Phil Ashcroft (Phlash) 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.
Solo exhibitions include Galácticos, Gamma Transport Division, Edinburgh (2013); Toxicity, Margaret Harvey Gallery, UH Galleries, St Albans (2006); Yeti In Hong Kong, EXIT, Hong Kong (2005) and Nitro Deluxe, Deptford X, London (2001). Ashcroft was a finalist in the Celeste Art Prize 2007 and selected for Contemporary Art Society’s ARTfutures 2007 and 2005, Bloomberg SPACE, London.
Group exhibitions include Futurism 2.0, Blackall Studios, London (2012); Intervention Intervention, Fishmarket Gallery, Northampton (2011); Deptford X, London (2009); Heart of Glass, Concrete and Glass, London (2008); Wonder Island, Schwartz Gallery, London (2008); The Golden Record, The Collective Gallery, Edinburgh touring to The Lincoln Collection and g39, Cardiff (2008-09); Out of the Box and in The Garman Ryan Collection, New Art Gallery, Walsall (2007-08).
Ashcroft also exhibits as ‘PhlAsh’ collaborating on live-painting projects in galleries and alternative spaces from street locations to shops. These have included No Soul for Sale, Tate Modern, London (2010); Cans 2 Festival, London (2008); Special Relationship, Scion Space, Los Angeles (2008), Elephant Technique, Village Underground (2006), All The People We Like Are Dead, London (2004), and Graffiti Meets Windows 1, Hank-Yu Department Store, Osaka (2002).
Works are held in public and private collections worldwide.
Ashcroft lives and works in London.
We Love You, Less is More Projects, Paris
Futurism 2.0, Blackall Studios, London
Pick Me Up 3 (with Nelly Duff), Somerset House, London
Please, Do Not Disturb, Less is More Projects, Paris
Intervention Intervention (curated by Catherine Hemelryk), Fishmarket Gallery, Northampton
Print & Design Now, Bearspace, London
Pick Me Up 2 (with Concrete Hermit), Somerset House, London
Innocent Closet, SunBear Gallery, Edinburgh
No Soul for Sale, Tate Modern, London
Sleight of Hand, Recoat Gallery, Glasgow
The Collection of the Late Mister X, Less is More Projects, Chic Dessin, Paris
3-2-1 Solstice, Schoeni Art Gallery, Hong Kong
Perfect Present, Monika Bobinska, London
The Free Art Fair (curated by Jasper Joffe), The Barbican, London
1984, Kowalsky Gallery, DACS, London