Zener Schon Gallery

ASHLEIGH SUMNER Los Angeles

 

Sumner’s works are visually captivating and compelling as she continues to explore the relationship of the dichotomy of good and bad through her eleven new works on view at Zener Schon Contemporary Art.   She depicts personalities from history and pop culture who reflect the tension – those who were both idolized and condemned by society and the public at large.  In this exhibition, Sumner expands her oeuvre of paintings by using actual hand written letters from JFK, Eleanor Roosevelt, Martin Luther King, John Lennon, Tupac Shakur, Benazir Bhutto and other great political icons and poets.  The authors may be deceased, but their words are relevant to today.

Assembled with various mediums including: spray paint, house paint, silk screens, inks,  Sumner uses layering of materials to create a depth in her work.  Sumner has spent years collecting found paper around the world such as; poetry readings, political flyers, gay club advertisements, and concerts.

About Ashleigh Sumner

Much of Sumner’s work is heavily inspired by industrial areas, inner city life, and political/social movements of the past and present. Sumner’s mixed media process often involves iconic images along with material used from found street flyers.  These images are printed and applied repeatedly to wooden canvases creating multiple stacked and torn layers of distress paper imagery. In Sumner’s most recent work, she has begun to incorporate a silk screening process. Her natural love of text is often implemented through out her pieces by incorporating pages from books of poetry, verse, lyrics and theatrical plays in a way that often makes a political or social statement involving class, gender, poverty and equality. The heavy use of spray paint or “graffiti ramblings” is repeated over and over again, illegibly, often as a single song lyric, poem or historic quote.  House paint is applied, scrapped and splattered through out the work then partially sanded away with an industrial hand sander to achieve a distressed visual.  Lastly, several heavy layers of resin are added to each to create a smooth, modern finish to the gritty artwork underneath.

Ashleigh Sumner is a self-taught artist living and working out of the Arts District in Downtown, Los Angeles.  Born in 1979, Sumner received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Western Carolina University.  Sumner has exhibited nationally and internationally.  Her works is in private collections, such as in Hong Kong, London, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

Sumner proudly curated in 2012 “Street Preachers: An Exhibition of Female Street Artists in Los Angeles” at the Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock in east L.A. “Street Preachers” was awarded grants from both the Pasadena Art Alliance and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

 

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  • SinnerManfullimage

    "Sinner Man Where You Gonna Run To"

    60" x 60" Mixed Media, Spray Paint, House Paint, Silk Screen, and Ink on Birch Panel with Veneer Finish, 2016 "Handwriting by Tupac Shakur and Jimi Hendrix"

  • EleanorRoosevelt:JFK

    "Eleanor Roosevelt Meets JFK"

    44" x 44" House Paint, Ink and Silk Screen, and Spray Paint on Birch Panel Finished with Resin, 2016 "Handwriting by Eleanor Roosevelt and JFK"SOLD

  • InMyLife

    "In My Life"

    44" x 44" House Paint, Ink and Silk Screen, Mixed Media, and Spray Paint on Birch Panel, Finished with Resin, 2016 "Handwriting by John Lennon"

  • JimiHotPink

    "Jimi Was A Rockstar IV"

    40" x 40" Acrylic, Spray Paint, Mixed Media, Silk Screen, and Ink on Birch Panel Finished with Resin, 2016 "Handwriting by Jimi Hendrix"

  • Jimi

    "Jimi Was A Rockstar III"

    40" x 40" Acrylic, Spray Paint, Mixed Media, Silk Screen, and Ink on Birch Panel Finished with Resin, 2016 "Handwriting by Jimi Hendrix"SOLD

  • NoPressure.No diamonds

    "No Pressure. No Diamonds"

    42" x 72" House Paint, Spray Paint, Silk Screen and Ink on Birch Panel with Veneer Finish, 2016 "Handwriting by Martin Luther King and Eleanor Roosevelt "

  • DEEP TRUST HIGH HOPES_Sumne_,acrylic mixedmediaOnWood,96_x96_18000_lowres

    "Deep Trust. High Hopes"

    96" x 96" Acrylic, Spray Paint, Oil Pastel, and Mixed Media on Panel with Resin Finish, 2014

  • BlessedwithBeauty&Rage_48x48lowres

    "Blessed with Beauty and Rage"

    48" x 48"Acrylic, Spray Paint, Oil Pastel and Mixed Media on Panel, 2015

  • WhenWeWereKingsHighRes

    "When We Were Kings"

    44" x 44”Mixed Media, House Paint, Spray Paint, Silk Screen, and Ink on Birch Panel with Veneer Finish, 2016 "Handwriting from the James Bay Treaty"SOLD

  • ThePath

    "I Used to Be Great"

    44" x 44”Mixed Media, Spray Paint, House Paint, Silk Screen and Ink on Birch Panel with Veneer Finish, 2016

  • IWillNotLose

    "I Will Not Lose. Ever."

    50" x 36" Spray Paint, Silk Screen and India Ink on Paper, 2015

  • KillerKarma

    "Killer Karma"

    50" x 36" Spray Paint, Silk Screen and India Ink on Paper, 2015

  • Supreme

    "Supreme"

    60" x 72"Acrylic, Spray Paint, Oil Pastel and Mixed Media on Panel, 2015

  • FuckPretty

    "Fuck Pretty"

    48" x 48"Acrylic, Spray Paint, Oil Pastel and Mixed Media on Panel, 2015

  • GreatFuturelowres

    "In This Great Future You Can't Forget Your Past"

    72" x 60"Acrylic, Spray Paint, Oil Pastel and Mixed Media on Panel, 2015

  • beautiful  uprising

    "Beautiful Uprising"

    36" x 36"Acrylic, Spray paint, Oil Pastel, Mixed Media, and Resin on Panel

  • Dysfunctional Family

    "Dysfunctional Family "

    12" x 12" (triptych)Acrylic, Mixed Media, Spray Paint and Oil Pastel on Panel and Resin, 2015