Phil Ashcroft is a painter and graphic artist based at Thames-Side Studios, London. Finalist John Moores Painting Prize 2014. Works held in public and private collections worldwide, commissions include projects for Aedas Architects, Amnesty International (UK), British Film Institute, Levis, muf architecture, Nike Town, Phantom International, Royal Mail, Sony PSP, Swire (Hong Kong) and Yahoo (UK).

Solo exhibitions include Fallout, CANAL, London (2016); Cave Paintings, Lewisham Arthouse, London (2015); Galácticos, Gamma Transport Division, Edinburgh (2013); Toxicity, Margaret Harvey Gallery, UH Galleries, St Albans (2006); Yeti In Hong Kong, EXIT, Hong Kong (2005); Nitro Deluxe, Deptford X, London (2001). Ashcroft was a finalist in the John Moores Painting Prize 2014, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool (2014), a finalist in the Celeste Art Prize 2007 and selected for Contemporary Art Society’s ARTfutures 2007 and 2005, Bloomberg SPACE, London.

Ashcroft also exhibits as ‘PhlAsh’ collaborating on live-painting projects in galleries and alternative spaces from street locations to shops. These have included No Soul for Sale, Tate Modern, London (2010); Cans 2 Festival, London (2008); Special Relationship, Scion Space, Los Angeles (2008), Elephant Technique, Village Underground (2006), All The People We Like Are Dead, London (2004), and Graffiti Meets Windows 1, Hank-Yu Department Store, Osaka (2002).

Phil Ashcroft’s monograph Solar System Parameters containing work from 2005-2013 and an essay by Paul Hobson, director Modern Art Oxford, was published by Gamma Proforma in 2013.

Born Farnham, Surrey. Lives and works in London.

1992-94 Post-Grad Diploma Illustration, St. Martins College of Art & Design, London (The London Institute)
1989-92 BA (Hons) Illustration, Harrow College of Art & Design, Harrow
1988-89 Foundation, West Surrey College of Art & Design, Farnham

Solo Exhibitions
2017 Milestones, Gamma/Sector25, London
2016 Fallout, CANAL, London
2015 Cave Paintings, Lewisham Arthouse, London
2013 Galácticos, Gamma Transport Division, Edinburgh
2006 Toxicity, Margaret Harvey Gallery, UH Galleries, St Albans
2005 Yeti in Hong Kong, EXIT/double-park, Hong Kong
2004 Phil Ashcroft, Liberty, London
2003 Toxic Landscapes, I Love…Art Gallery, Brussels
2002 Phil Ashcroft, Exposure, London
2002 Phil Ashcroft, Arc-Arts, Manchester
2001 Nitro Deluxe, Deptford X, London
1998 Duel, Bedford Hill Gallery, London
1997 Space is the Place / Future Worlds, Metro Cinema, London, W1 / Intoxica!, London W11

Curated Exhibitions
London Graphics curated by Phil Ashcroft (with Richard WoodsSinta TantraSwifty, Rob Swain, SupermundaneSaffron FrameworksDan MatherCedar Lewisohn, Paul Hetherington, modern activityCHK DesignGerry BuxtonWill BarrasBarnbrook), Thames-Side Studios Gallery, London (November 2018)

Group and Two-Person Exhibitions
Live Painting in Taikoo Park, Hong Kong, part of Hong Kong Arts Month, Art Basel Hong Kong (March 2018)

Winter Show, BEARSPACE, London
Painter Maker (with SIBLEYSPARLING), Henry Saywell, London
Distilled (with sheOne, O.Two, Will Barras), Thames-Side Studios Gallery, London

The Ghost of Harry Mafuji, CANAL, London

John Moores Painting Prize 2014, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
Zinger! Humdinger, CANAL, London
REWIRE, Gamma Transport Division, Edinburgh

We Love You, Less is More Projects, Paris
Futurism 2.0, Blackall Studios, London
Pick Me Up 3 (with Nelly Duff), Somerset House, London

Please, Do Not Disturb, Less is More Projects, Paris
Intervention Intervention (curated by Catherine Hemelryk), Fishmarket Gallery, Northampton
Print & Design Now, BEARSPACE, London
Art in the Workplace, Devonshires (curated by Wallspace), London
Pick Me Up 2 (with Concrete Hermit), Somerset House, London

Innocent Closet, SunBear Gallery, Edinburgh
No Soul for Sale, Tate Modern, London
Sleight of Hand, Recoat Gallery, Glasgow
The Collection of the Late Mister X, Less is More Projects, Chic Dessin, Paris
Print Now, BEARSPACE, London

3-2-1 Solstice, Schoeni Art Gallery, Hong Kong
Perfect Present, Monika Bobinska, 242 Cambridge Heath Road, London
The Free Art Fair (curated by Jasper Joffe), The Barbican, London
1984, Kowalsky Gallery, DACS, London
We Stride Worldwide, Concrete Hermit, London
Deptford X presents Flux, commissioned 48-sheet billboard, London
Artist of the Month Display: Phil Ashcroft, January, New Art Gallery Walsall
The Golden Record (curated by Mel Brimfield), touring exhibition, The Collection Lincoln, Lincoln and G39, Cardiff

Wonder Island (curated by Emi Avora and Patrick Michalopoulos ), Schwartz Gallery, London
Heart of Glass (curated by Flora Fairbairn and Paul Hitchman), Shoreditch Town Hall, London
Without You It’s Nothing (curated by Laura Eldret and PaulMart), Deptford X, London
Cans 2 Festival, Leake Street, Edinburgh
The Golden Record (curated by Mel Brimfield), The Collective Gallery, Edinburgh
The Art Car Boot Fair, London
Scope Basel, Monika Bobinska, Basel
Special Relationship, Scion Space, Culver City, Los Angeles (cat.)

Open Studio, 17 Kingsland Road, London
Out of the Box and in the Garman Ryan Collection, New Art Gallery, Walsall (until October 2008)
Celeste Art Prize 2007, T2, London & touring; Lyon & Turnbull, Edinburgh (cat.)
Contemporary Art Society’s ARTfutures 2007, Bloomberg SPACE, London
Winter Exhibition 2007, Contemporary Art Projects, London

Elephant Technique, Village Underground, London
My Life in Art (curated by Justin Hammond), My Life in Art, London
Scrawl Collective in Taipei, Pixie, Summit, Taipei

Contemporary Art Society’s ARTfutures 2005, Bloomberg SPACE, London
PSP Presents Cut-Out (Sony/Peter Saville), Oki-Ni, London

All The People We Like Are Dead, 17 Kingsland Road, London
fleamarket (curated by Anthony Gross), temporarycontemporary, London
Stick Em Up 2, Revolver, Melbourne
Contemporary Art Society’s ARTfutures 2004, City of London School, London

Design-A-Qee Expo, Playlounge, London & touring; Minneapolis, Hong Kong, Tokyo
Scrawl Collective, Lab101, Santa Monica
Stick Em Up, Objex Art Space, Miami

Stick Em Up, Magma, London
Graffiti Meets Windows 1, live painting at Hank-Yu, Osaka

2014 Finalist John Moores Painting Prize
2007 Finalist Celeste Art Prize
1998 Daler Rowney and Liquitex Awards
1991 Royal Society of Art Travel Award to Hong Kong

2013 Phil Ashcroft: Solar System Parameters, Gamma Proforma
2011 Cristian Campos, 1000 Ideas for Graffiti and Street Art, Rockport
2008 Ric Blackshaw, Liz Farrelly, Street Art: Making and Selling It, Rotovision
2007 Gavin Lucas, Badge Button Pin, Laurence King Publishing
2006 Michael Dorrian, Liz Farrelly, Business Cards 2, Laurence King Publishing
Helen Walters, 300% Cotton, Laurence King Publishing
Simon Hollington, Toxicity: Phil Ashcroft, exh. cat., Margaret Harvey Gallery, UH Galleries, St Albans
2004 Michael Dorrian, Liz Farrelly, The Art of Saying Hello, Laurence King Publishing
2002 Michael Dorrian, David Recchia, Stick Em Up, Booth-Clibborn Editions
2001 Ric Blackshaw, Liz Farrelly, Mike Dorrian, Dave Recchia, Scrawl Too: More Dirt, Booth-Clibborn Editions

Articles & Reviews
2011 Retitle.com – Artist Focus Painting
2010 Five Ways to Change the World, Liz Farrelly, Varoom! Issue 13, Autumn
Pick Up The Cream of British Art, Shortlist, 14 January
2009 Anna Richardson, Fantastic Play, Design Week, 17 December
2008 Scion x Scrawl, Juxtapoz (US), issue 89
Special Relationship, Show & Tell, MODART, issue 16
2007 Ric Blackshaw, Phil Ashcroft, Computer Arts Projects, issue 101, September
Arata Sasaki, Interview with Phil Ashcroft, HITSPAPER.com, Japan, 7 February
Marc Valli, PhlAsh Interview, Magmabooks.com, 17 January
Five Questions For…, Metro (Manchester ed.), 15 January
2006 Scrawl of the Wild, Times on Saturday, 16 December
Crossfields, issue 2: Home, annual
Christmas Gift Guide, Metro (London ed.), 23 November
Gallery, Creative Review, September
Yolanda Zappaterra, Stretch The Canvas, Design Week, 3 August
Julie McCord, Inspired by the Buncefield Blast, Hemel Gazette, 21 June
2005 Faesthetic 5, Ohio, USA
Yeti in Hong Kong, Cool – Special 100th Edition, Taiwan, December
Yeti in Hong Kong, Apple Daily, Hong Kong, 28 November
Yeti in Hong Kong, newspaper cutting, Hong Kong, 24 November
Yeti in Hong Kong, Monday – Bee, Hong Kong, issue 64, 25 November
Helvetica + PhlAsh Exhibition, Friday, Hong Kong, issue 51, November
Alexandra Carroll, Meet the Maker, HK, Hong Kong, November
Yeti in Hong Kong, Touch, Hong Kong, issue 47, 22 November
Insight, Advanced Photoshop, issue 2, November/December
String Em Up – Sony Dishes Out Free Art, Arena, August
PSP Presents Cut-Out, Creative Review, July
Liz Farrelly, Fender Bender, Design Week, 14 July
2004 Daily Planet, Discovery Channel Canada, TV
Miser and Now, CMYK City, issue 6, quarterly
Will Bennett, Object Of The Week, Daily Telegraph, 29 March
2003 100 Greatest Gifts, Art & Culture, Independent on Sunday, 28 November
Hip-Hop Week, MTV
Graphic 01, Spring, quarterly
Liz Farrelly, Drawing Conclusions, Design Week, cover and article, 7 August
Lakshmi Bhaskaran, Profile, Graphics International, February
2002 Rob Haynes, Art That Is Out Of This World, 4/5 stars, Metro (Manchester ed.), 12 March
Japan Broadcasting Corporation, TV news feature, July
Graffiti Meets Windows, Plus+81, Japan, Autumn, Volumn 17
1998 Helen Sumpter, Galleries Choice, Evening Standard, 8 August
1997 Alex Rayner, Edge of Abstraction, i-D Magazine, Dec 97-Jan 98
Visit Space, The Independent – Eye, 11 November

Selected Projects
2007 The Battle Of Algiers (1966), film poster, Maiden Voyage
2005 Godzilla (1954) theatrical release film poster, limited edition print and DVD for British Film Institute
PSP Presents Cut-Out, customisation project for Sony PSP/Peter Saville Design
2004 Set of badges and limited edition tee, Concrete Hermit
Scrawl Tees, Scrawl Collective
2003 Diversity Works, commission for New York Times magazine, 14 September
In-store painting, Deal Real hip-hop store, Soho, London
2000 Limited edition silk tie, OKI, Germany
1995 Set of four stamp designs, Royal Mail
1994 Poster and leaflet campaign, Amnesty International UK

New Art Gallery Walsall
Royal Mail
Sony Archive
Private and Corporate Collections in Europe, Asia and America


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