People have comprised Gale’s primary, if sole,subject matter for a significant part of her career. As her subjects’ faces andbodies bear the greatest expressive weight and are rendered in the densestdetail, her paintings are commonly regarded as portraits. Gale, however, hasonly recently become comfortable with the term “portrait,” settling into thisart-historically-loaded though increasingly elastic concept as it’s deployed indifferent contexts and by different writers, artists, and scholars. Lookingbeyond the question of how we should look at the work, however, enables adeeper appreciation of the paintings as aesthetic and affective objects. Thateach face and body exudes a similar gravity—even solemnity—of expression causesthe viewer to not only wonder who these people are and what they haveexperienced, but also prompts interest in the painter and her relationshipswith the models.
Born in 1966, Ann Gale earned her BFA from Rhode Island College and her MFA from Yale University. In addition to exhibiting across North America, Gale has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a Guggenheim fellowship in 2007, a Washington Arts Council fellowship in 2006, and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in 1996, among others. Her work was included in the 2011 Dolby Chadwick Gallery exhibition, HEADS, curated by Peter Selz. Gale is currently Associate Professor of Fine Arts at the University of Washington, Seattle.
This catalogue, which includes an essay by Frances Malcolm, was printed on the occasion of Gale's first solo exhibition at the Dolby Chadwick Gallery, December 6, 2012–February 2, 2013.
24 pages. 13 color plates. Softcover. 2012.