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Ashleigh Sumner

Ashleigh Sumner Biography


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Ashleigh Sumner’s work is heavily inspired by industrial areas, inner city life, and political/social movements of the past and present. Sumner’s mixed media process often involves iconic images along with material used from found street flyers, letters, and photographs. These elements are applied repeatedly to panels creating multiple stacked and torn layers of distress paper imagery.

In Sumner’s most recent work, she uses a silk screening process as a base for layering her work. Her natural love of text is often implemented throughout her pieces by incorporating pages from books of poetry, verse, lyrics, and theatrical plays in a way that often makes a political or social statement involving class, gender, poverty and equality.

Her heavy use of spray paint or “graffiti ramblings” is repeated over and over again, illegibly, often as a single song lyric, poem or historic quote. House paint is applied, scrapped and splattered throughout the work, then partially sanded away with an industrial hand sander to achieve a distressed visual. Several heavy layers of resin are added to works in order to create a smooth, modern finish to the layered and distressed artwork.

Sumner has exhibited with galleries throughout California in both solo and group exhibitions. Internationally, Sumner’s work has been exhibited in Spain and for the first time this Autumn in London and Hong Kong in 2016. Her work can be found in collections in Hong Kong, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and across the USA.

In 2014, Sumner was named by a juried panel the winner of the “Red Bull Curates” Competition for Los Angeles. As a result, Sumner’s work was highlighted in a special exhibition with Scope, Miami.

In addition, Sumner proudly curated in 2012, “Street Preachers: An Exhibition of Female Street Artists in Los Angeles” at the Centre for the Arts, Eagle Rock in east L.A “Street Preachers” was awarded grants from both the Pasadena Art Alliance and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. The exhibition included the talents of street artists Annie Preece, Jules Muck, Sarah’s Incognito and Kym CBS.

 

Solo Exhibitions

2016 – “Written All Over Your Face” Zener Schon Contemporary Art Gallery – San Francisco, CA

2015 – “Horns & Halos” – Zener Schon Contemporary Art Gallery – San Francisco, CA

2015 – High Lighted Artist of the Month – Art Walk Los Angeles – Los Angeles, CA

2014 – “Graffiti Ballads” – I820 Industrial Street Gallery – Los Angeles, CA

2012 – “Street Wise” – Artamo Gallery – Santa Barbara CA

2010 – “TenaCITY” – Gochiss and Advocate Gallery – Los Angeles, CA

2010 – “Urbanite” – A.Muse Gallery – San Francisco, CA

2010 – “Urban Inspiration” – Dezart Gallery – Palm Springs, CA

2009 – “City Scapes” – DCAC Gallery – Fresno, CA

Group Exhibitions

2016 – Affordable Art Fair, New York – Artspace Warehouse, Los Angeles, CA

2016 – LA Art Show – Art Unified, Venice, CA

2016 – London Art Fair, London – Mark Jason Gallery, London U.K.

2015 – Affordable Art Fair, London – Mark Jason Gallery, London U.K.

2015 – Group Exhibition – Zener Schon Contemporary, San Francisco, CA

2015 – Affordable Art Fair, New York – Artspace Warehouse Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2015 – San Francisco Art Market – Zener Schon Contemporary, San Francisco, CA

2015 – LA Art Show – Mugello Contemporary – Los Angeles, CA

2014 – SCOPE, Miami – Red Bull Curates – Miami, FL

2014 – Red Bull Curates – Mack Sennett Studios – Los Angeles, CA

2014 – Open Show Curated by Jenny Gheith of San Francisco MoMA – Gallery 825 – Los Angeles, CA

2013 – Affordable Art Fair – Artspace Warehouse – Seattle, WA

2013 – Affordable Art Fair – Artspace Warehouse – New York, NY

2013 – “New Style Collage” – Artamo Gallery – Santa Barbara, CA

2013 – “Words On Printed Page” – 825 Gallery – Los Angeles, CA

2013 – “3 W” – Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock – Los Angeles, CA

2012 – “Street Preachers” – Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock – Los Angeles, CA

2012 – “Zero Hour” – Whole 9 Gallery – Culver City, CA

2012 – “Out There” – Gallery 825 – Los Angeles, CA

2012 – “Urban Discovery” – Artspace Warehouse – Los Angeles, CA

2012 – “Affordable Art Fair” – Artspace Warehouse – Los Angeles, CA

2011 – “Colors” – Artspace Warehouse – Los Angeles, CA

2011 – “City & Society” – Artspace Warehouse – Los Angeles, CA

2011 – “Group Exhibition” – Victor Saavedra Gallery – Barcelona, Spain

2011 – “Young and Powerful” -Official Obama Fundraiser – Los Angeles, CA

2011 – “Urban Grid” – Artamo Gallery – Santa Barbara, CA

2011 – “Pop Up” – Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock – Los Angeles, CA

2010 – “Abstract Passion” – Artspace Warehouse, – Los Angeles, CA

2010 – “Evolution” – Create: Fixate – Los Angeles, CA