Gestural abstractions by Elise Ansel

New York-based artist Elise Ansel creates paintings derived from Old Master depictions of bacchanals, interiors, and figures in the landscape. She reinterprets famous classics using gestural abstraction. Forms and figures are reduced to single streaks of color, representing the main gesture and movement of the original object. Each brush stroke communicates a sensation that is simultaneously optical and emotional. What begins as a figurative painting evolves into a focus on color, composition, and the materiality of the paint.

“My paintings are about re-claiming, re-visioning, and re-presenting paintings that were created at a time when women were seen as objects,” Ansel said of her works. [h/t]elise elise1 elise2

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