GHOSTS IN THE MACHINE THE UNSETTLING ART OF BEN ASHTON

David Newton, Wylde, October 6, 2016

A longtime favourite of Wylde Magazine, artist Ben Ashton is a true anomaly in today's art world. Heavily influenced by the art of the past (especially portraiture), his predominantly figurative work is also relentlessly modern, displaying a feverishly enquiring mind that is constantly experimenting; he never pastiches. A mass of contradictions, he displays the classic introvert's self-sufficiency, whilst loving the mental thrill of collaboration. The nerve centre of his empire is a live-work space in North London that he shares with his wife, photographer Fiona Garden, and recent arrival Hiero, their son.