I am pleased to have been selected for the Royal Society of Portrait Painters (RP) Annual Exhibition 2018 at The Mall Galleries. The exhibition will be open to the public from Thursday 10 to Friday 25 May 2018 (10am to 5pm, open until 7pm on Tuesdays).
Wednesday 9 May, from 11am to 8pm, including the official opening and awards ceremony at 12 noon. If you would like an invitation to the Private View or to visit the exhibition let me know and I'll be pleased to send you one Invitation request
easyJet founder and philanthropist, Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, has been captured in oil with a specially commissioned painting in London’s National Portrait Gallery.
Artist Mary Jane Ansell used oil on an aluminium panel to portray Sir Stelios after a short sitting with extensive photographic preparation. This portrait was commissioned by the Gallery’s trustees in 2015 in recognition of his contribution to British business and entrepreneurship.
Sir Stelios’ busy schedule allowed the artist only one short sitting, during which she took a number of photographs, but has since collaborated with her sitter remotely on her favoured pose and approach. The portrait is a close-cropped half-length portrait, depicting the sitter at a desk on which he rests his hands. He looks directly at the viewer. The artist worked up three versions of the portrait; a head and shoulders, a simple bust-length composition and NPG 6995. The uncompromising composition is balanced by the Ansell’s delicate painting technique and the subtle colouring, which is built up from a monochrome drawing through layers of glazes.
The painting is 26 3/4 in. x 14 1/8 in. (680 mm x 360 mm) overall and can be found in the Gallery’s room 32.
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.
I'm excited to say I'm heading to Los Angeles to celebrate the opening of my new solo show this Saturday 10th June. I know for many of you it's rather a long trip! But I'd love it if you could join me for the private view - even if only online!
"Of Dreams, Birds and Bones" has been over a year in the making, touching on some familiar themes as well as some new developments both personally and through the constantly shifting landscape that the last year or two has held for everyone. I've been inspired as always by my wonderful models as well as tracing a time when I moved from my studio in Brighton of over 20 years to the glorious hills and valleys of North Wales.
Private View: 7.00 pm - 11.00 pm Saturday JUNE 10th - July 8th 2017
571 S Anderson St (Enter on Willow St) Los Angeles, CA 90033.
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.
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.
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,
- Idea origins,
- Choosing models,
- Photo shoots,
- Fixing charcoal layers,
- Aluminum panels,
- Color palette,
- Action painting,
- Painting women,
- Artistic dreams,
- Underlying themes,
- BP portrait award,
- Artistic output,
- Viewing art,
- Most moving painting,
- Artistic challenges,
COREY HELFORD GALLERY are showing my painting The Treaty at CONTEXT Art Miami in Florida from today - November 29th through December 4th! There’ll also be great work on display from Camille Rose Garcia, Kazuki Takamatsu, Martin Wittfooth, Chloe Early, Nigel Cox, Marion Peck and more! Find us at Booth #310!
Lamona Magazine asked 11 artists what music they listened to while they work. You can read the article here.
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:
I gave an interview to the lovely people at Beautiful Bizarre Magazine recently. You can read it here:
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.
I’m running a little Christmas giveaway to win a 15 x 10in signed limited edition print of Girl Ashore (with free international shipping) to one of my Facebook, Instagram or Twitter followers in conjunction with spectrumphoto.co.uk
Follow me then Retweet, Regram or Share this post and tag me @maryjaneansell for a chance to win. I’ll draw the winner at random at 8pm GMT on Friday 19th December.
For more information on this and other available prints please visit my shop.
My painting Little Victories is currently on show as part of the Contemporary Realism Biennial at Fort Wayne Museum of Art
September 20 – November 30, 2014
Every two years, FWMoA organizes the Contemporary Realism Biennial, an exhibition of the most compelling trends in realism as explored by the most skilled American and international artists.
This invitational and juried exhibition highlights the strength and innovation of America’s current trends in realism. We are proud to expand the discourse on this enduring tradition in presenting the 2014 installment of this dynamic contemporary exhibition. Although a seemingly narrow focus, this exhibition presents a vast range of ideas, approaches, styles, and subject matter by masters of realism, including Tom Martin, Roberto Bernardi, and Alyssa Monks.
Prize jurors this year include Frank Bernarducci of Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, and Charles Shepard III of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art.
Two new pieces... seemingly an appropriate entry looking ahead to Halloween
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...