Richard Ashworth


Richard Ashworth – “No Frills”

Exhibition - Review

Invited to exhibit by Tony Dash from the Sefton Arts Development Leisure Services, Richard 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)

Click here to read more about Richard and his work.

Exhibition open: March 19 - 4 May 2007
Mon-Thurs: 11am-4pm
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.



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