Ashleigh Sumner, ‘The Greatest’, 2017, Artspace Warehouse
Ashleigh Sumner, ‘The Greatest’, 2017, Artspace Warehouse
Ashleigh Sumner, ‘The Greatest’, 2017, Artspace Warehouse
Ashleigh Sumner, ‘The Greatest’, 2017, Artspace Warehouse
Ashleigh Sumner, ‘The Greatest’, 2017, Artspace Warehouse
Ashleigh Sumner, ‘The Greatest’, 2017, Artspace Warehouse
Ashleigh Sumner, ‘The Greatest’, 2017, Artspace Warehouse
Ashleigh Sumner, ‘The Greatest’, 2017, Artspace Warehouse

Ashleigh Sumner’s striking mixed-media artworks are created by layering spray paint, photographs, acrylic paint and resin on wood panels. The combination of these elements is intended to evoke a powerful sense of unrestrained vitality to the viewer.

Ashleigh Sumner’s artwork is heavily inspired by the modern day street art movement as well as American pop culture. Her mixed-media process incorporates iconic images along with photographs captured on her cell phone. These photos are printed and applied repeatedly to wooden surfaces, creating multiple stacked and torn layers of distressed paper imagery. Sumner’s natural love of text is often implemented throughout the work by incorporating pages from books of poetry, verse, lyrics and theatrical plays in a way that often makes a political or social statement involving class, gender, poverty and equality.

The surface and sides of this 44 inch by 44 inch square original artwork are covered with a smooth layer of clear, glass-like resin, which enhances the colors and adds depth. It is signed on the back by the artist. The reflective sheen and polished look of the resin enhance the unique contrast to the distressed layers underneath, adding a fascinating window into the work. This painting does not require framing. It is wired and ready to hang. Free local Los Angeles area delivery. $250 shipping within Continental US. Affordable worldwide shipping options available. A certificate of authenticity and hanging hardware are included.

Ashleigh Sumner is a self-taught artist living and working out of the Arts District in downtown Los Angeles. Born in 1979, Sumner received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Western Carolina University before moving West to Los Angeles.

Her contemporary artworks tackle current and historic events, locations and celebrities, conveying messages through paint that have collectors craving to own one of her works. The heavy use of spray paint or “graffiti ramblings” is repeated over and over again, illegibly, often as a single song lyric, poem or historic quote. House paint is applied, scrapped and splattered throughout the work then partially sanded away with an industrial hand sander. Lastly, several heavy layers of resin are added to each to create a smooth, modern finish to the distressed, gritty artwork underneath. The resin provides a window into the work, adding to the urban experience and infuses the artwork with an invitation to discover the many layers of our world.

In 2014, Sumner was named by a juried panel the winner of the Red Bull Curates Competition for Los Angeles. As a result, Sumner’s work was highlighted in a special exhibition with SCOPE, Miami at that year’s Art Basel Miami Beach. In addition, Sumner proudly curated “Street Preachers: An Exhibition of Female Street Artists in Los Angeles” at the Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock in 2012. “Street Preachers” was awarded grants from both the Pasadena Art Alliance and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

Solo Exhibitions
2015 Zener Schon Contemporary Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2014 I820 Industrial Street Gallery Los Angeles, CA
2012 Artamo Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
2010 The Advocate and Gochis Gallery, Hollywood, CA
2010 DEZART Gallery, Palm Springs, CA
2010 A.Muse Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2009 Downtown Collective Arts Community, Fresno, CA

Group Exhibitions, Art Fairs, & Television
2016 Art Hamptons, NY
2016 Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong
2016 Affordable Art Fair New York, NY
2016 LA Art Show, Los Angeles, CA
2015 Artspace Warehouse, Los Angeles, CA
2015 Affordable Art Fair New York, NY
2015 Zener Schon Contemporary Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2014 SCOPE Miami, Miami, FL
2013 Victor Saavedra Gallery, Barcelona, Spain
2013 Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA
2013 Affordable Art Fair New York, NY
2012 Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock Los Angeles, CA
2012 a.Muse Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2012 Galleria Victor Saavedra, Barcelona, Spain
2012 Affordable Art Fair Los Angeles, CA
2011 TV show: “How Do I Look”, Style Network
2009 Create Fixate Infinity Exhibit, Los Angeles, CA
2009 Exhibition with sculpture David Greico, Los Angeles, CA

Ongoing Public Installation
Nokia Live Theater VIP Room, Los Angeles, CA

Press
2014 EDGE Media New York, NY, “Ashleigh Sumner Rocks Artspace Warehouse”
2012 Studio City Life Style Magazine, “Ashleigh Sumner”
2010 American Contemporary Art Magazine, “In Her Own Words”
2010 UppRor Magazine, London, “Sumner Time”
2010 Bound Magazine, “Catching Ashleigh”

Signature: This artwork is signed by the artist on the back.

About Ashleigh Sumner

Ashleigh Sumner’s brightly colored collaged paintings combine found objects and images from the Los Angeles streets with her love of literature. Photographic images, printed and painted text, and large washes of color come together in each work to create chaotic compositions that hint at politically charged narratives. In Vandalized Love Affair (2013), illegible graffiti hovers above a photograph of a female statue with a painted red bar across her eyes. In the background, amidst yellow drips, the Berlin coat of arms and Communist hammer and sickle peak through fragmented layers of text.

American, b. 1979, Charlotte, North Carolina, based in Los Angeles, California

Group Shows

2015