“Beach 16/1” by Ashley Andrews
Andrews began painting while she was at home with her two young children. Being confined to the house was an adjustment for Andrews and painting was a tool to express her creativity, previously quelled by journalism. She remarks, “painting for me is the freedom of trying to discover the formal qualities and composition of personal mark making, color, line and perspective. My large abstract paintings are impulsive as my art is a reaction to my everyday experiences and the animated world around me.” Living in NYC has inspired Andrews greatly; with it’s opaque sky, dark buildings and gritty streets, Andrews has mastered the incorporation of these scenes and color palettes into her work. NYC also offers endless exposure to museums. Andrews, takes advantage of this exposure, revisiting works by the great abstract impressionist artists, de Kooning, Miro, Twombly, Picasso, Rauschenberg, and Basquiet, all of whom have greatly inspired her work. Andrews likes to work big and fast. She is constantly reworking and building up a history in her paintings. Her artistic process incorporates drawing and doodling on the canvas to create a complex surface. The history that is achieved through this process is literal and metaphorical as this process is often informed by her past memories, experiences and travels.
69 x 75 inches
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