Ana Teles is an artist and researcher. She holds degrees in Fine Art, with a specialisation in Painting, from the University of Porto and Chelsea College of Arts.
Teles’ doctoral research consisted of an investigation into the process of copying the work of other artists, in collaboration with them, to understand how the participation of the maker of the original work can contribute to the making of the copy, not just with respect to the aesthetic qualities of the painting but also its ontological qualities, that is, its standing and reception within the art world.
Two artists that Teles selected as her subjects to copy were Andrew Bick and Frank Bowling. Her investigation involved a practical and conceptual study of the work of these two British artists, and their connection to contemporary and historical legacies, including the British art scene in the 1960s, and Constructivism and the Systems Group.
Teles is involved in the curatorial programme of White Conduit Projects, a gallery that aims to connect Japan and the UK by showcasing artists with a connection to Japanese culture who live and work in Britain.