Medway artist, Jonathan Ash’s painting style has been described as “bright and bold”, “edgy” and “a revelatory and outstanding body” (his art, not his physique…).
His unique use of colour stems from his lifelong colourblindness which means he struggles to blend colour; in the majority of his paintings, colour is used to represent brightness and contrast rather than be realistic (his artworks are hand painted originals, not screen prints nor digitally altered).
His university study, and subsequent love, of Marcel Duchamp’s work has led to a slightly subversive and humorous presence in many of his works. His 2018 exhibition, “From Medway To Medway and Back” drew from his Medway roots and journey through many careers, countries and therapies and his 2019 exhibition, “Mammals” drew together humans as animals and vice versa.
Late 2019 saw his solo exhibition “Body Structure” which challenged viewers’ perceptions of colour using coloured lenses and 3D glasses and his 2020 exhibitions built on his involvement with the local music scene with “2020 Hindsight” to celebrate ten years of the band “Groovy Uncle” and “Borstal Boy” to focus on local iconic landmarks and people.
He has exhibited widely in North Kent and London and has commissions in private collections around the world.
He quite likes cottage cheese, weirdly, and owns a monkey suit.