Ashton S. Phillips is a process and materials-driven interdisciplinary artist, working primarily in sculpture, installation, and participatory performance. He recently relocated to the Los Angeles area from the high desert of Northwest New Mexico, where he kept an active studio surrounded by undeveloped desert wilderness and taught therapeutic art-making to adolescents recovering from trauma.
Ashton studied visual arts at the University of Chicago and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, PA, and is an MFA candidate in the Maryland Institute College of Art’s Studio Art program.
He maintains an active exhibition schedule, with over 40 recent exhibitions across the United States, including recent national and international juried exhibitions in Los Angeles, CA, and Santa Fe, NM. His work is held in the permanent collection at the Museum of Encaustic Art in Santa Fe, NM, (“Mysterium’), the Santa Maria de Vid Norbertine Abbey in Albuquerque, NM, (“Our Lady of the Ancient Well”), Positive Energy Solar in Albuquerque, NM, (“Helios Rising”), and in private collections across the United States. Ashton’s work has been featured in the Santa Fe Reporter (“Mysterium”), Albuquerque – The Magazine (“Helios Rising”), the Gallup Independent (“Exposure” show), and Asymmetric Magazine (“Dark Magic” Series).
Ashton maintains gallery affiliations with the Los Angeles Art Association’s Gallery 825 in Los Angeles, CA, SoLA Contemporary in Los Angeles, CA, the Venice Institute of Contemporary Art in Venice Beach, CA, the Encaustic Art Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico.