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Ann Magnusson: Personal

Corridor Gallery | April 1 - June 1, 2021

Image Credit: Ann Magnusson, Karen, Hair-Work Artist (portrait and interior), Acrylic on canvas30” x 24” (each)

“Place tells the story about us; as soon as we put people in paintings, people tell the story about place.” 

—Wim Wenders, German Filmmaker

Painter Ann Magnusson renders portraits that capture her subject’s personalities. Meaningful expressions, genuine smiles, and active postures result in authentic portrayals. Magnusson gravitates to the stories people share, their history, and information from their everyday and treasured objects. From such investigation stems companion pieces revealing their personal space. By focusing on details and examining what people display, Magnusson builds their story. Magnusson explains, “My work explores our sense of aesthetics—how age, gender, occupation, culture, and economics influence where we live, how we live, what we collect and value, and how we choose to incorporate our ‘stuff of life’ into our surroundings.” 

Magnusson started creating portraits with companion paintings in 2013. Prior to then, her focus was on space alone, depicting the architecture of a place as well as the feelings people create in their private places. Today, Magnusson illustrates how people foster connections to their environment and how this connectivity shows people’s similarities. In her Duluth series, viewers will find four portraits of current and former northern Minnesota residents, from a silversmith to a retired accountant. Companion portraits examine their interior studio spaces and living rooms as well as one artist’s exterior building. 



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Ann Magnusson holds a BFA from the University of Minnesota and an MFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Her work has been exhibited throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin and can be viewed at her studio in the Minneapolis’ Northrup King Building. Magnusson is a fiscal year 2018 recipient of an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

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