California-based painter Ashley Collins is one of the most highly-touted contemporary artists working today. Her work brings interior designs to life with unique images that convey personal messages of historical, cultural and sentimental value. Her paintings are coveted by private collectors and displayed in public spaces from California wineries to International Embassies.
As you begin to decorate your home and fill your rooms with personal touches, the work of Ashley Collins can serve as an inspiration. Here are some of the most distinctive qualities of Ashley’s work.
Strong Figurative Imagery
Although a huge number of her paintings depict parts of a horse, Ashley emphasizes that she does not set out to draw horses. The horse in her paintings is a representative image meant to depict a deeper, emotional meaning for each individual. It could represent power, love, perseverance, or even another person of important. Ashley’s metaphorical horses are often left incomplete, so that each person can complete the picture in their imagination and make the meaning their own.
Combining Layers And Textures
Ashley makes use of three dimensions to create the abstract quality in her color-field collection. Her paintings are multi-layered, incorporating the written word found in old book pages, journals, and newsprint as well as objects in metal or wood. The loose geometric structure and layered look allow the viewer to constantly find new aspects in the work. Earth toned backgrounds make it so that the plethora of objects don’t overwhelm the senses. These pieces are at home in both grand galleries and home collections.
Works Of Scale
Well-known for her massive scale art pieces, Ashley’s goal is to create works that amaze in style as much as in size. Her works of scale often incorporate her trademark figurative imagery, layers, and texturing but, as Ashley said in a recent interview with Luxe Magazine, “ha[ve] to deliver more to hold your attention.” The key to large art pieces is to ensure that there are enough details to capture the viewer for days, months, and years whether the item is presented dangling from a crane in a dramatic exhibition or hanging on the living room wall.
The Medium Is The Message
Ashley is a master of mixed media. Her work is primarily done on a wood or canvas base, but what tops that base, in conjunction with paints and oils, varies from paper to steel. Newsprint and journals are exposed to the elements which give the pages both a weathered, natural feel and an aged look. Historically and culturally relevant items, whether written pages, abstract objects, or metal tools give the impression that the canvas incorporates many traditions and has been touched by generations.
Ashley Collins’ willingness to push herself and defy convention has earned her a spot on contemporary art’s list of icons. Each blank canvas becomes a work of art that is meant to be treasured for its unique qualities rather than its value. Her figurative, multi-layered, mixed media approach allows each collector to find an aspect of the self hidden in the content.