Paintings, when great, carry constellations of meaning. – Harold Ancart
Belgian-born, New York-based Harold Ancart’s recent series of UFO paintings depict a range of scenarios – violent alien attacks, UFOs quietly hovering above landscapes, and spaceships floating in the darkness of outer space, among them – all with the same instantly-recognizable flying saucer shape that entered the public’s consciousness in the late 1940s. By portraying the UFO in so many moments and through a variety of media, Ancart creates his own genre of painting that becomes a framework to explore the compositional, painterly, and emotional possibilities of paint, while also setting up a drama-loaded narrative for the viewer. Here, a delicate watercolor depicts the dome-topped, disc-shaped geometry of the craft and its radiating beams. Ancart’s work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions at venues around the world, and his work is included in the permanent collections of numerous institutions worldwide, including the Fondation Beyeler, Basel; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk; The Menil Collection, Houston; Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; LA MoCA, Los Angeles; the Guggenheim Museum, New York; and the Whitney Museum, New York.