Ann Gales paintings of fragmented figures, painted in muted tones are strangely compelling. The subjects emerge from a storm of little splodges and short brushstrokes, almost by accident. Every edge is broken and indistinct, yet the form of the figure is still forcefully present.
The brushwork feels like each stroke is an independent observation, seperate to those around it, of a little area of the space in the painter’s view. These little observations come together eventually and you observe the emergence of a general whole which is made from the particular. It is this sensation that makes the viewer of these paintings very aware of the artist’s gaze and the power over the model through this gaze. She is said to be influenced by Giacometti, Lucian Freud and Antonio López Garcia.