Five 21st-Century Pop Artists Take On Contemporary Culture at Artspace Warehouse
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Ashleigh Sumner is a self-taught artist living in Los Angeles. Originally from North Carolina, Sumner received her B.A. in Theatre Arts from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee before moving West to pursue an acting career in stage, film, and television.
Influenced and inspired by the social, physical, and artistic environments of California, Sumner expanded her creative pursuits beyond the stage to the canvas. While Sumner is still professionally involved in the collaborative process of performance, she finds tranquility in the solitary process of painting.
Through bold, abstract expression, she attempts to incorporate the implied visual of densely populated, urban landscape with the raw, gritty texture of industrial areas. The combination of these elements is intended to evoke a powerful sense of unrestrained vitality to the viewer.
From a very young age, Sumner has been an active painter, but did not start selling her work professionally until early 2009. Sumner has since had success selling her work to private collectors internationally as well as displaying her artwork in exhibitions across the USA and Europe.
This artwork is wired and ready to hang. It does not require framing. A certificate of authenticity and hanging hardware are included.
2013 Victor Saavedra Gallery, Barcelona, Spain
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 / TV
2014 Scope Miami, FL
2014 Artspace Warehouse, Los Angeles, CA
2013 Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA
2013 Affordable Art Fair New York, NY
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
Signature: This artwork is signed by the artist on the back.
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