May 10, 2006

Meet artist Ashely Goldberg




top image: Wonderboy
bottom image: Come on in
bottom of the page image: Laundry ... NEVER!!! images provided and copyrighted by Ashely Goldberg

I found Ashley through one of my favorite daily reads: Bird in the Hand ... (thank you Lisa!) I fell in love with her work immediately and purchaced two of her orignial drawings from her etsy shop. We spoke about her being part of a show next year at artstream and she has agreed! Here is a little preview of her work for you today with a mini bio to tell you a bit more about this young emerging artist. I have one word for her work: EXCITING!
Now ... meet Ashley:

I'm 24 years old. I have loved arts, crafts, creatures, and nature my entire life. I enjoy focusing on portraiture and capturing a brief moment in time. My artwork tends to be simple, but with a sophisticated or stark color palette. I believe great emotion can be conveyed in a simple gesture or look. The characters I create, whether monsters or little girls, are simple, humorous, empathetic, and a little bit pathetic.

I'm influenced by package design,band posters, fashion illustration, magazines (anything glossy or mass produced really) That's why I'm so drawn to prints sooo much. I think it's amazing to have an original piece of art scanned or altered and have it accessible to anyone who wants. It just changes the context of the work..and I enjoy that to no end. I love Julie Verhoeven, Schiele, Nara, thrift store tags, library due date slips. There's such accidental beauty in so many ordinary things.

I strongly believe in what you're happiest doing at five is what you will be happiest doing your entire life. Growing up, I endlessly drew and embroidered onto washclothes that my grandma gave me little creatures and animals that I desperately wanted to live in the woods of my backyard. In my mind these creatures had tiny, magnificent, ornate lairs in the trunks of old trees (which I also drew, along with maps of how to get there). And although these creatures were elusive and shy, they always decided to befriend me. Over the years, my creatures have become decidedly more design-driven, but a part of me is still just drawing little friends to have.

Please visit Ashley's shop to see more of her works, as this is just a teaser. Can't wait to get my package from Ashley!

The word for the day is ... pile ... as in laundry, a nice black pile of topsoil, and piggy pile tickle fest playfulness!

9 comments:

Tongue in Cheek Antiques said...

you pile us with goodies everyday! Bird in the hand love in the heart!

ladylinoleum said...

Very cool drawings...

Hey do you know Marcel Dzama's work? I HEART Marcel.

susan said...

hey lady,
no, but i do now as you pointed me in his direction! thank you... i love his trees and people. very cool.
and thought of you today! was listening to brilliant trees!

sugar mama said...

I so love that 'laundry, never!' and the bio is wonderful... sometimes I feel like a kid in a candy store seeing all your great discoveries!

Left-handed Trees... said...

Thank you for showcasing this talented young lady...I loved "Come on in" in particular. Also, her quote, "I strongly believe in what you're happiest doing at five is what you will be happiest doing your entire life." Oh...That's one to remember...

AscenderRisesAbove said...

wonderful art; very edward gorey like

andrea said...

What a wonderful artist to spotlight. I love the simple lines yet so warm and inviting.
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P.S No more "piles" around here thank goodness. :)

mcaplan said...

Its such a small world! I just found Ashleys Etsy shop yesterday! Love her stuff!

IMEDAGOZE said...

great to see her works on your blog. she's one talented lady!