About Ashton Exhibition

Place and my feelings about place are central to my illustration and mixed-media work. In this exhibition I have chosen to showcase my interest in Ashton-Under-Lyne, a town local to where I live and work as an artist. The work is split into 3 types of work: About places around Ashton, About the market hall, and About Lancashire cotton mills. You can read more about it on my blog here.

This exhibition is on show at the Market Hall, Ashton-Under-Lyne from March 16th 2020. I am sharing it here on my website so that it can be viewed without visiting the market hall during these challenging times. All work is for sale and I am able to send out directly. Please get in touch if you are interested in any of the pieces.

About Places in Ashton

These 7 pen, ink and watercolour pieces reflect my interest in drawing on location. I aim to capture a sense of I have chosen special places that I am familiar with. These places form part of my impression of Ashton as a fascinating, historic mill town. These pieces are created on paper and framed behind glass with a white mount and black frame. Finished size: approximately 48 cm x 48 cm. All watercolour on paper: £95

About The Ashton Market Hall

These 8 paper collages reflect my interest and love for markets. I grew up in a market town down south, so markets have always formed part of my weekly life. Since moving to the local area I have visited and shopped in the market and market hall regularly. I love the history and structure of the market hall as well as its thriving community. It is these aspects that I have tried to capture in my work presented here. These pieces have been created in my studio, using a variety of papers and printed text, and other mixed media. Pencil drawings on location are the start point for these collage works. These works on paper are framed behind glass with an off-white mount and a black frame. Finished size approximately 33 cm x 33 cm. All collage on paper £95

Inside Market:

  • Top Left: Strawberry Garden
  • Top Right: Fishes and Loaves
  • Bottom Left: Bailey’s DIY
  • Bottom Right: View from the cafe

Outside Market:

  • Top Left: Market hall clock tower
  • Top Right: Ashton market trader
  • Bottom Left: Wellington road entrance
  • Bottom Right: Market street clock tower

About The Lancashire Cotton Mills

These 4 mixed media paintings reflect my fascination with the Lancashire cotton mills. They are the first of a new series of work. These mills pieces are more abstract than my other works in the exhibition and reflect my interest in expressing my feelings about places. I love the textures and materiality of these old mills. Therefore I try to reflect them in my works through a build up of layers of paint and papers. The text comes from old books used by mill workers, about dyes, spinning and weaving. It seemed appropriate to include these here, because of the important role played by Ashton in development of the Lancashire cotton industry. These mixed media pieces are created on panel and are presented in a white floating frame. The works are finished with a UV light protecting, satin varnish. Finished size 33 cm x 33 cm. All mixed media on panel: £195

  • Top Left: Weaving ways
  • Top Right: Chimneys and roofs
  • Bottom Left: Wrought iron and gold
  • Bottom Right: Spinning around

4 thoughts on “About Ashton Exhibition

  1. What diverse styles you have! Each seeming to fit the context perfectly. Thank you for sharing. I got utterly lost in the atmospheric images. Wonderful!

    1. Thank you Simon. I am so glad you enjoyed the work. All of the different approaches are connected through the idea of exploring place, whether that is representationally, or, more abstractly, as my feelings about place. I appreciate you taking the time to comment. Best wishes Liz

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