MICHELE ASHBY

Passionate about pastels

With a very successful career in Graphic Design, I have recently found the perfect work/life balance in a new career as an artist. 

I have a BA (Hons) degree in Graphic Design and forged a successful career including running my own business for roughly 25 years. More recently I started to use pastels, loving the vibrancy and immediacy of colour and was hooked.

As well as being juried into the Pastel Society of America's Enduring Brilliance Exhibition, NYC and winning the Chartpac Inc. Mussini prize for distinctive accomplishment in pastel, I have recently gained signature member status with the Pastel Society of America.

I have been selected or preselected by four London Art Societies; The Pastel Society, The Royal Society of Marine Artists, the Society of Women Artists as well as the Society of British Artists at the Mall Galleries, London. I also won Best in Show at the Institute of East Anglian Artists.

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

​Group Exhibitions
2019/20 Pastel Society of America 47th Annual Enduring Brilliance and selected to exhibit at 
          The Butler Institute of American Art
2018/19 Pastel Society of America 46th Annual Enduring Brilliance and selected to exhibit at 
          The Butler Institute of American Artt
2018 Russell Gallery Winter Exhibition, London
2018 Ecclestone Art Christmas Present exhibition, London
2018 International Association of Pastel Societies 33rd Exhibition - Webshow
2018 Enduring Brilliance Pastel Society of America Exhibition, NYC
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, The Gallery Picturecraft, Norfolk

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Mall Galleries, London
2019 Society of Women Artists Exhibition
2019 The Pastel Society (Preselected)
2018 Society of Women Artists Exhibition
2018 Royal Society of Marine Artists (SOLD)
2018 The Pastel Society (Preseleced)
2017 Society of Women Artists Exhibition
2017 The Pastel Society
2017 Royal Society of Marine Artists (Sold)
2017 Royal Society of British Artists (Preselected)  

 

Awards

2019 June FASO Boldbrush Fav15%

2019 Pastel Guild of Europe Get Dusty - February

2019 January FASO Boldbrush Fav15%

2018 Elected Provisional Member of the Institute of East Anglian Artists

2018 September FASO Boldbrush Fav15%

2018 Chartpak Inc. Award Enduring Brilliance Pastel Society of America Exhibition NYC

2018 Signature Member of The Pastel Society of America

2018 August FASO Boldbrush Fav15%

2018 July FASO Boldbrush Fav15%

2018 June Outstanding Pastel FASO Boldbrush

2018 June FASO Boldbrush Fav15%

2018 May FASO Boldbrush Fav15%

2018 April FASO BoldbrushFav15%

2018 Unison Colour Associate Artist

2018 Pastel Guild of Europe Get Dusty - March

2018 Pastel Guild of Europe Get Dusty - April

2018 Member of the Pastel Guild of Europe

2017 Institute of East Anglian Artists (awarded best in show)

Publications

2018 Artists & Illustrators Magazine Fresh paint feature

2018 Pastel Guild of Europe Scribbler

2018 Essex Life May Edition

2018 Pastel Artists of New Zealand International artist feature