22 Sep - 23 Oct
Artist Rebecca Ashdown's most recent body of work ‘In Plain Sight’ presents a series of semi-abstract landscapes inspired by Rodborough Common, above Stroud. These works were painted in a year when the world was changing beyond recognition. They capture sound and movement, shapes and motifs - a moss covered rock, paths scored into valley walls - and express an essence, sometimes apparent and sometimes hidden in plain sight.
Born in 1973, Rebecca grew up in a small seaside village on the south coast of England. She completed a Foundation at Norwich School of Art and went on to study at Westminster University and Central Saint Martin’s. She’s lived in Sussex, Yorkshire, East Anglia and London, where she worked as a Media Director in Bloomsbury. She discovered this area with her partner and two children over 10 years ago, and they’ve lived just outside Stroud ever since.
Her inspirations are manifold - Dubuffet, Picasso, Barbara Rae, David Almond, Angela Carter, Yoji Yamamoto - artists from all disciplines who embrace freedom, magic and play. Her creative practice has included puppets and paintings, illustrating TS Eliot’s ‘Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats’ for Faber & Faber, and being shortlisted for several book awards (Sheffield Book Award, Portsmouth Book Award, Kate Greenaway CILIP Medal).