Phil Ashcroft explores ideas of narrative and the spectacle within landscape. Combining influences from abstract expressionism, British landscape painting, Japanese woodcuts, and graphic street art, Ashcroft integrates varied styles to present a vision of environmental, financial and political threat, creating a world of semi-surreal settings, cartoon-like motifs and the detritus of the modernist ideals of the past.
Solo exhibitions include Toxicity, Margaret Harvey Gallery, UH Galleries, St Albans (2006); Yeti In Hong Kong, EXIT, Hong Kong (2005) and Nitro Deluxe, Deptford X, London (2001). Ashcroft was a finalist in the Celeste Art Prize 2007 and selected for Contemporary Art Society’s ARTfutures 2007 and 2005, Bloomberg SPACE, London.
Group exhibitions include Intervention Intervention, Fishmarket Gallery, Northampton (2011); Heart of Glass, Concrete and Glass, London (2008); Wonder Island, Schwartz Gallery, London (2008); The Golden Record, The Collective Gallery, Edinburgh touring to The Lincoln Collection and g39, Cardiff (2008-09); Out of the Box and in The Garman Ryan Collection, New Art Gallery, Walsall (2007-08).
Ashcroft also exhibits as 'PhlAsh' collaborating on live-painting projects in galleries and alternative spaces from street locations to shops. These have included No Soul for Sale, Tate Modern, London (2010); Cans 2 Festival, London (2008); Special Relationship, Scion Space, Los Angeles (2008), Elephant Technique, Village Underground
(2006), All The People We Like Are Dead, London (2004), and Graffiti Meets Windows 1, Hank-Yu Department Store, Osaka (2002). Works are held in public and private collections worldwide. Corporate commissions include projects for Amnesty International (UK), British Film Institute, Levis, Nike Town, Royal Mail, Sony PSP and Yahoo (UK).