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 Ann Lofquist  (1964 - )

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Traditional realist painter Ann Lofquist was born in Washington, D.C. in 1964. She received her B.F.A. degree from Washington University School of Fine Arts, St. Louis, Missouri, and her M.F.A. degree from Indiana University, Bloomington in 1990. After graduation, she moved to Brunswick, Maine, where she was a professor of art at Bowdoin College from 1990 to 2001. Lofquist has received many fellowships and awards, and was included in "The Artist and the American Landscape" (1998) by John Driscoll.

Lofquist continues the tradition of such nineteenth century American Tonalist painters as George Inness, John Francis Murphy, Charles Warren Eaton and Henry Ward Ranger. Like them, Lofquist builds a sense of place through meticulously rendered, painterly images and subtleties of tone, atmosphere and light. Drawn to seasonal transitions, Lofquist also prefers twilight, dawn and dusk over bright sunlight.

Hers are landscapes of cultivated land. Small, solitary figures, cars, buildings and domesticated animals are inconspicuous, often camouflaged in their settings. Lofquist suggests the continuation of a type of American landscape seen from the Hudson River School onwards, in which an appreciation of nature is a phenomenon of everyday life.

Lofquist begins her work with small, plein-air oil sketches offering an "encounter with nature. I can't just take a photograph." These studies become the source for larger paintings created in her studio. Although always starting from direct observation, she augments her images by invented elements drawn from her recollections.

The artist sees herself as a "twenty-first century artist, working from a nineteenth century traditionAs a realist painter, it is impossible to escape painting contemporary life, but it is harder to find the connections with the past. These must be made deliberately."

Lofquist purposefully seeks the type of sites that engaged artists of a previous century. Whereas the Tonalists felt that art could express the spiritual force in nature, Lofquist feels that today it is "harder to have that faith." She "looks for that meaning, rather than depicting it." Her paintings, rich in a quiet, meditative melancholy, reflect this sense of loss and search, evoking a nostalgia for an earlier era.

Ann Lofquist's solo exhibitions include:
1990, Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington
1992, Walker Art Museum, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine
1996, Contemporary Realist Gallery, San Francisco, California
2001-02, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, Old Lyme, Connecticut
Selected Group Exhibitions:
1993, American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, New York City, Forty-Sixth Annual Invitational Exhibition
1995, Fontbonne College Gallery, St. Louis, The Nature of Landscape
Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, New York, Re-Presenting Representation
1996, Long Beach Museum of Art, California Focus
1998, Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston, Maine Oil Sketching
1999, Ogunquit Museum of Art, Maine, Realism x 3

Public Collections:
American General, Houston, Texas
Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, New York
Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine
Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston, Maine
Etan Industries, Dallas, Texas
Exxon Corporation, Dallas, Texas
Long Beach Museum of Art, California

Source: Spanierman Gallery brochure

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