Ashley Hanson was awarded The Slade School of Art Boise Travel Scholarship to North America, where he made a series of train journeys around the states before painting for two months in a barn in upstate New York, at the home of the sculptor Jon Isherwood.
Hanson has continued making work about his experiences in the US, with the series Americascapes and The Englands, which enabled him to interlink paintings inspired by the coastal landscapes of Cornwall and New England.
Various events in Hanson's career have inspired, influenced and invigorated his interest in colour: An early admiration for the work of Peter Lanyon, especially Porthleven 1951; A lecture from Terry Frost whilst at Canterbury College of Art; The influence of Thomas Watt being Principal of Canterbury; A visit to the 1992 Matisse exhibition in New York and later his time spent at the Triangle Artists Workshop hosted by Sir Anthony Caro.
Born Blackpool England
1979-80 Blackpool and The Fylde College Foundation Course
1977-1978 Dept. of Architecture, Manchester University
1980-83 Canterbury College of Art BA FineArt.1st.
2007-11 Visiting lecturer at Canterbury Christchurch University
2008 Resident Artist Bodmin College Cornwall
2009-10 Visiting Lecturer at Bergen National Academy of the Arts Norway
2009 Artist Talk and Workshop Canford School, Dorset
1997 Boise Travel Scholarship to North America, Slade School of Art
1991 Hunting Art Prize 2nd Prize
2012 Canvas & Cream Joint Prizewinner
Lord Gowrie The Street
Private collections in UK, Europe and America
2014 Solo Exhibition Modern Artists Gallery UK
2013 Solo Exhibition Modern Artists Gallery UK
2012 Colour & Coast Hotel Penzance Cornwall
2011 Transatlantic Hotel Penzance Cornwall
2010 Transatlantic University of Kent Canterbury
2008 The Englands Modern Artists Gallery UK
2007 States of Colour Shire Hall Gallery Cornwall
2003 Americascapes Quay Arts Isle of Wight
2012 Canvas & Cream Art Prize London
2012 Great Atlantic Gallery Falmouth
2012 Modern Artist Gallery UK
2012 Redearth Gallery Devon
2012 Canvas & Cream Art Prize Exhibition London
2011 Great Atlantic Gallery Falmouth and St Just
2011 The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition London
The making of: City of Glass 34 Watch that man 120x100cm (sold)
I have redrawn the left-side of face again & also added a very subtle line of the chin. There is a definite twist to the face now, less flat. I am enjoying the composition - how the West Side follows the angle of the face and how the bulge of Chelsea is echoed by the left ear. Two more City of Glass paintings on the go now, one I started a while ago, the other with the working title 'Village Green'.
A few subtle changes to the Bowie outline- it now seems more varied, more interesting and truer to the image. I also added a couple of small piers on the West Side to disrupt the verticals. Listening to Young Americans. The intersection of 5th Ave and 14th St is very powerful, an unintended piece of symbolism. This painting is right on the edge.
A tribute to David Bowie, a hero...the iconic outline of Aladdin Sane becomes the framing rivers of Manhattan. The outline is not quite right, it's a little crude,a little obvious. I may re-draw tomorrow.Or not.
Choosing the title for the piece was very difficult but critical- some were obvious, others more subtle: 'Hero', 'Starman', '285 Lafayette St', '(1913-1938-197?)', 'Millions weep a fountain..'.
I've gone for 'Watch that man...' with it's dual reference: we were all watching Bowie, wondering what he would do next.
The novel 'City of Glass' is all about watching that man...
'Watch That Man' is, of course, the opening track of Aladdin Sane..
Emotion, image, place, ambiguity - no-one was more ambiguous than David Bowie. 'Ambiguous' comes a close second as a title...