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MICHELE ASHBY

P A S S I O N A T E   A B O U T   P A S T E L S

Born in Cyprus and living most of my life in Essex I graduated with a BA (Hons) degree in Graphic Design from Kingston University and forged a successful career running my own business in the same subject for many years. I made the leap to follow my dream of becoming a full time artist in 2016 and haven’t looked back.

I have always loved to draw, it’s something I’ve done since childhood, it feels like it’s just part of who
I am. Whether I’m drawing a portrait or landscape I want to represent my subject with visual honesty capturing the mood and essence of a fleeting moment in my detailed style. I love the play of light and shade and use it to engage the viewer, harnessing it to capture an intimate depiction of an emotion.

I have a penchant for contre-jour and chiaroscuro dramatic lighting effects. My style is detailed with a passion for contemporary realism.

I am a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and have been selected for their annual juried exhibition Enduring Brilliance at the National Arts Club, New York for the last 3 consecutive
years having won awards at two of those prestigious shows with my pieces travelling on to the Butler Museum of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio.

G R O U P   E X H I B I T I O N S

2020 Pastel Artists of Oregon Spirit of Pastels International Open Exhibition (Online)

2020 IAPS (International Association of Pastel Artists) 37th juried Exhibition webshow

2020 South West Florida Pastel Society Valued Strokes Exhibition (Online)

2020 The Richeson75 International Landscape, Seascape & Architecture Competition (Online)

2020 Pastel Society of Maine’s 20th International Exhibition (Online)

2020 Pastel Society of the West Coast Exhibition (Online)

2020 Central Mass Pastel Society Marks of Distinction Exhibition (Online show)

2020 Pastel Painters of Cape Cod National exhibition

2020 6th Annual Adirondack National Pastel Exhibition (Online)

2020 The Artist and Leisure Painter Open Competition Exhibition (Online show)

2020 Pastel Painters of Cape Cod National Exhibition (Online show)

2020 48th Annual, Enduring Brilliance, Pastel Society of America, NYC (Online show)

2020 Drawing from the Heart Exhibition, Norfolk

2020 Central Massachusetts Pastel Society Marks of Distinction Exhibition (Online show)

2020 NHS Healthcare Heroes Exhibition (Online)

2019 Pastel Society of North Carolina Pure Colour Exhibition (Online exhibition)

2019 Holly Bush Emerging Women Painter Prize Exhibition, London

2019 47th Annual, Enduring Brilliance, Pastel Society of America, NYC

2019 Butler Museum of American Art, Ohio

2019 Institute of East Anglian Artists Exhibition, Norfolk

2018 IAPS (International Association of Pastel Artists) 33rd juried Exhibition webshow

2018 Pastel Society of North Carolina Pure Colour (Online exhibition)

2018 Institute of East Anglian Artists Exhibition, Norfolk

2018 Russell Gallery Winter Exhibition, London

2018 46th Annual Enduring Brilliance Pastel Society of America Exhibition, NYC

2018 Butler Museum of American Art, Ohio

2018 Espacio Gallery HUMAN Exhibition, London

2018 Holly Bush Emerging Women Painter Prize Exhibition, London

2018 Wells Maltings Trust Connections Exhibition, Norfolk

2018 The Artist Open Competition Exhibition, Northampton

2018 Russell Gallery Summer Exhibition, London

2017 Institute of East Anglian Artists Exhibition, Norfolk

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M A L L   G A L L E R I E S,   L O N D O N

2021 Pastel Society (SOLD)

2019 Pastel Society

2020 The Society of Graphic Fine Arts

2019 158th Society of Women Artists

2018 157th Society of Women Artists

2018 Royal Society of Marine Artists (SOLD)

2018 The Pastel Society (Preseleced)

2017 The Pastel Society

2017 156th Society of Women Artists

2017 Royal Society of Marine Artists (SOLD)

2017 Royal Society of British Artists (Preselected) 

 

A W A R D S

2020 Merit The Richeson75 International Figure/Portrait Competition (Online)

2020 Finalist The Richeson75 International Landscape, Seascape & Architecture Competition (Online)

2020 Lila Gold Memorial Award 48th Annual, Enduring Brilliance, Pastel Society of America, NYC (Online show)

2020 Award of Merit Pastel Society of Maine’s 20th International Exhibition (Online)

2020 Aug FASO Boldbrush Fav15%

2020 Plein Air Magazine Award Pastel Society of the West Coast Exhibition (Online)

2020 Honourable mention, Central Mass Pastel Society Marks of Distinction Exhibition (Online show)

2020 3rd prize Pastel Painters of Cape Cod National exhibition

2020 Daler Rowney Award TALP open competition

2020 Highly commended TALP open competition

2020 Feb FASO Boldbrush Fav15%

2019 Nov FASO Boldbrush - Outstanding Pastel

2019 Nov FASO Boldbrush Fav15%

2019 May FASO Boldbrush Fav15%

2019 Associate Member of the Institute of East Anglia Artists

2019 Feb FASO Boldbrush Fav15%

2018 Dec FASO Boldbrush Fav15%

2018 Signature Member of The Pastel Society of America

2018 Provisional Member of the Institute of East Anglia Artists

2018 Oct FASO Boldbrush Fav 15%

2018 Sept FASO Boldbrush Fav15%

2018 ‘Chartpak Inc. Mussini Award’ Enduring Brilliance PSA, NYC

2018 Aug FASO Boldbrush Fav15%

2018 July FASO Boldbrush Fav15%

2018 June FASO Boldbrush - Outstanding Pastel

2018 June FASO Boldbrush Fav15%

2018 May FASO Boldbrush Fav15%

2018 Apr FASO Boldbrush Fav15%

2018 Unison Colour Associate Artist

2018 Pastel Guild of Europe Get Dusty winner - February

2018 Pastel Guild of Europe Get Dusty winner - March

2018 Pastel Guild of Europe Get Dusty winner - April

2017 Institute of East Anglia artists (best in show)

P U B L I C A T I O N S

2020 Dec The Richeson75 International Figure/Portrait 2020

2020 Dec The Richeson75 International Landscape, Seascape & Architecture 2020

2020 Oct Pastel Journal

2020 Artist_can

2020 Portraits for NHS Heroes

2019 Guest blogger for ‘How to Pastel’ with Gail Sibley

2019 Pratique des Arts

2018 Artists & Illustrators Magazine Summer Edition

2018 Pastel Guild of Europe Scribbler

2018 Essex Life May Edition

2018 Pastel Artists of New Zealand International artist feature