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Shapes Upon Shapes: Art by Ashleigh Bartlett

An abstract with layered forms and deep blue colorsNight Moves, acrylic on canvas

Ashleigh Bartlett is a mixed media artist and painter who builds up shapes upon shapes to create colorful, layered compositions. Ashleigh’s paintings all seem to have distinct, almost anthropomorphic personalities.


A watercolor painting with layered abstract shapesHeart Shaped Sunnies, watercolor on paper

Where many of Ashleigh’s older works rely on smooth, layered forms that are completely opaque, more recently the artist has been working with slightly translucent washes of acrylic, creating images that are equally layered, but that allow the viewer to see through the layers into the process of the painting. Ashleigh’s series Night Moves features translucently layered paintings in deep blue and green hues, accented with warmer colors. The paintings in this series look like views into a deep forest at night.


A screen capture of Ashleigh Bartlett's art websiteThe front page of Ashleigh's website

Ashleigh’s watercolor paintings have a similarly layered effect, though in these works the artist embraces the drippy, runny behavior of the medium and lets it spread across wet pieces of paper, creating spots of color that grow outward and overlap like crystals. 


A painting with abstract plant-like formsI Wanna Go Where The Light Is, acrylic on canvas

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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