Vandalized Love Affair

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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.

Much of Sumner’s work is heavily inspired by industrial areas, inner-city communities, and the modern day street art movement. Sumner’s mixed media process often involves iconic images along with photographs captured on her cell phone. These photos are printed and applied repeatedly to wooden surfaces, creating multiply stacked and torn layers of distress 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 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.

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.

This artwork is wired and ready to hang. The sides are finished by the artist, and it does not require framing. A certificate of authenticity and hanging hardware are included.

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
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: Signed on 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 on Artsy

2015
Street Smart, Artspace Warehouse, Los Angeles
2014
POP MOMENTUM, Artspace Warehouse, Los Angeles