Jack Spencer Ashworth was born in Norfolk UK and currently lives and works in London. He has a degree in architecture, but his paintings represent a really impressive combination of architectural geometricity and the human form. His pieces portray a really intriguing tension between the body and the manmade, animate and inanimate, and the natural and the synthetic. This struggle represents a dichotomy between painterly fluidity and architectural order and control, between the illusion of depth created by paint and the flattening of modern nonobjectvity. He creates an ambiguous human figure that is imperfect, but universal. His pieces are gender neutral, allowing the viewer to connect more to the figure. The figures are dissipated and abstracted into recurring motifs like grids and perspective- both man made and standardized. The ambiguity of the pictorial spaces they create allows the spatial restriction of the human form to be read as a metaphor for emotional and cultural confinement.
I really responded to his work. I love his mark and his exploration of figure. I love the idea of an ambiguous figure, one that is profoundly imperfect. I was really drawn to his work because I think it reflects my own. The subject matter is different but the visual effect of his work is what I am going for. He shows imperfections in a really astounding way and I love the shock factor his pieces have. His work is ugly and grotesque but it is engaging and personal. I would like my work to do the same. I love the underlying dichotomy of his work as well. Contrast is intriguing and I would like to explore the dichotomous relationships in my work.
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