Today we’d like to introduce you to Ashley (Abstraktash) Cole.
Ashley, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I started drawing at a very young age. I’ve always been passionate about art. I was born to create. While my friends were outside playing I was the kid who stayed in a colored and drew sketches of Mickey Mouse and other characters I loved. As I got older, I wanted to get into fashion design and I actually designed a few of my friend’s prom dresses in high school. I pursued a career in fashion design after high school but I didn’t have a passion to sew or learn patterns I just wanted to draw. It wasn’t until I was in a car accident in 2014 where I was injured and broke all the bones in my right hand, that I actually picked up a paintbrush. Painting abstract art was my therapy I haven’t stopped since. Though my style has changed, I never put the brush down.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I am an abstract artist, I go by “AbstraktAsh” I believe anything and anyone can be a canvas. I paint purses, clothing, canvas, and body-art. I use color and texture to convey certain feelings and emotions, as well as express my own. I use acrylic paint and other mediums to achieve different styles of abstract. I have a signature writing style that was inspired by growing up in the inner city of Watts, and a bold color pattern that was inspired by Basquiat. I typically paint because I have to. It’s something I must do. The act of creating inspires me to continue to create. The goal is for buyers and collectors to take with them a feeling of boldness, creativity, and believing in your higher self through color. My artwork will continue to evolve as I do.
Do you think conditions are generally improving for artists? What more can cities and communities do to improve conditions for artists?
I believe with social media the art community is growing vastly. More artist are able to network and have others view their work as well as make sales. People come to Los Angeles from other rural states just to pursue art careers, but I believe with the proper foundation, guidance and drive you can excel wherever you are Los Angeles included. I think we should encourage more exhibitions have open forums and just support one another as an artist.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
You can find most of my work on Instagram or my website that I’m currently finishing. Any upcoming shows or exhibitions will be posted there.