Because it’s Friday once again, and in honour of the new Star Wars film, this week Heirloom and Knot and I are thrilled to present Ashley Longshore as part our latest instalment in our ongoing Art Fair Fridays series.
Though this wonderfully talented artist needs no introduction, it’s such a pleasure to learn more about Longshore’s process and how her stunningly whimsical works are created. Her eye for over the top theatrical beauty and her wonderfully satirical voice makes each of piece as much a conversation piece, as it is a stunningly pretty work of art. Her works are menageries of beauty and whimsy, that showcase the artists’ love for fantasy and quick. They’re exuberant and filled with a joyful commentary on life and Longshore’s place within it.
How long would you say you have been a professional artist and what has lead you to this point in your career?
I have been working as an artist for 23 years. It was very early in my career when I decided to put together a portfolio and go to galleries and really make this how I make my living. It has been an exciting journey and a long journey. I cannot say it was an easy journey, but finally now – after 23 years I am reaping the benefits of all this hard work.
What is the best advice you’ve ever received about your art ?
The best advice I ever received was from my dad… “ he who toots his own horn controls the volume”.
And I think that is why I have been so successful at using social media, at using the internet and utilizing the press to really make a lot of noise and let people know I am here and have something awesome that is available.
How would you describe your creative process?
All of my work is multimedia and happens in several layers. First I like to paint the image and then will bedazzle and add glitter to the image, and then will apply resin over the image. As far as getting to the point where I’m actually getting ready to paint that really happens a lot for me by isolating myself and reflecting on my life and American greed and all those things. Several times a year I will take inspiration trips, like Maui for a month to paint, or this year I’m going to Rome for a month to paint … And that’s really a sacred time where I really make my mind up about what it is I want to paint.
What is your favourite medium to work in?
I love acrylic paint because it dries fast, I love glitter, I love gloss, shine and sparkle. I love anything that is big and over-the-top
What has been your biggest career highlight to date?
When I started getting press in Vogue, Forbes, and interviews in Fast Company and my recent collaboration I did with Net-a-Poter and one of their sister companies The OutNet. I did their first big gorilla ad campaign all over New York City and actually last week saw my art on billboards all over the place. That was very, very exciting!
How would you describe your signature style?
My style is not pretentious, very colourful, and conversation pieces. If my artwork were a fashion accessory it would be a big fucking diamond ring.
Where do you find your greatest creative inspiration?
From my role as a woman in American society and my place in that. My place in this status obsessed, very class oriented society we live in…. I’m really trying to find my role amongst all that greed and am really enjoying that process.
What do you think sets your work apart from other artists?
I have my own voice and this is my own individual expression of the world. That is what truly makes an artist who they really are, when they find out how to take their thoughts and put it on canvas or into sculpture, photography or film. The minute you figure out what it is you want to say as an artist, you find your own style and you roll with that, and I think I’m there.
No. 1 Forever 21 – Star Wars Graphic Crop Top – $17.90
No. 2 Avenue Road – David Weeks No. 433 Kopra Burst – Price Upon Request
No. 3 J. Crew – Kids’ The Star Wars Cookbook: Wookie Pies, Clone Scones and Other Galactic Goodies – $28.00
No. 4 Covergirl – Star Wars Limited Edition Super-Size Mascara – $6.85
No. 5 Stellar Works – Signorina Chan CHAIR (ITALY, 1986) – Price Upon Request
No. 6 CB2 – Pots Teapot – $15.95
No. 7 Drop It Modern – Dot to Dot : Cremé Wallpaper – $96.00 Per Roll
No. 8 Matter – SALUTE SIDE TABLE – $2,075.00
I’m honestly not even sure how I’m possibly able to sum up my reverence for Ms Longshore. Simply put, I J’adore her and every single iota of artwork she creates. To me, her pieces are Alice in Wonderland all grown up, with a healthy dose of ‘cake in the face’ edge. Total and absolute conversation pieces.
Though impossible to narrow it 5, here are a few of my lusted after pieces…
Love so greatly.