy soldier, globe, and army uniforms expand the personal scope of the paintings into a wider narrative, providing an interesting link to themes of history, war, and patriotism.
Haute Couture= high sewing/ high fashion
According to Ansell, M.J she says that she loves depicting, intriguing narrative and capturing dramatic moments in her artworks. His paintings are a clear example of Figurative Art and a visual pleasure to the viewer absorbed through the pastel colors of his paintings and bound sensuality they transmit.