The hyper-realistic paintings of Mary Jane Ansell breathe a certain air of chic, offering the elegance and femininity of the women on the one hand, with a shaper edge. Her women are doe-eyed beauties, each forming their own narrative, whether their eyes are looking back at the viewer or gazing longingly into the distance.
There is a make-believe element to Ansell’s paintings with the additions of military uniform and other props seeming to act like a wonderful fancy dress. Her pieces are timeless, dipping in and out of various points in history, but never letting go of the fragility of the girls. The Arcadia Contemporary gallery in New York is currently exhibiting Ansell’s artwork until the start of July.