“I’m fascinated by people and their interiors, what they value, collect, and choose to surround themselves with in their private spaces and how the objects are indicative of who they are.”
Ann Magnusson is a Twin Cities figurative painter who has a studio in Northrup King Building, Minneapolis, MN. She received her BFA from UMN, her Teaching License (K-12 Art) from Hamline University, St. Paul, MN, and her MFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She credits her 13 years in Sweden with having formed much of her aesthetic choices.
“I’m fascinated by people and their interiors, what they value, collect, and choose to surround themselves with in their private spaces and how the objects are indicative of who they are. My process is to visit the home of a participant, to look at their surroundings and to paint two or more paintings based on that visit. The first painting is a portrait; the second companion piece shows the interior without the individual. I sketch, photograph, and make a video interview with them in their surroundings.”
Magnusson cites several influences; the line is always the basis of my process. I look at any portrait or figurative painter who has an unusual approach to process: Alice Neel (use of line), David Hockney (use of color and flatness of space), Jenny Saville(handling of paint), and Giorgio Morandi (limited color palette).
Recent shows of Magnusson’s work include “Interiors and Portraits, S. MN”, Owatonna (MN) Arts Center (solo, 2019); Hudson (WI) Hospital Healing Arts (2018); Northern Lights Juried Art Show, White Bear Center for the Arts, White Bear Lake, MN (2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 – Juror’s Award, 2012, 2010); and North Star 4th National Water Media Juried Exhibition, White Bear Center for the Arts (2017). She received a MN State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant in 2018. Public collections holding her work include MN State Public School Orphanage Museum, Owatonna, MN; Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN; and Jack Links, Corporate Headquarters, Minneapolis.