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Phil Ashcroft

Artist biography

Phil Ashcroft is a painter and graphic artist based at Thames-Side Studios.

His work explores ideas of narrative and the spectacle within landscape. Combining influences from abstract expressionism, British landscape painting, Japanese woodcuts, and graphic street art, Ashcroft integrates varied styles to present a vision of environmental, financial and political threat, creating a world of semi-surreal settings, cartoon-like motifs and the detritus of the modernist ideals of the past.

Phil was a finalist in the John Moores Painting Prize 2014 and has undertaken live-painting projects in galleries and alternative spaces from street locations to shops. Commissions include projects for Aedas, Amnesty International (UK), British Film Institute, Royal Mail and Swire Properties (HK). His monograph Solar System Parameters containing work from 2005-2013 and an essay by Paul Hobson, director Modern Art Oxford, was published by Gamma Proforma in 2013.