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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

Margaret makes works based on her own photographs of dancers and from other sources. Lately she has made work from video footage. Recent work is strong with physicality and a visceral sense of movement.  She continues to use a muted palette.

Some works are deliberately low resolution, and a painterly style is achieved by blending several colours of ink on the etching plates when inking up. This style adds to the sense of movement and flow within each piece.

The dancers depicted are performing to worship songs; their gestures are full of emotion and passion.  Margaret often chooses Japanese titles for her works, for the richness of meaning and the sound that the words make.  For example Ogamu means pray, adore, venerate; Nayami means agony or anguish. Naku means cry or sing.

I strive for a spiritual elegance and simplicity in my finished works, in contrast to the lengthy, complicated process of making.  Sometimes 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. 



Solo Exhibitions

2020, New Works, Yukiko Nagai, Shibuya-Ku, Tokyo
2019, Higher Ground, Muse Gallery, London

Group Exhibitions

2020, London Original Print Fair, Royal Society of Painter Printmakers, Online
2020, RE Original Prints, Bankside Gallery, Online
2020, 4th Red Dot Art Mini Print Exhibition, Anteros Arts Foundation, Norwich
2020, Printmakers Council, Scarborough Art Gallery, Scarborough
2019, The Poetics of Otherness, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York
2019, Print Fest, Algarden, Sweden
2019, Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London
2019, Flow, Gallery 57, Arundel
2019, A Silent Space Between, Gallery 57, Arundel
2018, ING Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London
2018, National Original Print Exhibition, Bankside Gallery, London
2018, International Triennial of Contemporary Graphic Arts, State Art Museum, Novosibirsk
2018, Memory, Royal Overseas League, London
2018, Light/Matter: Art at the Intersection of Photography and Printmaking, 1954 - 2017, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
2018, Impress III, Fisherton Mill, Salisbury

Competitions, Prizes & Awards

2019, Lawrence's Art Award
2017, Hot Bed Press Purchase Prize
2017, London Print Studio First Prize Summer Show
2015, Arts Council Award
2012, Intaglio Printmaker Award
2011, International Print Prize, 3rd Guanlan International Print Biennial
2010, Art of Giving National Art Competition Finalist
2004, Julian Trevelyan Memorial Award

Original works:

Nayami

By Margaret Ashman

£390

Summer Evening

By Margaret Ashman

£290

£390

Keep Dancing

By Margaret Ashman

£290

Summer Breeze

By Margaret Ashman

£290

Ogamu

By Margaret Ashman

£390

Naku

By Margaret Ashman

£390

Etude II

By Margaret Ashman

£230

Etude I

By Margaret Ashman

£230

Pavane 2

By Margaret Ashman

£290

Interlude II

By Margaret Ashman

£230

Interlude I

By Margaret Ashman

£230

A Time to Dance III

By Margaret Ashman

£230

A Time to Dance II

By Margaret Ashman

£230

A Time to Dance I

By Margaret Ashman

£230

Sold Artworks:

Mautoki

By Margaret Ashman

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Sweet Song

By Margaret Ashman

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Distant Song

By Margaret Ashman

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Flight of Fancy

By Margaret Ashman

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Interlude III

By Margaret Ashman

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Lifted I

By Margaret Ashman

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Lifted III

By Margaret Ashman

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In the Beginning II

By Margaret Ashman

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In the Beginning I

By Margaret Ashman

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