Approved: 22.01.2007

Phil Ashcroft

Artist

Archived
Approved: 22.01.2007

“Cynical, dissatisfied, border-line disruptive, the work broods with a simmering revolutionary disquiet.” – Paul Hobson, Director, Modern Art Oxford

“Phil Ashcroft – a 21st century John Martin if John Martin was painting Mega-City One after the neutron bomb had been dropped” – Simon Hollington, Artist and Associate Lecturer in Contextual Studies at Central St Martins, London.


A derelict hospital,

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  • Location: London
  • Activities: Public art, Private commissions, Digital Design
  • Categories: Digital, Drawing, Graphics, Illustration, Painting
  • Tags: painting
 
 

Biography

“Cynical, dissatisfied, border-line disruptive, the work broods with a simmering revolutionary disquiet.” – Paul Hobson, Director, Modern Art Oxford “Phil Ashcroft – a 21st century John Martin if John Martin was painting Mega-City One after the neutron bomb had been dropped” – Simon Hollington, Artist and Associate Lecturer in Contextual Studies at Central St Martins, London. A derelict hospital, oil depots, nuclear power stations, the abominable snowman; collectively these semi-surreal settings and cartoon-like motifs appear as mysterious manifestations, phenomena both real and imagined. Combining influences from abstract expressionism, British landscape painting, Japanese woodcuts, and graphic street art, Ashcroft integrates varied visual styles to generate a crossover between space, object and environment. Ashcroft lives and works in London.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training

1992-1994 - Post-Graduate Diploma, Illustration, St Martins College of Art & Design, London

1989-1992 - Degree (BA) Hons, Illustration, Harrow College of Art & Design, Harrow

1988-1989 - Foundation, West Surrey College of Art and Design, Farnham, Surrey

Solo exhibitions

2013 - Galácticos, Gamma Transport Division, Edinburgh

2006 - Toxicity, Margaret Harvey Gallery, UH Galleries, St Albans

2005 - Yeti in Hong Kong, EXIT/doublepark, Hong Kong

2002 - Phil Ashcroft, Arc, Manchester

2001 - Nitro Deluxe, Deptford X, London 

1998 - Duel, Bedford Hill Gallery, London

Group exhibitions

2014

John Moores Painting Prize 2014, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
REWIRE, Gamma Transport Division, Edinburgh

2012

We Love You, Less is More Projects, Paris
Futurism 2.0, Blackall Studios, London
Pick Me Up 3 (with Nelly Duff), Somerset House, London

2011

Please, Do Not Disturb, Less is More Projects, Paris

Intervention Intervention, Fishmarket Gallery, Northampton

Print and Design Now, SW1 Gallery (curated by Bearspace), London

2010

Innocent Closet, SunBear Gallery, Edinburgh 2010 - 'No Soul for Sale', Tate Modern, London

Print Now, Bearspace, London

Sleight of Hand, Recoat Gallery, Glasgow

1984, Kowalsky Gallery, DACS, London

3-2-1 Solstice, Schoeni Gallery, Hong Kong

2009

Deptford X, commissioned 48-sheet billboard, London

Perfect Present, 242 Space, London 

The Free Art Fair, The Barbican, London 

Heart of Glass (curated by Flora Fairbairn and Paul Hitchman), Shoreditch Town Hall, London

2008

Scope Basel, monikabobinska, Basel

Special Relationship, Scion, Los Angeles

The Art Car Boot Fair, The Old Truman Brewery, London

The Golden Record, The Collective Gallery, Edinburgh

Wonder Island, Schwartz Gallery, London

2007

ARTfutures, Bloomberg SPACE, London EC2

Celeste Art Prize, T2, London & touring; Lyon & Turnbull, Edinburgh, London

Open Studio, Kingsland Road, London

Out of the Box and in the Garman Ryan Collection, New Art Gallery, Walsall

2006

Elephant Technique, The Village Underground, London EC2

Scrawl Collective in Taipei, Summit / Pixie, Taipei

2005

ARTfutures, Bloomberg SPACE, London

2004

All The People We Like Are Dead, 17 Kingsland Road, London EC2