Fine Art Connoisseur
by Jeffrey Carlson
By intently observing the contours and colors that compose her figures, Ann Gale creates paintings that meditate on the very act of looking.
Figurative painter Ann Gale (b. 1966) is exhibiting a selection of artworks that manifests her powerful sense of vision and remarkable ability to manipulate paint.
Self-portrait with Collar," 2014, graphite, ink and watercolor on Mylar and paper, 14 x 11 in. Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects
"Peter," 2014, oil on Masonite, 14 x 11 in. Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects
"Portrait with Cap," 2014, oil on linen-wrapped Masonite, 14 x 11 in. Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects
Gale's paintings are busy compilations of energetic and seemingly erratic paint markings. Upon studying her work, though, one clearly sees that the portraits and the marks that compose them are a response to an almost obsessively intense method of looking. Reading shadows and the fall of light with eccentricity and creativity, Gale presses her palette beyond the natural and arrives at a final product that teeters on the edge of realism and something else entirely. Still, in the sullen expressions of her figures and self-portraits, Gale taps into deeply human emotion and vulnerability that makes her artworks relatable as well as visually fascinating.
Self-portrait with Collar," 2014, oil on panel, 14 x 11 in. Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects
"Peter with Striped Kimono," 2014, oil on canvas, 50 x 44 in. Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects
Born in Baltimore and raised in Rhode Island, Ann Gale earned a B.F.A. from Rhode Island College and an M.F.A. from Yale University School of Art. She has been honored with recent solo exhibitions at San Francisco's Dolby Chadwick Gallery (2012); the Falk Art Museum at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro (2009); and the Portland Art Museum in Portland, Oregon (2007). Since 1995 Gale has served on the faculty at the University of Washington, where she is professor of painting and drawing. She is the 2015 Master Class Guest of Honor at JSS in Civita, a summer art school and residency in Civita Castellana, Italy.