work investigates themes of the history of illustration in painting,
the philosophical connotations of the romantic, and paradox. Often his
work negotiates boundaries between illusions of purity, historically
identified “beauty”, and the technologically mundane. Ashcraft
attempts to pose questions in relevance to his personal history, which
emanates from the confused landscape of Montana where often the detritus
of urban culture and sprawl exist simultaneously with sublimely vast
ideals of nature. His work is multifaceted, often dealing with subjects
and material that traverse the territory between the highly autobiographical,
art historical, and the fantastic to find voice and concern within contemporary
art. His treatment of materials varies in great degree from the painterly
to the sculptural, often fusing aspects of both into singular works.
Objects and images of commonality become vehicles for the fantastical
and conduits for expressing a range of personal concerns varying from
the cerebral to the visceral.
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