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Ashton's artwork investigates symbols of femininity while engaging and challenging the history of painting. The pieces subtly hover over craft, kitsch and the decorative, yet are approached with formal depth and reverence. Her practice is a continual exploration of material– forcing an understanding through manipulation, pushing each element beyond itself, while crossing boundaries and asking questions. Materials such as glitter and mylar are used to create a sense of attraction and distancing simultaneously; illusions of flatness combined with tactile qualities create optical interventions at every viewing distance. 



Born 1983, San Francisco, CA

Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA





2014-2016      Otis College of Art and Design, MFA, 2016


2008-10          BA, University of California Los Angeles: Women's Studies, Art History, English Literature


2007-08          UCLA Extension: Printmaking & Painting


2006-08          Santa Monica College: Ceramics, Drawing, Creative Writing, Women's Studies & Art History


2004               Study abroad in Tuscany, Italy, Art History & Oil Painting En Plein Air


2001-02          University California Santa Cruz, Fine Art Studies





2016               place of, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Bolsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

                       place, shapes, light, Window Installation, Long Beach, CA


2009               Figures and Forms, The Ranch, Los Angeles, CA





2017               note to self, elephant art space, Glassell Park, CA

                       FAR Bazaar, Cerritos College, Norwalk, CA

2016               Human Condition, Metropolitan Medical Center, West Adams, CA

                       MFA Biennial, juried exhibition, Brea Art Gallery, Brea, CA



2015               The Nature of Personal Reality, Bolsky Gallery, CA

                       UNICEF's Next Generation Art Party, Venice, CA

                       The Back Room, Otis Graduate Studios, Los Angeles, CA


2014               Thanks for the Mammaries, ForYourArt, Los Angeles, CA

                       Rifst Reys, Bolsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


2013               Two person show, Roseark Gallery, West Hollywood, CA

                       HotBed,  El Giardini del Paradiso, Tiburon, CA 

                       Tiburon Art Festival, Tiburon, CA


2012               HotBed, El Giardini del Paradiso, Tiburon, CA


2011               Chain Letter,  Shoshana Wayne Gallery,  Santa Monica, CA


2010               Tribes Art Symposium, Workspace Limited, San Francisco, CA


2009               Canvas Beats Cancer, The Ranch, Los Angeles, CA

                       T-Rains, The Ranch, Los Angeles, CA


2004               Lucca En Plein Air, Tuscany, Italy


2001               Undergrad Exhibition, University of California Santa Cruz, CA





2016               AICAD Teaching Fellowship Nominee


2014               Fellowship, Otis College of Art and Design


2010               Competition winner, Art Scene Today, featured artist Ashton Allen, 3rd Place Winner in: Abstractions of the Mind                                  

2009               Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society

2008-2010      University of California Los Angeles, Dean’s Honors List




2012               Knight of Cups, directed by Terrance Malick





2014               Maxwell Williams, “Thanks for the Mammaries”, GOOD Magazine, August, 2014 (featured image)


                       Isabel Wilkinson,  “Artist Turns Breast Cancer Into Cause for Humorous, Boob–Themed Art                                                                  Show”, NY Magazine, August, 2014 (featured image)


2013               Catherine Bigelow, “America's Cup hails its 3 new Hall of Famers”, SF Chronicle, August 2013


2010               Stephane Marquet and Aleksandar Tomovic, “Ashton Allen Art at The Ranch LA”,, Sept, 2010










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