Ann Gale - Self Portrait with Red Grid 2012

Ann Gale

United States 1966


Ann Gale
Ann Gale
United States
December 16, 2015
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Ann Gale is an artist best known for her figurative portraits composed of accumulations of numerous, detailed color patches that powerfully express the changes in light and the movement of the human figure in time. Her fragmented psychologically-charged paintings portray both the physique of her models but also the passage of time visible to the viewers in the accumulation of brushstrokes. And though oil paintings on canvas, seem to be her favorite the artist also works with other media such as linen-wrapped panel, copper, graphite, and paper.

Inspiration for drawing comes from sources like news, arts books, museums, 2017 and inches of her home.
Ann Gale – Robert with Gray Shirt, 2012 / Peter Turning, 2013 / Peter with Stripes, 2013

Unique Viewing of the Human Figure

Ann Galle is an American figurative painter born in 1966. She earned her BFA from Rhode Island College and her MFA from Yale University. The artist is influenced by great figurative painters’ technique including the skills of Lucian Freud and Alberto Giacometti. The artist uses live models to create her stunning but time-consuming work. The artistic process is lengthy and consists of a series of three-hour long sessions executed in the time period that can last from four months to two years. The abundance of time she spends with her models adds a psychological note to her art pieces as the physical discomfort caused by the long sitting sessions results in a profound emotional exposure and a strong sense of intimacy.

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Ann Gale – Rachel, 2007 / Jennifer with Blue Dress, 2012 / Rachel with White Robe, 2011

An Artist Interested in Portraying Tension and Psychological Depth

Though located in the center of her work the models are not the only and not even the most important part of Ann Gale’s art. The painter’s oil on canvas art pieces deal with the relationship of the surrounding light and structure just as much as with portraying the psychological state of her models. By capturing the change of light and the atmosphere of her sitter’s surroundings the artist portrays what she likes to call the “color environment”, thus creating the vivid background that seems to subsequently approaches and moves away from her sitters.

The painter uses light and structure as tools for exploring the relationship between the sitter and the surrounding space

Search 5 inches X 9 inches work on view at Washington museum 2014
Ann Gale – Self Portrait with Headband, 2007 / Self Portrait with Apron, 2012 / Self Portrait with Red Grid, 2012

Main Outlines of Ann Gale’s Painting Technique

Even before she starts painting the artist spends hours and hours carefully observing and getting to know her models. At first, Ann Gale used her family and friends as models for her works, but in recent years she began working with professionals that each contain certain qualities that captured the artist’s attention. Ann Gale carefully carves the figure of her subject out of negative space often highlighting some part of the body while carefully hiding others. The technique that builds people out of the particles and patches of oil paint remind the viewers of the fact that, on a molecular level we are all made from particles and motion of energy. Ann Gale works as a Professor of painting and drawing at the University of Washington since 1995. Her drawings and oil on canvas works have been on view at numerous galleries and art venues including Portland Art Museum, 2007, Jacob Lawrence Gallery at University of Washington, 2016 and Fralin Museum of Art in 2016.

She is represented by Dolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, USA.

Ann Gale lives and works in Seattle.

Featured image : Ann Gale – Self Portrait with Red Grid, detail, 2012
All images courtesy of Dolby Chadwick Gallery.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016Ann GaleDolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2016Ann Gale: Portraits Fralin Museum of Art, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VASolo
2016Utopia Neighborhood ClubJacob Lawrence Gallery, University of Washington, SeattleGroup
2012Ann GaleDolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2012The Space BetweenPrographica, Seattle, WAGroup
2011HeadsDolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2011Studie, Preparatory Work That Stands AlonePrographica, Seattle, WAGroup
2010Previews of Things to ComePrographica, Seattle, WAGroup
2009Academy of Arts and Letters Invitational ExhibitionAcademy of Arts and Letters, NYGroup
2009Ann GaleFalk Art Museum, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NCSolo
2009Gage Academy, SeattleWAAcademy of Arts and Letters, Ceremonial Award Exhibition, NYGroup
2009Drawings VIIIKoplin Del Rio Gallery, Culver City, CAGroup
2009On PaperJenkins Johnson Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2008Ann GaleHackett-Freedman Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2007APEX: Ann GalePortland Art Museum, Portland, ORSolo
2007Representation 2007Jenkins Johnson Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2007This is Not a Group ShowJacob Lawrence Gallery, Seattle, WAGroup
2006Aspects of Humanity: Contemporary and Modernist PortraitureCenter for Contemporary Art, Sacramento, CAGroup
2005InvitationalGallerie De Bellefeuille, Montreal, CanadaGroup
2005FiguraGallerie De Bellefeuille, Montreal, CanadaGroup
2005About Faces: Portraits Past and PresentStaten Island Museum. NYGroup
2005Human MeasuresSoFA Gallery, Indiana University, Bloomington, INGroup
2004Ann GaleHackett-Freedman Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2002The Perception of Appearances: A Decade of American Figure DrawingArt Museum, Seattle WAGroup
2001UnknownLyons-Wier Packer Gallery, Chicago, ILGroup
2001UnknownLyons-Wier Packer Gallery, New NYGroup
2000Ann GaleHackett-Freedman Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
1999San Francisco International Art FairSan Francisco, CAGroup
1999Ann GaleDean Jensen Gallery, Milwaukee, WISolo
1998UnknownHackett-Freedman Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
1997Ann GaleKittredge Gallery, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WASolo
1997Ann GaleLyons Weir Gallery, Chicago, ILSolo
1996UnknownLyons-Wier Gallery, Chicago, ILGroup
1995Ann GaleDean Jensen Gallery, Milwaukee, WISolo
1993Ann GaleDean Jensen Gallery, Milwaukee, WISolo
1993New Pier ShowChicago, ILGroup
1993Politics of GenderWalkers Point Center for the Arts, Milwaukee, WIGroup
1992The Body ShowFrederick Layton Gallery, Milwaukee, WIGroup
1991New Haven Paint and Clay Club Juried ShowNew Haven, CTGroup
1991Connecticut Woman Artists Juried ShowJohn Slade Ely House, New Haven, CTGroup
1991M.F.A. Thesis ShowNew Haven, CTGroup
1991Wisconsin 91Edna Carlsten Gallery, UW Stevens Point, WIGroup
1991Gabriel Laderman SelectsFirst Street Gallery, New York, NYGroup
1987Talent CompetitionBannister Gallery, Rhode Island College, Providence, RIGroup
1987The FigureFleet Gallery, Providence, RIGroup