Artists Who Rock: Ashley Straker

Introduction

My name is Ashley Straker, based in London, UK.

 

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Type of Art you are known for:

I am mostly known for my portraits, more specifically my ‘Afro series’ paintings, which are fictional characters inspired by African/ Caribbean culture. My style of work is more towards realism, but I don’t go to into extreme detail as long as the painting is believable then I am satisfied. I enjoy painting landscapes also, I tend to switch between that and portraiture.

 

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What/ Who Inspires you?

Everything around me inspires me, I always make an conscious effort to visually absorb my surroundings. I think reading is very important for generating ideas and concepts, I read a lot of spiritual books and try to incorporate that into my work. My main motivation is simply to improve and achieve on a daily basis, as artists I believe we should be never completely happy with the level we at. There is always something we can improve on, that applies to life in general too.

 

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How long have you been an artist?

I have been drawing since I was little but only took it more seriously when I was in my last year of college and did a BA Honours degree in Animation, which was a very important time for me to experiment with various styles and types of art. So roughly I would say about 4/5 years.

 

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Do you have a fave artist? If so who?

In terms of inspiration I look at a lot of concept artists and Illustrators, such as Feng Zhu, Jeff Simpson and James Zapata. To styles that are completely different to mine such as Japanese animator Takeshi Koike. I love fashion photography especially woman of colour, anything graceful and has a sense meaning.

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Has any of your art been published? If so where? 

No where major… Yet

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If you could sum up your art in three words what would they be?

Graceful, Imaginative and Dope!

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Social Media Links:

Website: http://www.ashleystraker.com
Instagram / Twitter: @ashleystraker
Tumblr: http://ashleystraker.tumblr.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ashleystrakerart

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