'Found link' / James Ashley
It’s hard to associate the use of gritty, slapdash techniques to a well informed and self-conscious practice. James Ashley’s work is the distinct link between these two unlikely components. In a blend of digital media, collage and oil painting, every element within his work finds a succinct compositional purpose. Because of their seemingly rudimentary style, these elements appear to be placed randomly. In effect creating an overall juvenile charm. James has drawn influence from the likes of R.B Kitaj, Gareth Sampson some of Mike Parr’s work. Below is a small selection of James Ashley’s work.