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ABOVE Down in the valley, ring of Kerry 15 x 15cm acrylic on canvas
  • LEFT Through Another Old Boundary Wall
  • MIDDLE Roofless Cottage
  • RIGHT Ruined Cottage
  • LEFT JA84 Rains a Coming acrylic on canvas 30x30cm
  • MIDDLE Kerry Hills, tryptich acrylic 50x123cms - SOLD
  • RIGHT Shallow Waters, Silver Strand acrylic on canvas 30x30cm - SOLD
  • LEFT Valley Sunlight, Kerry acrylic on canvas 30x30cm
  • MIDDLE Calm Cool Day, cow strand, Sherkin acrylic on canvas 40x51cms
  • RIGHT Low Tide Silver Strand acrylic on canvas 20x20cm
  • LEFT Cape Clear Floating acrylic on canvas 30x30cm
  • MIDDLE Sherkin shore II 15 x 15cm acrylic on canvas
  • RIGHT Sherkin shore I 15 x 15cm acrylic on canvas
  • LEFT Meandering Kerry 60 x 60cm acrylic on canvas
  • MIDDLE Autumn across the Cuinne from Kitty the Hill 50 x 120cm acrylic on canvas
  • RIGHT Wild autumn, Kerry 30 x 30cm acrylic on canvas
  • LEFT Calm day over Cuinne 40 x 80cm acrylic on canvas

Johanna Ashby

Johanna Ashby trained at Bournville School of Art and Design, Birmingham; The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art; Oxford University and Goldsmith’s College, London.

Her early career was spent painting, whilst simultaneously assisting with interior decorating and specialist painting projects. She also undertook commissioned work, including a backdrop for the London Designer Fashion Show. Johanna’s career moved into art education, she now lives in London and has returned to full-time painting.

Johanna’s work can be found in permanent collections in both England and Eire and her work has been widely exhibited through Britain and Ireland.

‘My work has always reflected a fascination with nature and its rhythms. The patterns of nature and the elements are constant references. In my youth, it was the Cornish coast that gave me the inspiration for my work. For the past decade I have spent an increasing amount of time in West Cork – Sherkin Island – where we have a home. Although very different in many ways, there are strong echoes to the images and themes of my early painting years. I tend to work in series, making extensive studies of subjects that preoccupy me. These may be close details or larger scenes, perhaps recorded in different lights. Yet I am not particularly concerned with painting ‘views’ or producing purely emotional responses; I am far more interested in exploring ways to record shapes and patterns. Most of these will be created naturally, such as striations in rocks or smooth, weathered stones; the rhythms of water buffeted by wind and land; the effects of light falling across forms and surfaces. Then there is the curiosity of our labours to arrange nature and organise the landscape – as with dry stonewalls – but then, over time, nature reclaims these efforts and re-creates a rhythm of its own. I find it quite reassuring that whatever we do is temporary and will be re-absorbed by nature eventually, waiting patiently until we’ve moved on or will blast our efforts away with one powerful act. Sometimes this means that my work can be very representational and recognisable, at other times it moves off into simplified images, although all are very much rooted in the real world.

Having had a very traditional early training with a strong emphasis on the importance of drawing, preparatory work is a crucial part of the creative process for me. Although there may be apparent wild splashes and splatters, they are all controlled and little is actually left to accident. Tight compositional structures underpin my paintings, then many layers are slowly built-up, each allowed to dry before the next is applied, creating both an illusion of and actual depth. I also like to combine media, using pastels with paint, playing, again, with the juxtaposition of elements – fluid paint with strong edged mark making .’

Johanna Ashby


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