An intimate exhibition in the middle gallery of new abstract paintings by emerging Calgary painter Ashleigh Bartlett.
Ashleigh Bartlett’s interest in artifice, disguise and abstraction has prompted an amplification of an exaggerated and imaginative element into her painting practice. Infused with synthetic colours, cartoon references and a playful approach to painting, she aims to bring humour and representation into abstraction. This is Bartlett’s second exhibition with the Michael Gibson Gallery.
Ashleigh Bartlett received her BFA from the Alberta College of Art and Design and in 2011 her MFA from the University of Guelph. Her paintings have been included in various solo and group exhibitions across Canada, including “The 5th KWAG Biennial”, “Made in Alberta” Art Gallery of Calgary, “Voices of Fire, towards a post Postmodern Theory of Abtsraction” at Galerie SAS in Montreal, and “Sincerely Yours: Authenticty in Contemporary Art” at the Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts in Toronto. Bartlett is the recipient of various awards including grants from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and SSHRC. She currently teaches painting at the Alberta College of Art and Design.
In Spring 2013 Bartlett attended the Konstepidemin Residency in Gothenburg, Sweden, where she investigated her fascination with found materials and fabrics, created small scale installations that inform a series of drawings, collage, and small works on paper.