Phil Ashcroft – Cloaking Device – Fousion Gallery

Phil Ashcroft

“Phil Ashcroft’s specific form of gestural, emotive abstraction combines flattened out 1980s style art deco and graffiti influences with references to American abstraction which often threaten to overwhelm the upper sections of his canvases. But it is an overtly Post-Modern type of abstraction, one that appears to forefronts process and gesture but is in fact computer generated translations of gestural painting reproduced as painting.

In other paintings, the work is entirely abstract but it is as if he has cropped or zoomed into the image, suggesting digital manipulations re-presenting or editing Modernist formats. This is further reinforced by the references to vector graphics and geometrical primitives in Ashcroft’s work, graphics based on mathematical expressions which are used to communicate non-subjective, procedural routes into abstraction at odds with the historical overtly-subjective precedents of Abstract Expressionism.”

– Paul Hobson, Director, Modern Art Oxford
(from Phil Ashcroft: Solar System Parameters, 2013)

Bibliography
2013

Phil Ashcroft: Solar System Parameters, Gamma Proforma

2011

Cristian Campos, 1000 Ideas for Graffiti and Street Art, Rockport

2008

Ric Blackshaw, Liz Farrelly, Street Art: Making and Selling It, Rotovision 

Shows
2020
  • Moonbeams – solo show at Bearspace, London
2017
  • Milestones – solo show at Gamma/Sector25, London
2016
  • Fallout – solo show at CANAL, London 
2015
  • Cave Paintings – solo show at Lewisham Arthouse, London 
2013
  • Galácticos – solo show at Gamma Transport Division, Edinburgh 
2012 
  • We Love You – Less Is More Projects, Paris 
  • Futurism 2.0 – Blackall Studios, London 
  • Pick Me Up 3 (with Nelly Duff) – Somerset House, London 
2011 
  • Please, Do Not Disturb – Less is More Projects, Paris 
  • Intervention Intervention (curated by Catherine Hemelryk, with Catherine Bertola, Martyn Cross, CJ Mahoney, Steve Messam) – Fishmarket Gallery, Northampton 
  • Print & Design Now, Bearspace, London 
  • Art in the Workplace, Devonshires (curated by Wallspace) – London 
  • Pick Me Up 2 (with Concrete Hermit) – Somerset House, London 
2010 
  • Innocent Closet – SunBear Gallery, Edinburgh 
  • No Soul for Sale – Tate Modern, London 
  • Sleight of Hand – Recoat Gallery, Glasgow 
  • The Collection of the Late Mister X, Less is More Projects – Chic Dessin, Paris 
  • Print Now 2 – Bearspace, London 
2009 
  • 3-2-1 Solstice – Schoeni Art Gallery, Hong Kong 
  • The Free Art Fair 2009 (curated by Jasper Joffe) – The Barbican, London 
  • Perfect Present, Monika Bobinska – 242 Cambridge Heath Road, London 
  • Deptford X presents Flux, commissioned 48-sheet billboard, London 
  • 1984 – Kowalsky Gallery, DACS, London 
  • We Stride Worldwide – Concrete Hermit, London 
  • Artist of the Month Display: Phil Ashcroft  – New Art Gallery, Walsall 
  • The Golden Record – touring exhibition, The Collection, Lincoln and g39, Cardiff 
2008 
  • Wonder Island (curated by Emi Avora and Patrick Michalopoulos) – Schwartz Gallery, London 
  • Heart of Glass (curated by Flora Fairbairn and Paul Hitchman) – Shoreditch Town Hall, London 
  • Cans 2 Festival (collaboration with Will Barras) – Leake Street, London 
  • The Golden Record – The Collective Gallery, Edinburgh (curated by Mel Brimfield) 
  • Special Relationship (curated by Ric Blackshaw) – Scion Space, Culver City, Los Angeles 
2007 
  • Out of the Box and in the German Ryan Permanent Collection – New Art Gallery Walsall 
  • Celeste Art Prize 2007 – T2, London & touring; Lyon & Turnbull, Edinburgh 
  • Contemporary Art Society’s ARTfutures 2007 – Bloomberg SPACE, London 
2006 
  • Toxicity – solo show at Margaret Harvey Gallery, UH Galleries, St Albans 
  • Elephant Technique – Village Underground, London 
  • My Life in Art, My Life in Art (curated by Justin Hammond) – London
2005
  • Yeti in Hong Kong – solo show at EXIT/double-park, Hong Kong
  • Contemporary Art Society’s ARTfutures 2005 – Bloomberg SPACE, London 
  • PSP Presents Cut-Out (Sony/Peter Saville) – Oki-Ni, London 
2004 
  • Phil Ashcroft – solo show at Liberty, London
  • All The People We Like Are Dead – 17 Kingsland Road, London 
  • Stick Em Up 2 – Revolver, Melbourne 
  • FleaMarket (curated by Anthony Gross) – temporarycontemporary, London
  • Contemporary Art Society’s ARTfutures 2004 – City of London School, London 
2003 
  • Toxic Landscapes – solo show at I Love…Art Gallery, Brussels
  • Scrawl Collective, Lab101, Santa Monica 
  • Stick Em Up, Objex Art Space, Miami 
2002
  • Phil Ashcroft – solo show at Exposure, London
  • Phil Ashcroft – solo show at Arc-Arts, Manchester
  • Graffiti Meets Windows 1 – live painting at Hank-Yu, Osaka, Japan 
2001
  • Nitro Deluxe – solo show at Deptford X, London
1998
  • Duel – solo show at Bedford Hill Gallery, London
1997
  • Space is the Place / Future Worlds – solo show at Metro Cinema, London, W1 / Intoxica!, London W11