Saturday, 12 July 2014

New 'City of Glass' Paintings at Modern Artists Gallery

City of Glass 17, 16 & 19

Modern Artists Gallery in Whitchurch, Reading are exhibiting Ashley's latest paintings from the 'City of Glass' series inspired by Paul Auster's novel 'The New York Trilogy.'

City of Glass 10
City of Glass 24 & 21

The paintings are on  on display until 28th August 2014. Opening times vary contact the gallery for details 0118 984  5893. Please note the bridge from Pangbourne to Whitchurch is closed to vehicles but you can park in Pangbourne and it's a lovely 10 minute walk across the river to the gallery.

Recent Canterbury 'Freedom in Painting with the Life-Model' workshop

Ashley really enjoyed working once again with the artists on his workshop at Canterbury Christchurch University. Here he gives an insight into the 2 days.

'I used some of the ideas explored in my latest paintings into the recent 'Freedom in Painting' workshop at Canterbury Christchurch University. Working with Sharon Smithers, our exceptional life- model, the theme of 'The Intruding Line' was introduced. The discipline and challenge was to begin each drawing with a strong, straight central line, cutting the space and forcing the students to find a way to use it, disguise it, ignore it. The theme carried on into painting, where the group were asked to fix 2 canvases together and then deal with the problem of the line of the canvas-divide. As I have found in my own work, this way of working offers flexibility: at the start of Day 2, the students were given the option, if they wished, of switching the canvases round or separating them.  As always an incredible range of intriguing work emerged during the 2 days.  Exhausting and exhilarating!'

Each piece was very individual, here are some images of the work made over the 2 days. Thanks to everyone who came along, we really hope you enjoyed it.

Anne Marie Lepretre's painting
David Carnegie's pain

Jo Dunlop's painting

Penny Watt's painting

Comments from the workshop

Really enjoyed the course, Ashley was very supportive and gave excellent advice on a one to one basis.
Jasmine Hider

Really opens the mind to more possibilites.
David Carnegie

It has given me confidence to re-start painting after a year out.
Yvonne McCann

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