Richard Ashworth – “No
to exhibit by Tony Dash from the Sefton Arts Development Leisure
Ashworth shows paintings, drawings, assemblages made from non-traditional
and re-cycled materials at the Wishbone
gallery, Orrell Arts Centre in Bootle. The
exhibition is open until the 4th of May 2006 and it
worth a visit for sure.
A surprising collection
of works made of unconventional and recycled materials such as plastic
bags, paraffin wax, salvaged wood, matches, dried dates, hair.
I mentioned to Richard, while observing and analysing his work, the “found
object” definition and he replied immediately about materials and objects
that “…they find me”; “I’m just an opportunist..” in
terms of using them. He has an eye for detail, texture and organic structure.
Although, he is strongly using figurative elements as an almost daily exercise
he tries to “escape” the figurative and enjoys experimenting and
continues to express abstract or symbolic shapes of the soul. Some of his works
have the predominant centred motif of a ‘circle’, ‘hole’,
which to me suggests a way to openness, to release or communicate with the
outside space, but also suggests further the ‘stored’ unknown,
immaterial or spiritual ‘depth’ package or space. Richard is pointing
out that this has to do with his previous figurative work; it developed from
there, as a symbol “to do with the soul”. “A face is a symbol
of the soul”, “a mirror of the soul”- he says.
Richard Ashworth has been involved in
many exhibitions around Liverpool, including the Kitchen Open competition
at Kitchen gallery and most recently, in the Cornerstone Gallery curated
by Loop - Arthur Roberts and in two successful shows in 2006, as part of
the Liverpool Independents Biennial curated by Nicole Bartos.(text
by Nicole Bartos)
here to read more about Richard and his work.
Exhibition open: March 19 - 4 May 2007
Sat: 10.30am – 1pm
Venue: Wishbone gallery, Orrell Arts Centre
Please contact Tony Dash at the Sefton Arts Development Leisure Services
0151 525 0417 for further details.