Ann Gale: Falk Visiting Artist

  • Jan 18, 2009 – Apr 12, 2009
Ann Gale, “Self Portrait with Orange Shirt”, 2007, oil on linen on
masonite, 14 x 11 in. Private collection, San Francisco. Courtesy
Hackett-Freedman Gallery, San Francisco. Photo: PHOCASSA/J.W. White.

Like the artists she cites as influences, Lucian Freud and Alberto Giacometti, Ann Gale approaches the figure as an opportunity to discover and undress the human psyche. She paints directly from the model, a process that involves weeks or, sometimes, months. Each painting reflects the dematerialization and fragmentation of the subject that occurs through this extended intimate contact, expressed visually by the artist’s use of short brushstrokes that merge figure with ground. Neutral hues and the suggested play of light over time convey a sense of changing atmosphere that reinforces the mutability of the self. Gale’s penetrating, tension-filled portraits move beyond the surface of exterior identity to capture her sitters’ interior emotions in the position of being intently observed.

Ann Gale (b. 1966; lives in Seattle) received her BFA from Rhode Island College, Providence and her MFA from Yale University, New Haven. Her work has been featured in exhibitions nationwide, and on the PBS program, Egg: The Arts Show, and in Curve The Female Nude Now (Rizzoli, 2003). A professor at the University of Washington, Seattle, Gale has been the recipient of numerous grants, including a John S. Guggenheim Fellowship (2007), an Artist Trust Grant/GAP Award (2003), a WESTAF/ NEA Fellowship (1996), and an Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant (1997).

Gale will be on the UNCG campus January 21-23 as part of the Falk Visiting Artist series, a program produced collaboratively since 1982 by the Weatherspoon and the Art Department at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The program gives students and members of the community an opportunity to meet and learn from artists who are active in the field.

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