Artist
Statement

     My work is a constant search for the best way to interpret freedom, what freedom looks like in all aspects, mentally spiritually and physically. As I evolve and gain more knowledge of self, it directly translates onto the canvas. What aids in my evolution as an artist is the studying of historically black abstract artists such as Mary Lovelace O’Neal, Sam Gilliam, and Al loving. I am on a personal mission beyond influence that derives from my subconscious and my need to create meaningful experiences through abstraction, as well as my journey to finding truths about any and all things of the African diaspora. All while being part of a conscious movement in reshaping the “black aesthetic”. 

 

     I am a contemporary abstract artist. I use interior paint, and oil pastels to express my views on identity and culture through expressionism. I use raw non stretched canvas, building color from black and brown tones inspired by all shades of melanin. I incorporate many marks inspired by indigenous cultures. These marks are an expression of the freedom I speak of passed down through genetic code since the dawn of time. Ultimately the shaping of canvas, the use of color tones, and the mark making defines my human experience and tells a story that I am compelled to share with each viewer. 

PUBLICATIONS

2021- Clientele Luxury Magazine 'Awe Inspiring Creative Artists"

2021- Saatchi New Voices "100 Artists Who Are Changing The Conversation" 

2021- Saatchi 100 Artist to Collect in 20121

2020- Shout out La featured artist article"
Meet Ashley C."

2020-Mayhue Magazine: Art feature"
Because Melanin"

2019- Voyage La interview: Art and life
with Ashley Cole


Exhibitions
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2022 "Respite" Pencil on Paper Gallery 2/5/2022- 2/27/2022

2022 "Syncopation" solo exhibition Tafeta Gallery London Uk 1/27/2022 -2/24/2022

2022 “What does it mean to be free” Muzeo Gallery

2021 “Purely Abstract” 5/6 -5/29
Las Laguna Art Gallery

2021 “Black Paradox” solo exhibit - Innerspace Gallery

2020 "Frequency" - Innerspace Gallery Ca.

 

Curriculum Vitae

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