Return From Neptune by Carly Ashdown


Return From Neptune by contemporary figurative artist Carly Ashdown, A signed Limited Edition of 95, hand Embellished Giclee on boxed canvas

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Return From Neptune Carly Ashdown

Carly’s earliest memories are of picking up a pencil and drawing pictures of people. As a child, she was fascinated by human interaction and these imaginative sketches were her way of processing the world around her. Creating the illusionary quality of movement allowed her to experience a feeling of release.

After completing an art and design degree that focused on film and photography, Carly went on to enjoy a career in television, working for organisations such as the BBC and Channel 4. Eventually her instinct to draw and paint took over, and she became fascinated by the ability of paint to seduce the viewer through illusion.

Carly’s desire to explore the nature of being human saw her train in psychotherapy at the Tavistock Institute in London, as well as volunteer for the mental health charity, Mind. As she delved deeper into the world of human experience, her art began to incorporate themes of personal transformation and understanding.

She says: “What unifies us is an inner beauty which we all share, and that’s really at the heart of my work.”

One of her greatest artistic influences is Jackson Pollock, who pioneered the unique technique of drip painting. A similarly abstract style can be seen in Carly’s work, integrated with figurative painting.

All of Carly’s work starts with researching images, which she takes from books, online sources and even her own photographs. Beginning with around 50 images, she narrows them down and begins to draw in a sketchbook, creating a series of sketches that evolve over time.

When she is ready to take it to the canvas, she paints instinctively, starting with a charcoal outline that is washed over with water. Then, after carefully selecting her colours, she drips acrylic paint down the canvas.

Following detailed shading to help the figure ‘pop out’ of the canvas, she both drips and flicks paint at her creation. To add to the sense of movement, she switches between the vibrant and energetic application of paint and intricate work with a small brush.

She says: “I often find myself in a dialogue with the painting, listening to what’s being asked of me. I know in the first ten to twenty minutes if I’m creating something with magic in it.

“It is quite a process, and there is a lot of chaos within structure.”