I Am Strong (1), 2020
Phototransfer and Monoprint on Paper
15 x 10cm (5¾ x 3¾ in.)
Margaret Ashman is a printmaker whose work is a meditation on the unseen, spiritual, emotional and otherness of life. Using photographs or video stills, sometimes layering images from multiple sources she creates pieces in which a solitary dancer fills or interacts with a space. Dancers or Deaf signers are photographed performing contemporary dance or signing to particular songs or texts. She also works from video stills of dancers, always gaining the permission of the dance artist first. The manipulated imagery is transferred to multiple etching plates using traditional acids and aquatint, imparting a particular textural quality to the finished prints. She lives and works in London.
Certificate in Further Education City & Guilds 7407, Kensington & Chelsea 2006 MA Printmaking & Professional Practice, University of Brighton and London Print Studio 2005 BA Fine Art, University of Hertfordshire 1998 - 2003 MA Physics, Somerville College, Oxford 1977 - 1980
Exhibitions & Awards
2019 Lawrence Art Supplies Prize, RE Originals, Bankside Gallery
2017 Hot Bed Press Purchase Prize, The Masters, Bankside Gallery
2017 London Print Studio Summer Exhibition, 1st Prize Winner
2015 Shifting Subjects Arts Council Commission, Abbey Walk Gallery, Grimsby
2012 Intaglio Printmaker Award, Royal Society of Painter Printmakers Exhibition
2011 International Print Prize, 3rd Guanlan Print Biennial, China Recent Exhibitions
2020 ING Discerning Eye, London New Work by the RE, Printmakers in Lockdown, Bankside Gallery
Woolwich Print Fair In Print 20/20 Vision, Watts Contemporary Gallery, Surrey Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London Colour, Printmakers Council, Royal Overseas League, London Reawakenings, Lingwood Samuel, Godalming Stones from other Mountains: 2020 International Outstanding Printmaking Artists Works Exhibition, China Printmaking Museum Margaret Ashman and Pascale Simonet, Nagai Artist Space, Hiroo Shibuya,Tokyo 4th Red Dot Art Mini Print Exhibition, Anteros Arts Foundation, Norwich Printmakers Council, Scarborough Art Gallery, Scarborough Time, Printmakers Council, Highgate Literary and Scientific Institute, London 2019 The Mini Picture Show, Bankside Gallery Solo Show, Higher Ground, The Muse Gallery, London Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York PrintFest, Algarden, Boras, Sweden Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London Flow, Gallery 57, Arundel A Silent Space Between, Gallery 57, Arundel RE Original Prints, Bankside Gallery London Original Print Fair, Royal Academy Journeys, Printmakers Council, Touring Exhibition 2018 Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair, Woolwich Arsenal, 22nd - 25th November ING Discerning Eye Exhibition, Mall Galleries, 15th - 29th November 3rd Red Dot Art Mini Print Exhibition, Aldeburgh, 21st - 25th September and touring to UK venues National Original Print Exhibition, Bankside Gallery, 19th - 30 September International Triennial of Contemporary Graphic Arts,Novosibirsk 14th September - 4th November Memory, Royal Overseas League, London 28th August - 25th November Off the Wall, Bankside Gallery London Print Studio Members Summer Show Spirit of Place, Late November Gallery, Haverfordwest Royal Society of Painter Printmakers, Burton Gallery, Bideford RE Printmakers at For Arts Sake, For Arts Sake, Ealing RE Originals, Bankside Gallery Print REbels, Bankside Gallery Light/Matter: Art at the Intersection of Photography and Printmaking, 1954 - 2017, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead Impress III, The Gallery, Fisherton Mill, Salisbury Embodying Gesture, The Muse Gallery, London The Muse Gallery, Notting Hill, Bankside Gallery, Printroom Studio, Lingwood Samuel, Newbloodart, Singulart.
About the postcard artworks
These works are original prints created by hand on Somerset etching paper using etching inks with a photocopy litho technique. The images are from video stills of the dancer Kehua Li also known as Lico. She embodies strength, positivity and resilience in her energetic and beautiful dances. I wanted to capture something of that spirit in these mini portraits.