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Parris Ashley

Parris Ashley

Artist Work

We Are Swept (detail)
2016
Acrylic on concrete board
8 feet high by 200 feet long
The Unknown Object of my Affection
2015
Acrylic on Canvas
52x36" (approx)
We Are Swept (detail)
2016
Acrylic on concrete board
8 feet high by 200 feet long
Ping Went the Pond
2013
Acrylic on Canvas
6 x 8 feet

Artist Information

County
Allegany County
Phone
2407277517
Artistic Category

Traditional Arts

Artist Statement

I paint because it makes me happy, and no matter what the assigned subject, I prefer that my work brings an overarching sense of joy and hope to the viewer. I would describe my style of painting as fractal expressionism. When creating an acrylic image I enjoy using layer upon layer of color to produce a multifaceted result. I endeavor that my works can be taken in by the viewer in one sweeping glance, but reveal deeper hidden patterns upon further examination. The perfect painting, for me, stops short of perfect realism, and then enhances it when the proper effect is achieved. My primary influences are Yoshitaka Amano, Gustav Klimt, Jackson Pollock, and Auguste Renoir.

Artist Bio

Born in Baltimore, Parris Ashley is a Maryland Native now living in Frostburg, Maryland. He began his work as a mural artist in 2012 for the City of Frostburg Public Pool, and since then has gone on to be one of the most prolific muralist in Western Maryland, completeing over a dozen murals (two-dimensional large scale installations) since the summer of 2012.

He graduated from Frostburg State University in 2016 with a BA in Painting, with a minor in Art History.

Notable works can be found at the Public Pool and historic Gunter Hotel in Frostburg, and the Canal Place museum and train station in Cumberland, MD.