|The artist Tony Ashton was born in 1948 and spent 5 years at Bath, Lincoln and Bristol art colleges between 1966 and 1971. He has exhibited throughout Britain and abroad and has work in collections in Europe, Japan, Australia and the USA. He has given talks about his work in schools and colleges as well as on the radio and television.
Tony is a contemporary artist who is based near Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, England. He lives in the heart of the countryside where he feels he can concentrate on his artistic development.
Tony has dedicated his life to art for the past 40 years. His love of the work of other artists is shown very clearly in his paintings called "Little Bits of Art History". Tony has diverse taste: from Picasso to Pollock, Rembrandt to Rauschenburg, Caravaggio to Keifer and da Vinci to Duchamp. His Post Modern take on art, using the Golden Section is unique.
Some of my paintings are highly textured and have imbedded objects, many are abstract, but for some I use photo realist techniques.
I juxtapose geometric areas of different painting techniques and explore aspects of Post Modernism in the way my work often refers to Art History. I've always been interested in Symbolism in art. In some of my paintings esoteric meaning is hidden in the layers of paint and texture. (See The Planets Suite).
I have always adopted a style that is most appropriate to what I want to express. I alternate between totally abstract and photo realist painting. I have also been mixing the styles together since the 60's.
I have experimented with ceramics, performance, sculpture and multimedia installations, but my love of painting has always remained constant.
My work is about paradox. It combines the organic and the geometric; the emotional and the cerebral, and the sensual and the spiritual.