Solo Show in LA - Installation views

Thank you so much to all those who came along or sent kind messages for the opening of my first west coast US show: Of Dreams, Birds and Bones at COREY HELFORD GALLERY

Here are a few installation views of my current show. Such a pleasure to show in this beautiful space. A film interview and limited edition prints of Liberty Sleeping are also available. The show is on view till 8th July.  The rest of the work is viewable here. Or email for purchase and further details.

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UK Portrait Workshop in September:

I'm thrilled to be holding a residential portrait workshop in the amazing setting of Ponden Hall in Yorkshire along with the wonderful BP prize winning artist Alan Coulson. The course runs from 11th to the 14th September.

Only 6 places are available so please email me soon if you'd like to book your place. 

September 11-14, 2017, inclusive

• One-to-one tuition with two of Britain’s leading portrait artists
• Group workshops and life-model portraiture sessions
• Step-by-step coaching in developing a portrait in oils from the model, capturing lighting and mood with photographic reference, then using an indirect method to complete the work (works may be finished after the course with follow-up feedback available) 
• Suitable for all levels of ability, including beginners
• 3 nights’ accommodation at historic Ponden Hall, including breakfasts and lunches

All-inclusive price for tuition, accommodation & half-board £1000 per person

PLACES LIMITED TO 6 PAINTERS ONLY, so please don't miss the opportunity to book

For more information contact MaryJane Ansell,

b Shropshire, 1972

Based in the UK , Mary Jane exhibits internationally, with group and solo exhibitions in London, New York, Singapore and LA. Her 7th solo exhibition opens June 2017 at Corey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles. She has featured a number of times in the BP Portrait Award (2004, 2009, 2010 and 2012) Royal Society of Portrait Painters and The Threadneedle Prize. Mary Jane's work also features on the covers of American Art Collector Magazine, International Artist, a number of recent novels, including The Gilly Salt Sisters by New York Times bestselling author Tiffany Baker and on the recently released album: Adam Ant is The BlueBlack Hussar In Marrying The Gunners Daughter. Her works feature in private collections worldwide and in public collections, including the National Portrait Gallery and Brighton and Hove Museums.

www.maryjaneansell.com

Alan Coulson
b Leeds, 1977

Alan exhibits regularly in both the UK and US, notably at the annual exhibitions of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, and the prestigious BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery London, where in 2012 he was awarded third prize for his portrait of Richie Culver. Alan has produced commissioned work for clients including The New York Times Magazine, The Sunday Times Magazine, Bloomberg Markets Magazine, Carlton Books, The Chronicle Review and Club Wembley. He has works in private collections worldwide and is represented by Anthony Brunelli Fine Arts NY. Currently living and working in West Yorkshire.

www.saatchiart.com/alancoulson

Podcast Interview - Gently Does It

I had the pleasure of chatting to John Dalton for the Gently Does It podcast.

You can listen and subscribe here We talk about Leonard Cohen, baking, baths, kebabs (how did that come up?!) and of course art, lots of art and painting...

Here are some of the subjects we cover...

  • Adam Ant,
  • Influences,
  • Idea origins,
  • Dreams,
  • Choosing models,
  • Photo shoots,
  • Fixing charcoal layers,
  • Aluminum panels,
  • Color palette,
  • Lint,
  • Mediums,
  • Varnish,
  • Action painting,
  • Painting women,
  • Artistic dreams,
  • Underlying themes,
  • BP portrait award,
  • Artistic output,
  • Galleries,
  • Viewing art,
  • Most moving painting,
  • Artistic challenges,

The Treaty

I'm very excited to be showing my new work, The Treaty, at the 10th Anniversary Exhibition at Corey Helford Gallery  in Downtown Los Angeles ahead of a solo show with them in June 2017.

For more information contact gallery director Sherri J. Trahan Sherri@coreyhelfordgallery.com or call (310) 287-2340

Address: 571 S Anderson St (Enter on Willow St)
Los Angeles, CA 90033

HOURS: Tuesday-Saturday: noon to 6pm

A very few signed and numbered Artists Proofs of The Treaty are now available here: 

The Treaty 40 x 32 inches Oil on Aluminium 2016

The Treaty
40 x 32 inches
Oil on Aluminium
2016

Detail of The Treaty showing bespoke framing.

Detail of The Treaty showing bespoke framing.

Detail of The Treaty

Detail of The Treaty

American Art Collector Magazine

There are just three weeks to go till my next solo show. Opening (June 18th - July 16th) at Arcadia Contemporary in New York. Thank you to American Art Collector Magazine and Nicki Escudero for the cover and great feature article in their June edition. If you'd like a preview of the new works in this show please join my mailing list. Hope to see some of you at the Private View on Thursday 18th of June at 6:00 to 8:00 pm. 

Cover featuring Liberty's Arc (detail) Oil on Aluminium Panel 48 x 31 inches 2015

Cover featuring Liberty's Arc (detail) Oil on Aluminium Panel 48 x 31 inches 2015

Belle De Nuit I and II

Two new pieces... seemingly an appropriate entry looking ahead to Halloween

Belle De Nuit I 11 x 14 inches, Oil on aluminium panel

Belle De Nuit I
11 x 14 inches,
Oil on aluminium panel

Belle De Nuit II 8 1/2 x 12 inches, Oil on aluminium panel  

Belle De Nuit II
8 1/2 x 12 inches,
Oil on aluminium panel
 

Turning down the Lights

After a recent trip to the Mothership of Inspiration that is Italy I couldn't resist the urge to work on some new rather darker pieces than of late... 

Turning down the Lights - 14 x 10.2 inches. Oil on Wooden Panel. Framed, with hand gilded platinum slip. 

Turning down the Lights - 14 x 10.2 inches. Oil on Wooden Panel. Framed, with hand gilded platinum slip. 

Work in Progress stage... showing raw sienna imprimatura

Work in Progress stage... showing raw sienna imprimatura

Limited Edition Artist's Proofs

A very few signed and numbered Artist's Proofs of Girl in a Cocked Hat and Mercury's Muse are currently available in my recently launched shop here: 

Girl in a Cocked Hat

Girl in a Cocked Hat

Mercury's Muse

Mercury's Muse

Contemporary Romanticism Opens in New York

I'm showing seven new paintings in the Contemporary Romanticism Show at Arcadia Contemporary New York - 51 Greene Street, New York, NY 10013

The Private View is on Thursday, April 24th from 6 to 8pm, and the show runs until May the 15th.

All works are available to view on my website here: 

For sales please contact Steve or Michael at Arcadia Tel: (+001) 212 965 1387 or email:info@arcadiacontemporary.com

I'm featured in the April edition of American Art Collector which I will add more later...Fine Art Connoisseur previewed the show here:

 

25A Magazine Article

I had the pleasure of speaking with Diana Pinck at 25A Magazine recently and she was kind enough to feature me and my work in their current issue... here's an extract and link to the full article:

Female artists, and Mary Jane is a prime example, will generally paint strong women who look right back at you from the painting. There is a real presence, almost a dialogue between the viewer and the subject. Although the sensuality and beauty of the sitter are apparent, they are not the main focus of the painting. When women paint other women, sensuality is the supporting rhythm of the piece, rather than the main melody.

http://www.25amagazine.com/index.php/artform/art/item/569-the-master-british-painter-mary-jane-ansell

New Painting at LA Art Show 2014

Well Happy New Year one and all... and to kick off 2014 I'm looking forward to showing a new piece with Arcadia Contemporary at the LA Art Show - not only is it the largest art fair on the West Coast but it is currently a clear and sunny 21 °C, once again reminding me that I really must start making my shipping crates large enough to fit in.

Hope and The Reckoning - 28 x 40 inches Oil on Aluminium Panel

Hope and The Reckoning - 28 x 40 inches Oil on Aluminium Panel

Detail of Hope and The Reckoning

Detail of Hope and The Reckoning