Oligarth by Phil Ashcroft - GP2010/10
Limited Edition A2 (420mm x 594mm) Lithographic Print on 200gsm Elemental Chlorine Free FSC Certified Pulp - £25.00
Episode 10, Phil Ashcroft twists time and space through piercing shards. The paint almost tears the canvas there's so much weight and intensity! Combining influences from abstract expressionism, British landscape painting, Japanese woodcuts, and graphic street art, Phil's work integrates varied visual styles to generate a crossover between space, object and environment.
Phil Ashcroft creates semi-surreal settings and cartoon-like motifs in environments tinged by the sense of an imminent catastrophe. The force of an immense alien dark matter hangs menacingly over a man-made, once-utopian structure.
A faded, distant nuclear power station sits underneath the fragmented shards of an overhanging, mountainous, golden yellow ore. With varying gradients of colour and tone, the gravitational pull of paint across horizons and planes bears an ominous presence across apocalyptic landscapes devoid of human existence.
Ashcroft also exhibits as ‘PhlAsh’ collaborating on live-painting projects in galleries and alternative spaces from street locations to shops. These have included No Soul for Sale, Tate Modern (2010), Special Relationship, Scion Space, Los Angeles (2008), Elephant Technique, Village Underground (2006), All The People We Like Are Dead, London (2004), and Graffiti Meets Windows 1, Hank-Yu Department Store, Osaka (2002).
Ashcroft was born in Farnham, Surrey in 1970. He studied at Harrow College of Art and Design 1989-92 and St. Martin’s College of Art 1992-94. Ashcroft was a finalist in the Celeste Art Prize 2007 and was selected for Contemporary Art Society's ARTfutures 2004, 2005 and 2007.
Group exhibitions include live painting at No Soul for Sale, Tate Modern (2010); a commissioned site-specific billboard for Deptford X, London (2009); The Free Art Fair, Barbican Gallery, London (2009); Heart of Glass, Concrete and Glass, London (2008); Wonder Island, Schwartz Gallery London (2008); Out of the Box and in The Garman Ryan Permanent Collection, New Art Gallery Walsall (2007-08). Solo exhibitions include Toxicity, Margaret Harvey Gallery, UH Galleries, St Albans (2006); Yeti In Hong Kong, EXIT/double-park, Hong Kong (2005) and Nitro Deluxe, Deptford X, London (2001).
Photography by Matthew Blaney & Anthony Lam
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Throughout 2010 we released a limited edition print from a diverse selection of established and upcoming artists & designers on the last Friday of every month. In December there was a series of exhibitions held in association with Absolut Vodka showcasing the 12 pieces. View the series.
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