Brian Ashing is a typical digital-age, media-inspired millennia whose early interest in art was fuelled by fantasy and sci-fi television shows and video games. He and his brother would record episodes of their favourite cartoons which would later be paused during playback so they could draw the characters.
Later on, Ashing began scoping out international artwork on Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr. He earned praises and reposts when he shared some of his depictions of celebrities on Instagram.
After years of exhibiting his representational art in group shows and consignment collections, Ashing is staging his first solo show, Prelude.
A two-day preview took place on September 2 and 3, followed by the official launch on September 4 at 101 Art Gallery. The gallery has provided the Sangre Grande resident with an opportunity to demonstrate artistry in oils, a medium he took multiple approaches to master, alongside his watercolours.
Ashing, a graduate of the University of the West Indies, St Augustine, with a bachelor’s in environmental and natural resource management, is known for the imaginative realism and semi-realism infused in his paintings. His figurative works hint at larger themes about human nature and landscapes.
The artworks on display will be available for sale under a tax incentive that allows corporate buyers to claim the expense at 100 per cent in the Year of Expenditure.
Prelude is open until September 11, Mondays to Fridays from noon to 6 pm and 10 am to 2 pm. Bookings can be made by calling 678-0460 or 686-7943.