Mary Jane Ansell creates works that both subvert gender roles and pay homage to the history of portraiture. Ornate Venetian masks, military costumes adorned with gold epaulets, and baroque details echo throughout portrayals of love, loss, friendship, and rivalry. With an aristocratic temperament, exuding the relationship between feminine wiles and masculinity, each distinctive portrait voices a language open to interpretation. At once sensual, mysterious, intimate, and enchanting, Ansell creates intriguing narratives that invoke the past with a resolutely modern touch.

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