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Margaret Ashman

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Degree: MA Printmaking
University: University of Brighton
Graduation Year: 2005

New Blood Art Statement

Artist shortlisted for the RA Summer Exhibition 2017 & 2018 and selected for ING Discerning Eye 2018.
With an impressive resumé and critical acclaim, Margaret Ashman presents sophisticated photo etchings. Investigating the human figure and movement by using dancers as her subject she captures softness and energy in her photographs using a multi-layered approach and incorporating oriental imagery. Asian influences are evident in the simplicity and minimalism of these harmonious compositions. Soulful, sensitive and powerful work.


Artist Statement

My imagery is carefully constructed from my own photography and borrowed elements from sources such as fabrics, garments, wallpaper, or books with an oriental influence. My favourite muse is the Japanese dancer, Chisato Minamimura, who performed improvised dance and a number of sequences of sign language for the Deaf (Chisato is deaf) for my camera. I strive for a spiritual elegance and simplicity in my finished works, in contrast to the lengthy, complicated process of making. A poem or phrase or idea is given to the dancer as a starting point, from which the work evolves. Further layers add new constructs until the etching process translates the final image into a coherent whole, with rich textures and delicate colour combinations. The addition of birds, flowers and other elements allows the viewer a window into the subconscious inner world, a different reality to the visible.

My interest in the orient stems from a family collection of Chinese and Japanese ceramics and embroideries which I was familiar with as a child. I was recently invited to the Guanlan Print Base in southern China as an International Artist in Residence. My work is in a number of collections in China including the Guandong Museum of Art and Shenzhen University.



2018, Novosibirsk International Triennial of Graphic Art, Russia 

2018, Print Rebels, Bankside Gallery and Touring 

2018, Light/Matter: Art at the Intersection of Photography and Printmaking, University of Alberta, Edmonton 

2018, Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead 

2018, Impress III, The Gallery, Fisherton Mill, Salisbury 

2018, Embodying Gesture, The Muse Gallery, London 

2017, One Off, The Masters, Mono Print, Bankside Gallery 

2017, Open and Closed Spaces, Highgate Gallery 

2017, International Contemporary Print Show, Gallery Sugino, Tokyo 

2017, Light/Matter: Art at the Intersection of Photography and Printmaking, Grunwald Gallery, Indiana University, IN, USA 

2017, Moth Migration Project, 516 Arts, Albuquerque, New Mexico 

2017, Capturing Movement: Art and Contemporary Dance, University of Kent 

2017, Japan/UK Printmakers:Poetry of Place, The Koppel Project Gallery, London W1 

2017, Contemporary Art Exhibition with Hornshaw Gallery, A&D Gallery, Marylebone 

2017, Off the Wall, Bankside Gallery, London 

2017, London Print Studio Summer Exhibition 

2017, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 

2017, RE Original Prints 

2017, Shakespeare: A Celebration, William Roland Gallery of Fine Art, California Lutheran University, CA, USA 

2017, Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead 

2017, London Original Print Fair, Royal Academy, London 

2017, Open Studio, Park Studios, London 

2017, Lasting Impressions: A Selection of works from the Printmakers Council Archive 

2017, Incisioni Al Feminile, Atlelier Controsegno, Pozzuoli, Italy 

2017, Shape Open, Ecology Pavilion, Mile End, London 

2017, Pushing Boundaries, Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise, Ireland 

2016, Loosely Bound, HLSI, Highgate and Printroom Studio, Suffolk

2016, Pushing Boundaries, Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin, Ireland 

2016, The Masters, Bankside Gallery 

2016, National Original Print Exhibition, London 

2016, A Taste of Printroom, Printroom, Suffolk 

2016, LOOP, Bankside Gallery, 

2016, In Two Parts, Lombard Gallery, Margate 

2016, Off the Wall, Bankside Gallery 

2016, Celebrating Shakespeare, Bankside Gallery 

2016, Members Summer Exhibition, London Print Studio 

2016, Contemporary Prints by the RE, For Arts Sake, Ealing 

2016, RE Originals, Bankside Gallery 2016, London Original Print Fair, London 

2016, Shifting Subjects (film), Usher Gallery, Lincoln 

2016, Invited Artist, 8th International Print Biennial, Douro 

2016, 4th Art at Wharepuke Open Printmaking Show, Kerikeri, New Zealand 

2015, 7th Splitgraphic Biennial, Old Town Hall, Split 

2015, National Original Print Exhibition, Bankside Gallery

2015, Shifting Subjects, Abbey Walk Gallery 

2015, RE Exhibition, Burton Art Gallery & Museum

2015, RE Exhibition, St Barbes Museum 

2015, Off the Wall, Bankside Gallery 

2015, Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead 

2015, 50:50, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham 

2015, Good Figures, The Downland Jerwood Gridshell 

2015, London Original Print Fair, Royal Academy 

2015, Imprint, Wetpaint Gallery 

2015, Good Figures, Mall Galleries 

2015, Works on Paper, Barbican Library 

2014, 3rd Shanghai International Printmaking Exhibition, China Art Museum, Shanghai 

2014, Abbey Walk Gallery Winter Exhibition 

2014, ING Discerning Eye Exhibition 

2014, National Original Print Exhibition 

2014, CMYK, Pie Factory, Margate 

2014, Connections, Cupola Gallery, Sheffield 

2014, Off the Wall, Bankside Gallery 

2014, Parallel Prints, Jinling Art Museum, Nanjing, China 

2014, Parallel Prints, Galerie Apart, Le Bourg Marcilhac -sur- Cele, France 

2014, Saxons meeting Saxons, Dresden, Germany 

2014, Invited Artist 7th International Biennial, Douro 2014 

2014, Towry Art Evening 

2014, Affordable Art Fair Hampstead 

2014, Bainbridge Open Exhibition 

2014, RE Original Prints 

2014, London Original Print Fair, Royal Academy 

2014, Freshly Pressed, Clerkenwell 

2014, Mini Picture Show, Bankside Gallery 

2013, Ten, Bankside Gallery 2013, Highgate - A Reflection in Print 

2013, Multiplied, Christies 

2013, Global Print, Douro 

2013, Pushing Print, Margate

2013, Parallel Print Project, Art at Wharepuke, KeriKeri, New Zealand 

2013, Parallel Print Project, Galerie Apart, Le Bourg , Marcilhac -sur- Cele, France 

2013, Parallel Print Project, Portfolio Presentation, Impact, Dundee 

2013, Print Fusion, Gallery Ten, Edinburgh 

2013, Summer Exhibition, Bankside Gallery 

2013, Summer Exhibition, London Print Studio 

2013, Parallel Print Project, Ian Rastrick Fine Art 

2013, Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead

2013, Guanlan Biennial Additional Exhibition 

2013, London Original Print Fair 

2013, Photographics, Great Western Studios 

2013, Fresh Intelligence, No 11, Bristol 
2013, lps Featured, London

Original works:

Interlude II

By Margaret Ashman


Interlude I

By Margaret Ashman


A Time to Dance II

By Margaret Ashman


A Time to Dance I

By Margaret Ashman


A Time to Dance III

By Margaret Ashman


In the Beginning III

By Margaret Ashman


In the Beginning IV

By Margaret Ashman


Pavane 1

By Margaret Ashman


Pavane 2

By Margaret Ashman


Pavane 3

By Margaret Ashman


Etude I

By Margaret Ashman


Etude II

By Margaret Ashman



By Margaret Ashman




By Margaret Ashman


Summer Breeze

By Margaret Ashman


Keep Dancing

By Margaret Ashman


Sold Artworks:


By Margaret Ashman


Sweet Song

By Margaret Ashman


Distant Song

By Margaret Ashman


Flight of Fancy

By Margaret Ashman


Interlude III

By Margaret Ashman


Lifted I

By Margaret Ashman


Lifted III

By Margaret Ashman


In the Beginning II

By Margaret Ashman


In the Beginning I

By Margaret Ashman