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Dr Jesse Ash


  • Jesse Ash is a tutor in Painting, working with MA and Research students in the painting program and across the School of Arts & Humanities.

  • Biography

  • Jesse Ash is an artist working in a variety of media, exhibiting regularly in solo and group projects hosted by institutions, museums and commercial galleries worldwide.

    He has taught widely at a number of Fine Art programs in the UK including Goldsmiths, Central St Martins, Wimbledon college of Art, Camberwell College of Art, The Royal Academy Schools and Manchester Metropolitan University. He completed his MA in Painting at the RCA and a practice based Fine Art PhD at Goldsmiths College, London.

    For over 10 years Jesse Ash has developed an intimately crafted collage practice that has a close relation to his current painting process and has been included in exhibitions hosted by galleries and institutions such as:  Tanya Bonakdar New York, Tulips and Roses Brussels / Vilnius, Thaddeus Ropac Paris, Bonnefantenmuseum Maastrict, CA2M Madrid, Monito Rome, Mendes Wood DM Sao Paolo and BMoCA Colarado.

    His recent project Avoidance-Avoidance incorporates an evolving play in the form of a love story, performed amongst artworks that act like supporting props. The project has been performed in 5 languages and presented at Index – The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation Stockholm, CAC Bretigny Paris, Arnolfini Bristol, Museo Marino Marini Florence, Monitor Gallery Rome, Mendes Wood DM Sao Paolo, and at Stericher Herbst Graz. The project is being gathered as a single book publication due to be published 2018.

    His work extends to collaborative projects such as Tigers Mind which addresses ideas of authorship and improvisation conceived by Beatrice Gibson and Will Holder in collaboration with Alex Waterman, John Tilbury and Celine Condorelli and hosted by institutions such as Kunstverein Amsterdam, CAC Bretigny Paris, Index – The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation Stockholm and Kunstlerhaus Stuttgart.

     Other collaborative projects include the ongoing project The Moveable Column, which uses Kurt Schwitters’ Merzbau as a starting point for a radio talk show series broadcast live on Resonance FM to explore the possibilities of reconstruction, finitude, rehearsal, production, performance, and progress. The project was originally conceived, produced and presented in collaboration with artist Cally Spooner.

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  • Practice

  • Jesse Ash works with painting, collage, writing, performance, sculpture and film to explore perspectives on political history. Looking at how events are framed and presented – his work implicates the emotional, psychological, visual and geographic distances that lie between the individual and the political environment that surrounds us.

    Recent work looks at the political, emotional and material forms of concealment and transparency – looking in broader cultural terms at the political ‘transparencies’ of wiki leaks and Edward Snowden, more personally about trust, love and lying and at the same time, thinking materially in relation to methods of covering up, erasing, removing and excavating.

    Since completing his PhD on the subject of the political agency of rumour, Jesse Ash has used writing and speech as an integral part of his making process – manifesting either through published texts, essays, live events or performed scripts. 

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Selected work