Ashley Hanson

Born: 1960

Ashley Hanson was awarded The Slade School of Art Boise Travel Scholarship to North America, where he made a series of train journeys around the states before painting for two months in a barn in upstate New York, at the home of the sculptor Jon Isherwood.

Hanson has continued making work about his experiences in the US, with the series  Americascapes  and  The Englands,  which enabled him to interlink paintings inspired by the coastal landscapes of Cornwall and New England.

Various events in Hanson’s career have inspired, influenced and invigorated his interest in colour: An early admiration for the work of Peter Lanyon, especially Porthleven 1951; A lecture from Terry Frost whilst at Canterbury College of Art; The influence of Thomas Watt  being Principal of Canterbury;  A visit to the 1992 Matisse exhibition in New York and later his time spent at the Triangle Artists Workshop hosted by Sir Anthony Caro.

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