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Mary Jane Ansell was a previous finalist in the prestigious BP Portrait Award in 2004, 2009, 2010 and 2012 and has exhibited several times with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and The Threadneedle Prize. Based in the UK she shows internationally with recent group and solo exhibitions in London, New York, Singapore and LA.
Mary Jane's work also features on the covers of a number of recent novels, including New York Times bestselling author Tiffany Baker and on the recently released album: Adam Ant is The BlueBlack Hussar In Marrying The Gunners Daughter.
With a love of intriguing narratives and in catching a contained but dramatic moment Mary Jane's work draws influences from a multitude of inspirations, from classical portraiture to the world of haute couture and with an appreciation for a refined technique that invokes the past but with a resolutely modern viewpoint.
Mary Jane Ansell graduated from Brighton University in 1994 and now works from her studio in the heart of Brighton's North Laine.
After only beginning to seriously exhibit her work in 2002, she was selected for both the 2004 BP National Portrait Award and The Daily Mails Not the Turner Prize she was also prize winner in LondonArts Art of Love competition held at the Arndale Gallery, Cork Street London.
2004 also saw her supporting the national charitable initiative Big Arts Week spending a week with children, at Stanford Infant School during June encouraging them to explore portraiture for themselves. http://artodyssey1.blogspot.nl/2009/07/mary-jane-ansell-mary-jane-ansell.html