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“Opposites is a reference to my work about both sides of the Atlantic, my journeys around the USA and the harbour-towns of Cornwall.” – Ashley.
Ashley Hanson’s paintings embrace geography and the dialogue and tensions between ‘opposites’ i.e. between freedom and control, the natural and the man-made landscape, the curved and the linear, and in his latest ‘City of Glass’ series of paintings (inspired by Paul Auster’s novel ‘The New York Trilogy’) he explores the relationship between fact and fiction.
To coincide with this exhibition Ashley will be available to talk about his work on Saturday 18 May from 12-2pm and Saturday 22 June from 12-2pm at the Margate Gallery.
Additionally, Ashley will be running a ‘Freedom in Painting with the Life Model’ workshop at Canterbury Christchurch University on Thursday 20 and Friday 21 June from 9:30am – 5:30pm. To find out more about this workshop please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
You are invited to attend the opening night of Opposites on Friday 17 May from 6-8pm at the Margate Gallery. The exhibition will continue from Saturday 18 May to Saturday 22 June 2013.
“The dialogue and tensions between opposites is further explored within my paintings, between the curved and the linear, liquidity/solidity, warm/cool colour, the natural and the man-made landscape. Above all, my work explores the different realities of information and imagination, between what inspires and drives the paintings, and the uncertainties and excitement of the painting process. The battle between freedom and control is the essence of my painting. Anselm Kiefer succinctly refers to this artists’ dilemma in his forward to ‘Il Mistero de Cattedrell’: ‘If there is too much order, it is dead; if there is too much chaos, it doesn’t cohere. I’m continually negotiating between these two extremes.’
The idea of opposites continues with my latest ‘City of Glass’ series, (inspired by Paul Auster’s novel ‘The New York Trilogy’), which explore the relationship between fact and fiction. It is thrilling to be working from another artform, combining images sourced from narrative and text with memories of my own experience of New York. As a painter I can relate to Auster’s striking imagery and complex layerings of identity and truth and his acknowledgement and explorations of chance.”
Last year Ashley was joint winner of the ‘Canvas and Cream Art Prize ‘in London and his work was also selected for the Discerning Eye, the National Open Art Competition and the Ludlow Open. In addition Ashley was selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in 2011. He has been a former prize-winner of the Hunting Art Prizes and also a recipient of a Boise Travel Scholarship from the Slade School of Art. Currently Ashley is a gallery artist at Modern Artists Gallery , Reading and the Great Atlantic Gallery, Falmouth and has shown at many galleries throughout the UK and beyond, including the Belgrave Gallery, St.Ives, Campden Gallery, the Cotswolds and Edgar Modern , Bath .
Read more about Ashley Hanson Here.
Ashley’s colourful artwork was a great way to brighten up the weekend. I highly recommend a visit to a great gallery and a fabulous art show.
Nb: All artworks are framed except for the following: Portleven 13, Penzance 2, City of Glass 2, 3 ,6 & 7, Islands, California Zephyr.