Saturday, July 9, 2011

Ashmore Shows Photographic Work in National Juried Exhibit at Austin Gallery

Originally published on Facebook, Wednesday, October 13, 2010 at 10:29am.

11 October 2010 – Richard Allen Ashmore, a national award-winning photographer, has been selected to show his photograph The Poet, 2006 in the juried exhibit 'Essence: The Truth in the Portrait' in Austin at Austin Details Art + Photo Gallery from 14 – 30 October 2010. The exhibit's opening reception will take place at the gallery on Friday, October 15, from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. The public is invited to attend the opening reception and admission is free.

Ashmore’s photograph was selected for exhibit along with work from nine other artists from throughout the United States. 'Essence: Portrait' is a nationally competitive photography exhibit, produced and juried by Jann Alexander founder/director of Austin Details Art + Photo Gallery.

In addition to the jury-selected work, the exhibit also will highlight art by internationally acclaimed portrait photographer William Coupon. Coupon, an artist from New York City, has photographed numerous United States presidents, world leaders, and entertainment and sports celebrities, among other iconic figures.

Like Coupon, all jury-selected artists in this exhibit have taken a non-traditional approach to portraiture. "We’re presenting ten artists who portray their subjects’ hidden qualities--the essence--in their portraits", said Alexander.

Ashmore's work, The Poet, 2006, is a portrait of Michael Frels, an artist Ashmore knew when he lived in Lubbock, Texas. The image, taken at a quaint coffee shop, is a composite digital photograph. "It was Michael's idea to shoot a panoramic portrait", said Ashmore. "Shooting a near life-sized composite portrait can be very tedious and time-consuming, and Michael's expression gives this photograph an intimacy and a timelessness all its own . . . he was as much an artist in front of my camera that night as he is with his own creative endeavors."

This is the third time The Poet, 2006 has been selected for juried exhibitions in Texas, being selected for display at 'Illuminance 2007', at the Buddy Holly Center in Lubbock, and for 'The Texas Photographic Society's 23rd Annual Members' Only Show', at the Dishman Art Museum at Lamar University in Beaumont.

A geologist, biologist and artist, Ashmore’s documentary work reveals his interests and professional training in the sciences, art, human nature, history, and architecture. Many of his photographs are high-resolution composite panoramic images. Over the past several years, he has experimented with and employed low and wide-angle techniques to give his photographs a sense of intimacy, producing for the viewer an illusion of being with the photographer at the time the photographs were taken. Many of his photographic subjects have been affected by human interaction and, thus, reflect part of the human condition and society's impact on the environment and each other.

Ashmore is represented in Texas by Pinehurst Gallery in Orange and The Spirit of the West Gallery in Alpine. Since 2006, he has presented work in 33 exhibits, including 11 national juried exhibitions, four solo exhibitions, and seven invitation-only exhibitions. He has been awarded two national first place awards at juried exhibitions and has work permanently archived and on display at Texas Tech University’s Southwest Collection and Lamar University’s Department of Earth and Space Sciences in addition to numerous private collections. The Poet, 2006, as well as other of his work, can be viewed at Ashmore’s website.

Gallery Online Announcement
The Poet, 2006
16.3 X 37.6 inches (41.5 X 95.5 cm)
Copyright 2006 Richard Allen Ashmore - All Rights Reserved.

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