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Raleigh North Carolina

Birth year

Lives in
Los Angeles

Works in
Los Angeles


Western Carolina University, 2002, BA Theatre Arts

studio-lofts modern painting, abstract




As a young girl growing up in the rural woods of North Carolina, the unharnessed, pulsating energy of far away cities inspired my imagination.  Twenty years later and living in Los Angeles, the movement, lines, and rhythm of the city still capture my imagination and serve as inspiration for my artwork.

Through bold, abstract expression, I attempt to incorporate the implied visual of densely populated, urban landscapes with the raw, gritty texture of industrial areas. The combination of these elements is intended to evoke a powerful sense of unrestrained, vitality to the viewer.

My process begins with my ipod. I listen to music to ground me in the body and carbonate me emotionally.  With a palette knife, I then apply several thick layers of bold color by scraping paint across wood panels or canvas. I follow by incorporating strong accents of black through out the piece.  Finally, I introduce resin into the process to render added depth and to convey a modern, veneer surface to the artwork.

During my early days as an artist, my goal was to create work as close to realism as possible.  As I’ve grown older, more complex, and layered through my life experience, I’ve come to realize life is a fluid, at times abstract happening - not a rigid experience defined by lines.  With time my work naturally began to shift, reflecting that understanding.  Proof, once again, art truly does imitate life.

Recent Exhibits

ASHLEIGH SUMNER participated in these exhibits:

Jul, 2014 Pop Momentum
Artspace Warehouse
Dec, 2013 Los Angeles Art Association Open Show
Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825
Mar, 2013 SILENCES
Galería Víctor Saavedra
Mar, 2013 3w
Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock
Nov, 2012 SCHEIBEL + SUMNER Rise. Fall. Repeat
Jun, 2012 ZERO HOUR
The Whole 9 Gallery
Click here to see all exhibits for ASHLEIGH SUMNER
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