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Ellen Altfest EXHIBITED AT THE SAATCHI GALLERY

Two Logs
Ellen Altfest
Two Logs

2005

oil on canvas

48.3 x 71.1 cm
Ellen Altfest’s Two Logs mesmerises as a feat of monumental concentration. Bordering on abstraction, her still-life becomes lost in its own representation, each detail independently captured becomes a reverie of its reproduction in paint. Consumed by the making, Altfest uses her simple subject as a departure into an inner consciousness, allowing her gestures to form as unmediated psychological response to the scene. Flirting between reality and dream state, her work conveys an impalpable ambience through the luxurious materiality of her surfaces.
Penis
Ellen Altfest
Penis

2006

oil on canvas

30.5 x 28 cm
Focussing on the male member, Ellen Altfest’s Penis is painting up close and personal. Drawing from the hyper-realism of Chuck Close’s portraits, Altfest approaches her intimate subject with detailed obsession. Every wrinkle, vein, and hair is represented with painstaking accuracy, transforming ‘a bit of the other’ into a terrain of investigative wonder. Through the complexity of her process, Altfest denatures the abject into a field of inspiring contemplation. Each gesture and brushstroke encapsulates a metaphysical consumption, where desire and fixation are conveyed through the sensual study of painting itself.
The Tree
Ellen Altfest
The Tree

2001

oil on canvas

152.4 x 114.3 cm
Tumbleweed
Ellen Altfest
Tumbleweed

2005

oil on canvas

106.7 x 132.1 cm
Working from life rather than photos, Ellen Altfest’s paintings exude an experiential quality: capturing the transference the impact of looking as it becomes imprinted in memory, she replicates her personal engagement with the objects as a tangible sensation on her canvas. Tumbleweed offers a cosmos of this ethereal state. Stranded between representation and intuitive painterly indulgence, Altfest proposes a vision of quiet contemplation, rendering a bewildering beauty from the study of the simplest things.

Ellen Altfest's BIOGRAPHY

Ellen Altfest
Born in 1970, New York
Currently lives and works in New York



SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2010
The Leg, Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas

2007
Paintings, White Cube Hoxton Square, London

2005
Still Lives, Bellwether Gallery, New York

2002
Rocks and Trees, Bellwether, Brooklyn


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2009
ON FROM HERE, Guild and Greyshkul, New York, NY

2006
USA TODAY, organised by the Saatchi Gallery, The Royal Academy of Arts, London, England

2005
The General's Jamboree, 2nd Annual Watercolor Exhibition, Guild & Greyshkul, New York

2004
Where are we going, where do we come from?, Champion Fine Art, Los Angeles
Grotto 2, Jessica Murray Projects, Brooklyn
Hello, Chelsea, Bellwether, New York

2003
You, Royal Modern, New York

2002
Painting as Paradox, Artists’ Space, New York

2001
The Brewster Project, Brewster, New York
In the Landscape, Silverstein Gallery, New York

2000
@ The Artist’s Studio, P.P.O.W., Sothebys.com, New York
Three Artists, Bellwether, Brooklyn
The Drawing Show, Boston Center for the Arts, Cur. Ellen Gallagher, Boston
Emerging Artists, Provincetown Museum, Provincetown, MA

1999
Open Road, Joyce Goldstein Gallery, New York

1998
Cornish Estate, Cold Spring, New York

1997
Scapers, Red Mill Gallery, Johnson