“I need to ‘be’ and ‘feel’ connected with my work, so often it has a sense of personal meaning that is based on my ‘story’ or ‘journey’.
Through my work I hope to communicate a sense of peace, beauty and rest that can be found in nature, when we allow ourselves to slow down and contemplate the beauty of the world in which we live.”
Ashley Hay was born in Scotland, although having migrated to Australia in 1969, she has always called Australia ‘home’.
Since her early years Ashley has explored a diverse range of mixed media, developing an extensive visual language of alternative art surfaces and rich textures.
Capturing a sense of ‘story’ and ‘place’ is the essence of Ashley’s work. She approaches her imagery with a spiritual ethos composed in a contemporary expressionist style. Much of her work is an intuitive response to her surroundings and it’s her hope that the viewer connects with her story as they engage, relate to and are impacted by the imagery.
As well as maintaining her own art practice, Ashley is the Australian Importer for Powertex and a proud sponsor of the Wearable Art Mandurah Competition. She loves inspiring others to create and runs regular art workshops from her studio in Safety Bay.
BA Arts; Dip Ed; Cert IV Training & Assessment
RECENT SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2019 Tree Stories, Alcoa Mandurah Art Gallery WA
2011 Share a Chardonnay, Dwellingup Arts Lab WA
RECENT GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2019 Impressions of Aotearoa, Lost Eden Creative, Dwellingup WA
2019 Mandurah Plein Air Artists Exhibition, Alcoa Mandurah Art Gallery WA
2019 Vivid Gallery, WA
2018 CASM Collective, Mandurah WA
2017 CASM Collective, Mandura2012014 Caravan Arts Centre, WA (Joint)
2014 Common Threads Wearable Art Showcase, ManPAC
2014 Mandjar Art Award, Alcoa Mandurah Art Gallery WA
2010 Bassendean Visual Art Award, Cyril Jackson Recreation Centre
2010 Mandjar 9×5, Alcoa Mandurah Art Gallery,MPAC
2010 Rockingham Regional Art Award,Gary Holland Centre Rockingham
2010 Mandjar Art Award, Alcoa Mandurah Art Gallery, MPAC
PUBLIC ARTS COMMISSION
2011 Four Art Panels (1800×1200), Parkdean Holiday Parks, Scotland, UK
2011- Australian Importer of Powertex Art Supplies
2011- Facilitator of Art Workshops throughout Australia
2017-2019 Judge Wearable Art Mandurah WA
2017-2018 President Mandurah Plein Air Artists
RECENT EDUCATION & ARTIST RESIDENCIES
2018 Plein Air Painting Trip, Christchurch, NZ (7 Days)
2016 Leon Holmes Masterclass, Perth, WA (12 months)
2016 Brigitte Grade Art Studio Workshops, Belgium (10 Days)
2016 Plein Air Painting Trip, Uzes, France (14 Days)
2014 Brigitte Grade Art Studio, Belgium (International Train the Trainer)
2012 Artist in Residence, Boddington CRC
2011 Artist in Residence, Dwellingup Arts Lab