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Carly Ashdown

Carly left a flourishing career in television, in organisations like the BBC and Channel 4, to pursue her instinct to draw and paint, in a return to some of her earliest memories in life of picking up a pencil and drawing pictures of people. Carly's style of painting is defined by an illusory quality of movement, dynamism, vibrancy, and an expression of the celebration of the life. Taking inspiration from artists like Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko, her work explores the fragility of life, and celebrates the beauty of the human form, emotions, and movement. Carly explains, “I write mainly about the challenges and joys of being human, and the sense of possibility, strength and belonging. I wait for the right moment, and then I write whatever comes to me. It’s incredibly fast and very alive – like pure energy as the sentences hit the canvas.”

Carly describes her approach as “a conversation between myself and the emerging painting." Her process involves creating a basic outline before building colours and responding to the way the paint lands on the canvas. She explains, “the layering of words concealed in many of my artworks hide a secret message to be uncovered by the viewer."

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