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Live Painting for HKYAF at Taikoo Park, Hong Kong (22-24 March 2018)


Live painting in Taikoo Park Hong Kong to help raise funds for Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation for disadvantaged youths.

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Phil Ashcroft | SIBLEYSPARLING, Painter Maker, Henry Saywell, London (8-22 December 2017)



Photos above courtesy Henry Saywell, preview and instal photos below by Christopher Andreou

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Painter Maker
Exhibition Dates: 8-22 December 2017
Preview: Thursday 7 December 2017, 18.00-21.00

Henry Saywell, 291 Lillie Road, Fulham, London SW6 7LL. T. 020 73811 774.
Open Monday-Saturday, 10.00-17.30.

Henry Saywell is delighted to present Painter Maker, bringing together the paintings of Phil Ashcroft and makings of SIBLEYSPARLING in a display of works to enhance your environment and mood.

Though the result of very different processes the canvases of graphic artist Phil Ashcroft and the furniture of designer SIBLEYSPARLING do share remarkable similarities.

Materials and process drive SIBLEYSPARLING’s design ethos, creating pieces that consist of clean lines and functionality interspersed with a splash of colour. Her inventiveness combining materials to see how they interact and the conversations that can be formed in colour, texture and form create her unique bespoke homeware pieces.

For Painter Maker SIBLEYSPARLING will show work from her ‘Låda’ collection alongside a selection of new designs, including work from a collaboration with textile designer Sunny Todd.

Phil Ashcroft’s gestural, emotive paintings combine a flattened out 1980s style art deco and graffiti influences, with references to American abstraction which often threaten to overwhelm the upper sections of his canvases. For Painter Maker he presents new, and previously unseen, small and medium-scale works.

Artist Biographies
Phil Ashcroft

Phil Ashcroft is a painter and graphic artist based at Thames-Side Studios, London. Recent exhibitions include Distilled, Thames-Side Studios Gallery, London; Fallout, CANAL, London (solo, 2016); Cave Paintings, Lewisham Arthouse, London (solo, 2015). He was a finalist in the John Moores Painting Prize 2014, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. His first book Solar System Parameters, containing an essay by Paul Hobson, director Modern Art Oxford, was published in 2013.

Since graduating in 2015, designer and maker Ella Mae Sibley Sparling has set up the design studio SIBLEYSPARLING, exhibited her work nationally and won several awards including the DKP Gallery Award for Outstanding Creativity. She has worked on both private interior commissions and for commercial brands, such as Paul Smith.

Ella is currently working on Momentum, an exciting collaborative project with a group of designers, where the work of each informs and inspires new designs by others. With some impressive outcomes already in place she is excited to see where this project continues in 2018.

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preview photos below by Christopher Andreou, courtesy Henry Saywell

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Above: Runner, acrylic on canvas, 121 x 91cm, 2017, photo: Tom Horak

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Exhibited work at @thestanleyhalls London SE25 as part of @synthesisfestival (28-30 September 2017). for live music and events #synthesisfestival2017


A display of past and new works at GAMMA/SECTOR25 Art, Sounds & Coffee. 14 Portland Road, London SE25 4PF. To attend the preview on Friday 10th March 2017 from 6pm RSVP Open Monday – Friday 6.30am – 5pm, Saturday 9.30am – 6pm, Sunday 10am – 6pm. Find on Google maps


Live painting at MATA, Gamma Proforma event at The Social, London, 20 May 2016. Photo: Tom Horak 2017


Solo Exhibition: Fallout at CANAL, Preview Thursday 2 June 2016, 18.00 – 20.00

Fallout, a solo exhibition at CANAL mixing live painting, large scale canvases and graphic works.

Exhibition Dates: 3 June – 10 September 2016
Preview: Thursday 2 June 2016, 18.00 – 20.00

Fallout will mix live painting, large scale canvases, a new lightbox and graphic works. A new large format painting will be created in the gallery over the course of the exhibition, bringing my studio process directly into CANAL, as well as presenting a new lightbox work inspired by the gallery’s location on the Regent’s Canal at Haggerston, east London.

Preview sounds with a Minneapolis flavour courtesy DJ Monkphat (Gamma Proforma). Live painting every Thursday in June, 11.00 – 16.00. 

60 De Beauvoir Crescent
London N1 5SB
020 7923 9211 / 0786 606 3663
Open Thursday – Saturday, 13.00 – 18.00 or by appointment
By appointment only: 18 July – 1 September 2016
Nearest tube: Haggerston

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MATA @ The Social – Birdhead x Phil Ashcroft x Monkphat

Live painting on Friday 20 May at Gamma Proforma’s MATA sessions at The Heavenly Social, London. Sounds from Birdhead, MonkphatNate Thompson and Solaris 100. Free entry, doors open 6pm – 1am.

The Social, 5 Little Portland Street, London W1W 7JD






FINAL Tate_MG_5537_700pxPhil Ashcroft, Will Barras and Cat Johnston, collaborative painting, six metre wall for the Scrawl Collective, invited artists for No Soul For Sale, Tate Modern, London, 14-16 May 2010 (photos: © Matthew Blaney and Joe Plommer). More photos here:


Tate Modern Turbine Hall, Bankside, London SE1 9TG

(14-15 May 2010, 10.00-00.00, 16 May 2010, 10.00-18.00)

Featuring live painting by Scrawl Collective artists Phil Ashcroft, Will Barras, Cat Johnston.

To celebrate Tate Modern’s 10th anniversary, the gallery will host No Soul For Sale – A Festival of Independents. For this free arts festival, Tate Modern is inviting over 70 of the world’s most innovative independent art spaces, not-for-profit organisations and artists’ collectives, from Shanghai to Rio de Janeiro, to take over the Turbine Hall.

To stage No Soul For Sale, Tate Modern is working in collaboration with artist Maurizio Cattelan and curators Cecilia Alemani and Massimiliano Gioni. The festival will bring together some of the most exciting and experimental new art from around the globe, displayed in an unconventional, do-it-yourself style. Ranging from monumental structures to witty interventions, epic performances to interactive installations, participants will exhibit alongside each other without partitions or walls, creating a pop-up village of global art for visitors to explore.

The organisations taking part will respond to the invitation with a range of unique projects, building on the participatory spirit of previous Turbine Hall commissions. All participants will host a live event of their choice on the dedicated performance space on the Turbine Hall bridge, ranging from talks and screenings to performances.

Independent arts organisations include: Alternative Space LOOP (Seoul), Arrow Factory (Beijing), Arthub Asia (Shanghai/Bangkok/Beijing), Artis – Contemporary Israeli Art Fund (New York / Tel Aviv), Artspeak (Vancouver), Artists Space (New York), Auto Italia (London), Ballroom (Marfa), Black Dogs (Leeds), Barbur (Jerusalem), Capacete Entertainment (Rio de Janeiro), casa tres patios (Medellín), cneai= (Paris-Chatou), Collective Parasol (Kyoto), Dispatch (New York), e-flux (Berlin), Elodie Royer and Yoann Gourmel – 220 jours (Paris), Embassy (Edinburgh), Exyzt & Coloco (Paris), Filipa Oliveira + Miguel Amado (Lisbon), FLUXspace (Philadelphia), FormContent (London), Galerie im Regierungsviertel/Forgotten Bar Project (Berlin), Green Papaya Art Projects (Manila), Hell Gallery (Melbourne), Hermes und der Pfau (Stuttgart), i-cabin (London), Intoart (London), K48 Kontinuum (New York), Kling & Bang (Reykjavík), L’appartement 22 (Rabat), Latitudes (Barcelona), Le Commissariat (Paris), Le Dictateur (Milan), Light Industry (New York), Lucie Fontaine (Milan), lugar a dudas (Cali), Machine Project (Los Angeles), Mousse (Milan), Museum of Everything (London), Next Visit (Berlin), New Jerseyy (Basel), Not An Alternative (New York), (London), Oregon Painting Society (Portland), Or Gallery (Vancouver), Post-Museum (Singapore), Para/Site Art Space (Hong Kong), Peep-Hole (Milan), PiST (Istanbul), PSL [Project Space Leeds] (Leeds), Rhizome (New York), Sala-Manca & Mamuta  (Jerusalem), San Art (Ho Chi Minh City), Scrawl Collective (London), Studio 1.1 (London), Suburban (Chicago), Swiss Institute (New York), The Mountain School of Arts (Los Angeles), The Royal Standard (Liverpool), Thisisnotashop (Dublin), Torpedo – supported by the Office for Contemporary Art Norway (Oslo), Tranzit (Prague), Viafarini DOCVA (Milan), Vox Populi (Philadelphia), Western Bridge (Seattle), Western Front Society (Vancouver), White Columns (New York), Y3K (Melbourne), 2nd Cannons Publications (Los Angeles), and 98 Weeks (Beirut).

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Fortress of Solitude, Magma Manchester (17 January 2007: live painting; work on view: 17 January – 28 February 2007), limited edition prints and tees available in-store


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