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The Art Portfolio of Ashley Longshore


A painting of Audrey Hepburn with a Ringpop on her headAudrey With Ring Pop, acrylic and mixed media on canvas, heavy resin

Ashley Longshore is a painter and mixed media artist inspired by contemporary pop culture. The artist’s works take a playful, sometimes vulgar, often feminine-oriented approach to the concerns of young people navigating today’s culture.


A painting of three champagne bottles on a floral backgroundBottle Fed with Lavender Floral Background, acrylic and mixed media on canvas, heavy resin

I like the way that Longshore’s approaches her subject matter in a frank, humorous way. Her paintings -- detailed and elegantly rendered in slightly gestural but saturated brush marks -- often combine imagery of flowers, jewels, and familiar faces with text elements spelling out very unfiltered slogans and phrases. Many of these works seem to address a sense of opulence seen through a satirical filter -- a classic image of Audrey Hepburn includes the addition of a Ring Pop headdress; a painting of three bottles of expensive champagne includes the words “Bottle Fed” in cursive font.

 

Longshore’s use of colour and pop-culture figures reminds me a bit of work by Amber Petersen. Longshore also works in sculpture, producing, among other items, cakes with humorously crass slogans on them -- a far cry form Scott Hove’s terrifying pasrty sculptures, but equally fun.


A sculpture made to look like a decorated storebought cakeI'm Sorry I Threw Up In Your Birkin, cake sulpture


About the author

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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