Ingrid Has been very busy creating these last few months. Below, you will see new work: transparent layered canvases, abstracts and commissions. All of them have the unique and subtle elements that continue to make her work so intriguing.
In October 2019, Ingrid’s most avid patron and art collector commissioned her to do a monumental portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. He and his wife are anglophiles and frequent visitors to England. They wanted a piece that symbolized not just the queen’s life, but also her influence on generations of people across two centuries. It was a difficult task and Ingrid had to dig deep into her creative source. The piece took nearly 18 months and was completed on April 21st, the queen’s 95th and just 12 days after Prince Philip’s passing. A sad and sweet coincidence.
The collectors are very pleased with their new work and were kind enough to allow us to share an image of the work here. We hope you will find it as inspiring as they do.
Winds of Change
All of Ingrid’s works incorporate abstract elements, usually the initial layer is an abstract form. Several years ago, she decided to explore the ideas hidden in her layered work. The results have been beautiful abstract works alive with a unique and vibrant energy all their own. They have been well received and many clients have multiple pieces.
Ingrid is often asked to describe her artwork. Labels are like boxes, they confine and define something that, in this case, is fluid. She combines so many differing genres and materials into a single work that it is difficult to describe simply. For example, the main image is usually Renaissance or Baroque, then she adds collage that is reminiscent of the early 20th century. Abstract treatments throughout the work are influenced by contemporary and post war art. And all this is incorporated using 21st Century industrial materials such as Acrylic, Resin and bonded aluminum. So rather than pigeon-hole her work, we’ve decided to simply show the most recent pieces in a slideshow format and let the viewer decide – enjoy!
Recent New Abstracts
Ingrid’s abstract work continues to evolve. In the slideshow below, you will get a sense of how her layered work influences her abstracts and vice versa. Several of the works have embedded objects or sculptural elements projecting from the canvas. This added dimension blurs the line between painting and sculpture.
Ingrid began her most challenging commission more than a year ago. It was just completed and installed in the owner’s home this past Wednesday. The monumental piece entitled, “Goya’s Muse” combines the transparent images of two of Goya’s most well known paintings, “The Duchess of Alba in White” and the “Duchess of Alba in Black.”
Goya’s history with the Duchess of Alba is not fully known, but it seems likely Goya was in love with her. In the painting nicknamed, “White Duchess” one can see “Solo Goya” (only Goya) written in the sand. The Black Duchess was painted shortly after the Duchess of Alba’s husband died. In it we see her wearing her mourning dress, but not so much sad as defiant.
Ingrid’s challenge was to combine the two paintings into her own work. To do this, she made both images so transparent, the viewer can see through both and to the background beneath. They stand over one another, different versions of the same woman, but also part of each other. Ingrid placed many of her familiar objects into the work to denote time: clocks, sand and an hourglass. Also quite challenging was the scale of the work. Standing at almost 7 feet high (213cm) and nearly as wide, it was extremely difficult to handle the large panels and became quite heavy, about 150lbs. In both works the Duchess is standing on the beach, Ingrid wanted to create the illusion of the sand in motion. Using industrial glue and solvent, she created a frozen seascape of sand and shells that looks like a slice of the beach.
Off to the right of the monumental portrait of the two duchesses is the tiny portrait of her dog. Ingrid decided to place the dog in a separate box and frame so it would not lose its importance in the large piece. He stands alone on a bed of shells and sand, illuminated by hidden lights in the box, but also connected to the duchess by a gold chain. The effect is at once poignant and humorous. For all her importance and nobility the duchess couldn’t be without her little dog.
Thank you Brad and Penny for commissioning Ingrid to do this challenging work, for your patience and trust. She is grateful and honored to have created a work of art so special for you.
Ingrid has finished and sent off the final 5 pieces for her exhibition in Denver. “Windows into the Past” opens Thursday & Friday at the Masters Gallery from 6-9pm both nights. Ingrid is very proud of her latest work. The exhibition consists of 11 works, all but one completed in 2011. “It has been thrilling. I dug deep into myself for this group, and I’m very pleased with the results. I can’t wait to see all the work hung in the gallery.” Ingrid said yesterday as the works left her studio. “The works are very personal to me.” She said. “Sometimes people ask, ‘Then how can you let them go?’ Once the emotions are expressed they are free to go. When they leave, they create a space for me to create more. And that is what I live for in my art.”
“Windows into the Past”
Opening on two nights: Thursday and Friday, May 19 and 20 at 6-9pm. Masters Gallery
The Village Shops at The Landmark
5370 Greenwood Plaza Blvd.
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
Phone: 303.221.2449 www.mastersgallerydenver.com