ashar

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Biography – ashar

Ashar was born in Surrey, the UK in 1942.  Is currently living and working on the Levels in Somerset.  Spending the first months of the year on the moors sketching.  Using these sketches to reconnect with her feelings for place, when back in the studio working. 

Since graduating with a BA (Hons) in fine art from Plymouth ashar has continually challenged her practice. Working in oils on wooden panel creating abstract works with the ability to move the viewer.  Endeavouring to paint her responses to place and not what she sees. The levels and moors being her inspiration, however ashar says “I do not want to depict them I want to express my feelings for them and create work that has the ability to be felt”.

Ashar is currently working towards ‘open studio’ in September for her many collectors as well as “Flight” an exhibition to be shown at The Musgrove Gallery later this year and “Colour and Steel” at East Lambrook Manor for July

Ashar is looking to spend 2019 researching and experimenting at various residencies to help expand her practice

She has work in collections all around the world, including Singapore, Australia and Europe, as well as a piece in The Millfield Collection.  Last year ashar’s piece ‘let go’ was hung and sold at the Royal Academy.  A finalist at “The Chaiya Art Awards” 2018.  A Finalist in British Woman Artists 2017.  Runner-up for Annex Acquisition Collection Award 2017.  Prizes from The Atkinson Open and Fringe Arts Bath 2016.  She is a member of the RWA Artists Network

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Varnishing Day at the RA

ashar under ‘let go’ RA Summer Show

Artists Statement

Since graduating, I have continually challenged my work and practice, and set expressive goals for myself; usually, this is about conveying feeling to the viewer.  I use abstraction as a medium for this, and I am particularly interested in mark making; how this affects the viewer.  My work is often described as emotional and moving which what I set out to achieve. 

It is the British landscape that inspires me and has always been my muse. I do not want to depict it I want to express it; by conveying the feelings, I have for it. I endeavour to paint my feelings and not what I see!

Because our lives are made up of millions of tiny moments, both positive and negative.  They appear and disappear triggered by a word a moment in time a colour a place a smile building layer upon layer.  This is how my paintings are built layering and glazing the paint influences the paintings final outcome, each layer building a picture of memory and experience.  Each work is a conversation between me and the materials when in progress and then between the finished piece and the viewer who brings their life’s experience to the work

I endeavour to express a feeling of place with colour and marks to create work that has the ability to be felt by the viewer and not deliberated upon

medium
The materials I use and the processes are an important part of my practice. I work in mixed media on wood panels as well as the occasional canvas. I now work mainly in oils with other media such as oil pastel, graphite, metal leaf, crayon, ink pencils and anything else that may fit the piece. This can be on canvas or board or occasionally on plaster on board.

ashar at expo in France 2015

in August 2014 I was featured artist in artsyshark please take a look

education in fine art

BTEC Diploma Foundation Studies (Art and Design) with merit. Yeovil College 2007
Foundation Degree in Arts (FdA) Fine Art University of Plymouth – Somerset College 2011
BA (Hons) in Fine Art Plymouth University – 2012
I would now like to go on to do an MfA in Fine Art finances allowing

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2 Comments

  1. hello Ashar,

    not only do I really like your paintings but I also appreciate your story, how you became an artist at 60. Is this really true?
    And did you actually get college degrees ,diplomas(that sort of stuff) after 60?
    I honestly think your answer could determine my next 10 years. Will eventually tell you why.
    All the best.
    Catherine D.

    • Hello Catherine
      Thanks for your comment. I used to draw and paint (watercolours) all the time when I was a kid. Although going to Art College was muted about I never thought I would qualify. However life took over and I married had kids etc… I never picked up a paintbrush from the time my son was a baby until I was 60

      I will leave out the 60 and alone bit (which is quite true, yes) once I had found art again I found me! again. So yes I signed up for a diploma at Yeovil College and then went on to do a BA at Plymouth, Somerset College. In all I was six years a student and loved it. I would like to go on to do an MfA but not sure how I will afford it now; as the fees are so high.

      I can only tell you that if you want to! Then you must. You will never look back. I was concerned that I would be a bit of a fish out of water etc… But I found whatever the ages of the students we had something in common; and I have made many wonderful friends of all ages. In fact some of the young students have been my lifeline and have helped me through my loss, and still do.

      Go for it I promise you, you will love it – Yes I would love to hear your story – best Sharon

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