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Iridescent Photographs and Digital Paintings by Richard Ashby

A photograph of a white orchidUntitled, photograph

Richard Ashby’s artistic practice is informed by time spent studying music, marine biology and laboratory science. The artist’s iridescent photographs and digital paintings range from pure abstraction to scientific documentation.


A macro photograph of the flower of an orchidMiltonia (3), photograph

Richard’s photographs of orchids fit interestingly into his overall practice. The artist does a lot of psychedelic digital painting and photographic abstraction, and in context his orchid photos highlight the alien appearance of these flowers. With each one focusing on a single bloom, placed in the center of the frame, the viewer is able to give their undivided attention to observing the unique colors and contours of each petal.


A screen capture of Richard Ashby's online photography portfolioRichard's gallery of photo abstractions


In his more experimental work, Richard utilizes rainbow color schemes and optical patterns, creating digitally manipulated images that are almost hypnotic. I quite enjoy Richard’s series of fractals that at once reference the unique patterns found in nature, and the artist’s background in scientific study. These repeating patterns, though hugely bright in color, have a meditative side to them, as well. 

A fractal in orange and pink tonesUntitled, digital

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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