Ashton S. Phillips is an award-winning expressive abstract painter, who lives and keeps his studio in a particularly untamed and serenely beautiful stretch of remote high desert in Northwest New Mexico. He moved to this desert wilderness in 2016 to pursue full-time studio work, after falling for the fearsome beauty and expansive tranquility of the place.
A lifelong creative, Ashton received his formal fine arts training at the University of Chicago, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and the Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia, PA, where he concentrated on painting and expressive art making. Ashton maintains an active exhibition schedule, with over 30 recent exhibitions across the United States and recent juried exhibitions in Los Angeles, CA, Santa Fe, NM, Albuquerque, NM, and Philadelphia, PA. His work is held in the permanent collection at the Museum of Encaustic Art in Santa Fe, NM, and in private collections across the United States. Ashton also recently completing his first public mural commission for Positive Energy Solar in Albuquerque, NM, as part of Albuquerque’s MuralFest 2018.
Ashton maintains gallery affiliations with the Los Angeles Art Association’s Gallery 825 in Los Angeles, CA, the Venice Institute of Contemporary Art, in Venice Beach, CA, Ghostwolf Gallery in Albuquerque, NM, and the Encaustic Art Institute in Santa Fe, NM.
When Ashton is not working on his own paintings, he teaches private art lessons out of his studio and facilitates expressive art therapy sessions with at-risk youth in Gallup, NM.