PHIL ASHCROFT / INTERVIEW
06 March 2012


Describe yourself with 10 words.

I am a painter and graphic artist based in London

Describe your work with 10 words

Collectively mysterious manifestations, phenomena both real and imagined.

Who´s the first artist/photographer that comes to your mind first?

Matisse

Tell us a little bit about yourself, where do you come from and where is your journey going to?

I grew up in Farnham, Surrey and moved to London in 1989 to study illustration.

I now paint and produce limited edition prints, lightboxes and tees.

My work encompasses semi-surreal settings and cartoon-like motifs: striking landscapes, nuclear power stations and the abominable snowman. I also exhibit as 'PhlAsh' collaborating on live-painting projects in galleries and alternative spaces from street locations to shops including Tate Modern, London, Los Angeles, Osaka and Hong Kong.

How would you describe your style?

Semi-abstract post-apocalyptic landscape painting

Your house is on fire, what do you save?

My partner and our 3-year old son.

Something you want the world to know about you?

I’m left-handed. When I was seven teachers at school tried to make me right-handed.

Tell us a song that has haunted you.

Sometimes it Snows in April by Prince.

What keeps you motivated and inspires you go to on every day?

In 1992 painter Albert Irvin told me ‘never let the bastards get you down’, I always remember this.

What did you want to be with 13?

An astronaut.

How have you handled the business side of being an artist?

I used to paint what I was asked to paint, now I paint what I want to paint.

What can we accept from you in 2012, any concrete plans?

New paintings, new prints, hopefully some shows.

italian or chinese?

Chinese.













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