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 Ann Gale  (1966 - )

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Lived/Active: Maryland      Known for: figurative and portrait painting

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BIOGRAPHY for Ann Gale
1966 (Baltimore, Maryland)

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figurative and portrait painting

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Biography from Hackett-Freedman Gallery:
Ann Gale (b. 1966–) is a figure painter whose portraiture explores the
psychology and sexuality of both artist and subject.  Like those
artists she cites as influences, Antonio López Garcia, Lucian Freud,
Alberto Giacommeti, Gale approaches the figure as an opportunity to
undress the human psyche.

Gale works slowly, drawing and painting directly from the model over a
period of many weeks or months.  Over time, the emotional and
physical demands of maintaining such intimate contact with her subject
leads to a dematerialization and fragmentation of the painted
figure.  This breakdown is expressed visually through Gale's use
of short, fragmented brushstrokes that merge the figure with the

Ann Gale received her BFA from Rhode Island College, Providence, Rhode
Island, and her MFA from Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. 
A professor at the University of Washington School of Art in Seattle,
Gale she has been awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship (2007), Western States Artists Foundation/ National
Endowment for the Arts Fellowship (1996), and an Elizabeth Greenshields
Foundation Grant (1997).

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

Hackett-Freedman Gallery, San Francisco, CA (also ‘04,’00)

APEX: Ann Gale, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR

Dean Jensen Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

Lyons Weir Gallery, Chicago, IL
Kittredge Gallery, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA

Dean Jensen Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

Dean Jensen Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

Selected Group Exhibitions:

Representation 2007, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, New York, NY
This is Not a Group Show, Jacob Lawrence Gallery, Seattle, WA

Aspects of Humanity: Contemporary and Modernist Portraiture, Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento,

Art 2005 II, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Quebec, Canada
Human Measures, SoFA Gallery, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
About Faces: Portraits Past and Present, Staten Island Museum, Staten Island, NY

The Perception of Appearance, A Decade of Contemporary American Figure Drawing, Frye Museum of Art,
Seattle, WA

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