Phil Ashcroft: Moonbeams
29 February – 28 March 2020
Moonbeams opened at Bearspace Gallery on 28 February and was due to end on 28 March. During the lockdown period the exhibition has remained installed. The gallery is currently closed but will reopen when it is safe to do so. Works are available to view and buy online here.
BEARSPACE is pleased to present a new body of this dynamic artist’s work, taking his cultivated graphic style to paint coastal landscapes with a touch of the urban edge, developed in his studio in Woolwich, South East London. Using a limited palette of two or three colours such as scarlet red and cerise alongside black and silver, these new paintings hark back to his background in screenprint, illustration and graphic art.
Rock faces and glass-like surfaces are interjected with shingle and breaking waters using a combination of hard-edge flat abstract shapes and freehand brushwork. These paintings seem to hold an urban spirit of space surrounded by mass but also manage to draw you into the drama of the scenery.
Phil Ashcroft created these works based on several specific landscapes in North Devon and Pembrokeshire. In August 2019 he completed the North Devon Art Residency (NDAR) www.northdevonartres.org and created a series of works based on his time spent there. He has also taken inspiration from the seascapes of nearby Abereiddy in Wales.
BEARSPACE Gallery, 152 Deptford High Street, London SE8 3PQ
Open Wednesday-Friday, 10am-3pm, Saturday 10am-6pm
Image: Phil Ashcroft, Combe Martin I, acrylic on canvas, 102 x 76cm, 2019. Photo: Tobi Jenkins, 2020