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Ash Kitchen

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Degree: Painting and Printmaking
University: Glasgow School of Art
Graduation Year: 2016

New Blood Art Statement

The paintings of Ash Kitchen are abundant in delicacy yet purposefully alluring. Although sharing the same neutral, understated palette and fluid brushstrokes indicative of Michaël Borremans the paintings enact an entirely different focus somewhat more aligned to the pop artists of the 1950s. Indeed, Kitchen is interested in drawing parallels between the world of fine art and the world of popular culture. Refuting traditional painting motifs, Kitchen exploits the similarities between the two worlds and explicitly reveals the pulsing energy of material culture. Kitchen uses fashion and glossy magazines as a reference point, and the work echoes Richard Hamilton’s belief that the artist (to retain their unique purpose), ‘may have to plunder the popular arts to recover the imagery which is his rightful inheritance.’ The work of Kitchen goes further, however, exploring the pleasure of material culture, and the rich, often paradoxical, sentiments that drive human nature.

Artist Statement

Every living organism has an innate drive towards pleasure and away from pain. My work finds influence from the worlds of Fashion and Material culture. Engaging elements of design and methods of Fine Art -paintings and objects are combined into installation and techniques of retail display reapplied in a gallery space. Today the shop is increasingly curated like a gallery. What happens when biological drives meet with external stimulation? The push and pull of empty and full. Shop as gallery and vice versa. Paintings as objects of desire. Blending mainstream imagery with the art space. It has to do with a paradox between the implicit tradition in oil painting on canvas and the energy of current popular culture. Questioning the margins between whimsical and sensible, childlike and adult, feminine and masculine with ideas of pleasure and excess but also reluctance and restraint. I think about this also in my use of paint- playing with thickness and thinness and transparencies and using both solid and subtle colour. I always hope to leave some tension between areas of refinement and unravelling brushwork. Most recently, I have been fascinated by the double image- in portraits of models and magazines I want to use the semiotics of contemporary culture to point out a disparity between our drive towards pleasure and instinct to protect ourselves.

Exhibitions

2016, Best of Degree Show
2016, Six foot Gallery, Glasgow
2016, Glasgow School of Art Degree Show
2016, Painters Gonna Paint, Tontine Building, Glasgow
2015, Safe and Healthy, McClellan Galleries, Glasgow

Original works:

Rollin Dice

By Ash Kitchen

£190

Interview

By Ash Kitchen

£210

Gigi

By Ash Kitchen

£210

7/11

By Ash Kitchen

£190

Seven Twice

By Ash Kitchen

£190

Kendall

By Ash Kitchen

£190

ID

By Ash Kitchen

£375

Raccoon

By Ash Kitchen

£330

Fox

By Ash Kitchen

£330

Amina

By Ash Kitchen

£175

Kate

By Ash Kitchen

£375

Dior Addict

By Ash Kitchen

£330

Alejandro

By Ash Kitchen

£300

Just Eat the Blossoms

By Ash Kitchen

£350

The Kiss

By Ash Kitchen

£190

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By Ash Kitchen

£175

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By Ash Kitchen

£175

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