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
Phil Ashcroft | SIBLEYSPARLING
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.
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.
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.
preview photos below by Christopher Andreou, courtesy Henry Saywell
Above: Runner, acrylic on canvas, 121 x 91cm, 2017, photo: Tom Horak