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Mary Jane Ansell – Artist Profile

Mary Jane Ansell, acclaimed for her participation in the National Portrait Gallery’s prestigious BP Portrait Awards in 2004, 2009, 2010, and 2012, is renowned for her exquisite portrait paintings. Her art, which has been showcased with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, eloquently reflects the influence of 17th-century Dutch still-life and portraiture, weaving intricate pictorial narratives with dramatic use of light.

Her works are celebrated for their detailed craftsmanship and profound narrative layers, inviting viewers to explore both the beauty of her technique and the deeper stories her paintings tell. Not only does Ansell capture classical beauty, but her compositions also provoke thought with their intelligent, sharp allure.As a beloved figure in the British art scene, Ansell’s paintings are highly sought after by collectors in the UK, China, and the USA. Notably, musician Adam Ant has both purchased her paintings and featured her work on his album covers, praising her contributions to the vibrancy of British art.

“The British art scene can look forward to a fresh burst of vitality and beauty from the brush of Mary Jane Ansell!” – Adam Ant

To experience the true detail and texture of Mary Jane Ansell’s artwork, we invite you to visit our gallery in person. For more information or inquiries, please contact us at contact@fairfaxgallery.com.


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Mary Jane Ansell says of her work:

“I find it fascinating to explore the way light can be used to focus attention on certain details, or to conceal others. Colours, contours and textures are more clearly defined by the play of light and shadow, and become as symbolic and loaded with meaning as any other element in the work.

“A reoccurring theme in my work is the editing out of environment – to allow for greater focus on the central character and the objects they interact with. For this show I wanted to exaggerate the sense of intimacy and the works are generally smaller and more richly laden with texture, detail and controlled colour. Costume and still life elements such as lamps, flowers, fruits, silks and lace all impart a delicate and transient sensual immediacy.”

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