with host artist Miriam Schulman
Today’s guest is Ashley Longshore. We discuss her unique style of art, The Audrey Hepburn series, Ashley’s installation at Lizzie Tisch’s estate in The Hamptons and the infamous Kim Jong Un painting. We also talk about Ashley’s art collection, her work with Judith Leiber and her being the first New Orleans artist to have an installation at the Bergdorf Goodman.
00:56 Introductions and talk about Ashley’s team of multi media liaisons who among other things, help Ashley with the process of bedazzling.
02:50 Ashley talks about the inspiration behind her Audrey Hepburn paintings. She talks about how a Cecil Beaton picture and the Egyptian Queen Nefertiti inspire the paintings.
06:37 Ashley talks about her commitment to investing back into the art world by collecting art
08:09 Ashley talks about her Audrey Hepburn in a fishbowl painting. She talks about the concept and inspiration based on the metaphor that we all live in a fishbowl
09:17 Ashley explains the meaning behind the ‘Gucci Pig’ painting with an anecdote about ill fitting Gucci bots.
10:12 We learn about Ashley’s installation at Lizzie Tisch’s estate on The Hamptons. Ashley talks about the artwork on display at the installation and the time and effort it takes to get everything just right.
12:17 We learn more about Ashley’s personal life, what type of social environment she prefers and why she chose painting as a career
13:33 Ashley talks about the unfair rates creatives have to endure and how she has successfully managed to break free from the system and make real money from her work.
16:32 Brief discussion on upcoming projects
17:41 Ashley talks about her Kim Jong Un painting, how the ‘supreme leader’ meme and Trump’s visit to North Korea tickled her and inspired her to do the painting.
19:56 Brief discussion about the Audrey Hepburn bubblegum Instagram post.
21:22 We learn about Ashley’s art collection and which artists she likes
23:19 We learn about Ashley’s incredibly successful collaborations with Judith Lieber making designer handbags. The first set of handbags sold out instantly and a third series is now due this month.
24:17 We learn of Ashley’s great accomplishment as the first artist to have an installation at Bergdorf Goodman. Ashley talks about the work that went into an installation done entirely by herself. She thanks Linda Fargo for embracing her work.
27:11 Ashley shares advice for aspiring artists. She talks about the importance of patience, perseverance and the need to have self worth. Ashley advises on how to cope with negativity and get through the difficult moments in your artistic career.
28:42 We learn about those moments when Ashley feels sad and how she overcomes this feeling. Ashley talks about her love of music and dance and how she uses her Instagram to combat negativity and turn into optimism.
29:35 Ashley talks about a video she shared of Eric Cavanagh and how his dancing inspires her. She talks about the need to shun the cookie cutter imagery of the media and embrace your uniqueness
Ashley Longshore’s work is never shy of daring, in fact her art makes noise. The globally recognized pop artist, at a pivotal moment in her career, has been compared to Andy Warhol by both Town & Country Magazine and The New York Post, noting the similarity in their obsession with pop culture icons and current brands. Ashley’s vibrant personality and bold artwork has been featured in major publications in the United States and abroad including: The New York Times, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Elle, Travel & Leisure, InStyle, Details Magazine, Dujour, Harper’s Bazaar Singapore, and French GQ among others.
Her work, which has been described by client, friend and collaborator, Blake Lively as “Elegant yet Rebellious”, is a testament to her vivacious spirit. Touted by Fast Company Magazine as one of their “Most Creative People” and recognized by Forbes as one of the “Leading Business Women in the South”, Ashley has collaborated with major fashion brands, such as Chloe, Net—Porter, Mark Cross, luxury cosmetics brand Cle de Peau in designing their holiday 2016 packaging and most recently had a record-breaking exhibition at the luxury retailer Bergdorf Goodman. Linda Fargo of Bergdorf Goodman said, “People couldn’t get enough of her no-hold-barred, beautifully outrageous work. I think what’s so appealing about Ashley’s voice and imagery is that it’s outspoken, humorous and glamorous all at the same time. Her palette is loaded with paint, makeup, glitter, body politics and witticisms you wish you had thought of!” Ashley’s non-traditional approach to marketing her work via social media, public relations and collaborations represents a new wave in an industry that is undergoing its own digital revolution.
About the host, Miriam Schulman
In case we haven’t met yet, I’m a watercolor and mixed media artist. My art has been featured in numerous publications such as Somerset Studio, and I’m the founder of The Inspiration Place where I give my students stepping stones to create beautiful art as well as the emotional support they need to stay inspired. See the art I create at art.SchulmanArt.com or learn how to paint with me at TheInspirationPlace.net
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