Ashlyn Metcalf Biography
Acrylic painter Ashlyn Metcalf uses narrative as the driving force behind her work. Interested in creation myths, the hero’s journey, and dark themes she uses representational painting to create a world of magical realism. Photography has always been present in her work for painting reference, but recently Metcalf has started to incorporate photos that can stand alongside her narrative paintings. In progress is her Nova B-28 series that explores themes such as the contrast of day to night, axis mundi, and a strong female character that tumbles head long into ‘the other side’. In the piece ‘Guardian’ Metcalf incorporated the use of pink fluorescent paint on the back of the work. When hung with lights behind it, reflective pink color gives ‘Guardian’ an ethereal glow. Nova B-28 is an in progress series that starts with photography, beginning the story in the day and takes you through to night, paintings take over where photos leave off. And further down the line paintings become more cut out and wild. Metcalf is currently working on this series.
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