Fine Art Connoisseur previews Ann Gale

New Works from Ann Gale

February 2016

Fine Art Connoisseur
by Andrew Webster

Seattle-based artist Ann Gale is poised to feature her recent paintings at Dolby Chadwick Gallery in San Francisco, California. When does the exhibition open? Find out here.

The acclaimed painter Ann Gale will present an eclectic range of her latest works at Dolby Chadwick Gallery in San Francisco this March. Featuring oil paintings on canvas, linen-wrapped panels, and copper, as well as graphite works, there is sure to be something for every connoisseur to enjoy beginning March 3.

Gale is particularly known for her captivating figurative subjects and a concept that delves into the nature of perception and “the psychology of human interaction that transcends the purely visual,” as the gallery writes. “It is a revelation to contemplate the work of an artist such as Gale, who spends months, if not years, studying a single pose taken by one of her models.”

Continuing, Dolby Chadwick Gallery suggests, “With a stillness, and an intimacy so profound that it becomes nearly unbearable, Gale’s keen powers of observation seek many points of reference, yet recognizable likeness remains a concern almost completely removed from her scope of interest — a fact that for many years caused her to shy away from the term ‘portraiture.’ Her work instead addresses the emotionally-charged and potentially confrontational aspect of sharing space with, and relentlessly observing, another human being at close range for lengthy periods of time. While she also has painted friends and family, ‘when they were willing to endure it,’ she feels there is really no difference, ‘every person is shocking, complex, both visually and psychologically,’ she explains. Her unflinching approach is reminiscent of the wrenching and minutely-observed portraits of Lucian Freud — both grounded in a fearless exploration of raw experience.”

An opening reception for the exhibition will be held March 3 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The show will be on view through April 2. To learn more, visit Dolby Chadwick Gallery.