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‘Drawn from History’ presents the work of American artist Elise Ansel, who has taken some of our most familiar Old Masters and iconic paintings and used them as inspiration for her own works or ‘translations’. For this exhibition her first solo show in London, she fittingly took her inspiration from paintings based solely in London collections.


  • C A D O G A N C O N T E M P O R A R Y

    Elise Ansel

    9th - 30th March 2013 Private View 13th March, 6pm

    A cycle of paintings based on Master works

    from the collections of London

    D R A W N F R O M H I S T O R Y

  • Drawn from History presents the work of American artist Elise Ansel, who having explored the collections of London has taken some of our

    most familiar Old Masters and iconic paintings and used them as in-

    spiration for her own works or translations.

    Left: Dove

    Oil on linen, 31 x 21 Source: Veronese's Consecration Saint Nicholas

    at the National Gallery

    There is a depth and resonance to the masterpieces from which I

    work. Transposing them affords

    me the opportunity to see them

    more clearly and understand

    them more deeply. This exhibi-

    tion at Cadogan Contemporary

    has given me the opportunity to

    focus on the many remarkable

    paintings that are in London

    collections. Elise Ansel

    The artists interpretations of works by Masters such as Titian, Rubens and

    Manet create an exhibition showcasing

    vibrant, alluring oils together with deli-

    cate, intimate watercolour studies and

    preparatory drawings.

    Cover: Oranges

    Oil on linen, 21 x 31 Source: Manets A Bar at the Folies-Bergre at the Courtauld Gallery

  • Bacchus and Ariadne II

    Oil on linen, 36 x 40 Source: Titian's Bacchus and Ariadne at the National Gallery

    Ansels proficiency in both palette and form allows her to render illus-

    trious narratives into shapes and

    colours, laden with suggestive

    brushstrokes; a method inspired by


    Left: Dove

    Oil on linen, 31 x 21 Source: Veronese's Consecration Saint Nicholas

    at the National Gallery

  • Dance

    Oil on linen, 21 x 31 Source: Poussin's Dance to the Music of Time at the Wallace Collection


    Oil on linen, 21 x 31 Source: Manet's Le Djeuner Sur l'Herbe at the Courtauld Gallery

  • Two Angels 2

    Oil on linen, 29 x 40 Source: Andreas Previtali's The Virgin and Child Adored by Two Angels at the National Gallery

    The work of Frank Auerbach has always been a great source of inspiration for

    me. I saw a catalogue of an exhibition

    he had at the National Gallery in 1995,

    entitled Working After the Masters. This, in conjunction with seeing Gerhard Rich-

    ter's series of abstract paintings based

    on Titian's Annunciation in the church of

    San Salvador in Venice, made me real-

    ise that translations of Old Master Works

    could be the subject of serious contem-

    porary painting.

  • Study for Samson and Delilah

    Watercolour Study for Bacchus and Ariadne


    Study for Peter Lelys The Concert Watercolour

    Study for Two Angels


  • 93 MFA Visual Art Southern Methodist Univers ity

    84 BA Comparative Literature Brown University

    Select Solo Exhibitions

    2012 Phoenix Gallery, New York, NY

    2011 Lenore Gray Gallery, Prov., Rhode Island

    2010 List Art Centre, Brown University, Prov.

    2001 UMF Gallery, Farmington, Maine

    2000 Ruschman Gallery, Indianapolis, IN

    1999 The Art Gallery, Hopkinsville, Ktkcy

    1998 The Michael Dunn Memorial Gallery,

    Cornwell-Reed Fine Arts Centre, Oakland

    City University, Indiana

    1998 Krannert Gallery of Art, University of

    Evansville, Evansville, Indiana

    1997 Fine and Hatfield Gallery, Indiana

    1996 The Riits Gallery, Savannah, Georgia

    1995 Hanes Art Center Glass Gallery, University

    of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, N.C.

    1993 Undermain Theatre, in conjunction with

    Kitchen Dog performance of 93 Samuel Becketts Footfalls, Play, and Krapps Last Tape, and 91 performance of Henrik Ib-sens Creditors, Dallas, Texas

    87-89 Dance Space, Inc., New York,

    Select Group Exhibitions

    10-12 Pheonix Gallery, New York, NY

    11-12 Cadogan Contemporary, London

    2011 Thos. Moser Gallery, Freeport, Maine

    2011 Bell gallery, Faculty Triennial, Brown

    University, Prov. R.I

    08-10 Springs Fireplace Project, East Hampton

    08-10 Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY

    2009 Clic Gallery, East Hampton, NY

    04-07 Alpers Fine Art, Andover, MA

    2006 Nohra Haime Gallery, New York, NY

    97-05 Ruschman Gallery, Indianapolis, IN

    2004 Lenore Gray Galleries, Portland, Maine

    2004 Greenhutm Galleries, Portland, Maine

    2001 Boston Centre for Contemorary Art, The Drawing Show, Boston, MA

    2001 ICON Contemporary Art, Brunswick, ME

    2001 Elaine Benson Gallery, Re-Emerging, Bridge Hampton, NY

    2000 Biennial Juried Exhibition 2000, Rockport,

    2000 Evansville Museum of Arts and Sciences

    49th Mid-States Art Exhibition, Juror: James D.Burke, Executive Director of St.

    Louise Art Museum

    1998 Owens-Thomas Regional Arts Gallery,

    Southern Exposure, Savannah, Georgia 1998 Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana

    Gallery Annual Juried Exhibition 1998 National Invitiational Arts Exhibition ,

    Brenau University, Gainesville, Georgia

    1998 West Bank gallery, 18th Annual Juried Fine

    Arts competition, Savannah, GA, Juror:

    Lisa Philips, Curator of the 1997 Whitney


    1996 Exhibit A Gallery, Savannah College of Art

    and Design


    Bill Van Siclen: In the Galleries: Painters Show Op-

    posites Attract at Lenore Gray, Providence Jour-nal, January 13, 2011

    Deborah Weisgall, See, Maine, January/February 2011, p.43.

    Visiting Artists lectures

    2002 Brown University, Prov. Rhode Island

    2001 Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine

    2001 University of Maine, Farmington, Maine

  • Premonition III

    Oil on linen, 30 x 40 Source: Titians Holy Family with a Shepherd at the National Gallery

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