Alex Ashton _ Painter and Print Maker

Personal statement

As a painter and print maker materials and medium interconnect to explore the immersive experience of ‘place’, the colour of memory and the mark of intention.

Recent work has focused on gesture as a means of containing relational memories.

The Australian landscape is investigated as a repository, a witness, to the activity of the natural and man made world, investigating the landscape as a site which can record and reveal aspects of human experience through our interaction with it.

The vitality of painting and drawing within the immersive environment provides a structure through which temporality is both experienced and explored.

The work begins with drawing in the landscape – immersed in the feel and texture of a particular ‘place’. This experience is concentrated and distilled within the studio as I attempt to isolate and refine the ‘situated experience’ : smell, touch, taste, colour and sound. The sensory experiences combine, through the intentional gesture, as an attempt to capture the ‘essence’ of a particular moment in time. Landscape and drawing in direct response to place acts as a starting point for the paintings’ development within the studio.

 

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Exhibitions

2014                           Solo Exhibition – PhD Final Portfolio – Sunshine Coast University – Qld

2016                           Solo Exhibition Fish Lane Studios – South Bank Brisbane Qld

2014                           Hong Kong Art Fair, Hong Kong

2014                           QArt 2014, Caloundra, Queensland

2013                           LifeART Worldwide, Mooloolaba, Queensland

2013                           Agora Gallery, New York

2013                           Arteria Gallery, Lancaster

2012                           DRN Conference, Loughborough University

2011                           Florence Biennale, Italy

2011                           Bedfordbury Gallery, London

2011                           Edinburgh Art Fair, Edinburgh

2010                           University of Cumbria, Lancaster

2010                           Electricworks, Sheffield

2009                           Arteria Gallery, Lancaster

2009                           The Edge Gallery, Lancaster

2008                           Open West, Stroud, Gloucestershire

2007                           Neutron Gallery, Kyoto, Japan

2007                           Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk

2006                           Dukes Playhouse, Lancaster

2006                           Sun Gallery, Lancaster

2005                           Manchester Art Show, Manchester

2005                           Manchester Library Theatre, Manchester

2005                           ‘JAPAN’, Stroud House Gallery, Gloucestershire

2004                           The Edge Gallery, Lancaster

2003                           Neutron, Kyoto, Japan

2003                           Five Plus Gallery, Ambleside, Cumbria

2003                           No.9 The Gallery, Birmingham

2002                          Neutron, Kyoto, Japan

2002                           ‘Sefton Open’, Southport, Lancashire

2002                           Adze Gallery, York

2002                           Rufford Gallery, Nottinghamshire

2001                           ‘Sefton Open’, Southport, Lancashire

2001                           Wave Contemporary Art Gallery, Kendal

2001                           Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal

2000                           9 the Gallery, Birmingham

1999                           Battersea Contemporary Art Fair, London

1998                           Group exhibition, Vitry sur Siene, Paris

1997                           The Custard Factory, Birmingham

1997                           Battersea Contemporary Art Fair, London

1996                           Group exhibition, Commonwealth Institute, London

1996                           Group exhibition, Lingen, Germany

1996                           Solo touring exhibition, E.S.B.C.

1996                           Group exhibition, BET4/Spirale, The Brewhouse, Burton on Trent

1995                           Solo exhibition, Council House, Derby

1994                           ‘New Ways in Printmaking’, Coventry Gallery, London

1994                           ‘Reflections of Life’, Coventry Gallery, London

1994                           Group exhibition, Lingen, Germany

1994                           ‘Order and Chaos’, Schools touring exhibition

1993                           ‘Drawings of Distinction’, Group exhibition, London.

1992                           ‘Under the Skin’, Touring exhibition, The Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

1992                           Group exhibition, Lingen, Germany

Watercolour paper on board - Ink and Pigment

 

 

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