Ashleigh Sumner’s is heavily inspired by industrial areas, inner city life, and political/social movements of the past and present. Sumner’s mixed media process often involves iconic images along with material used from found street flyers. These images are printed and applied repeatedly to wooden canvases creating multiple stacked and torn layers of distress paper imagery. In Sumner’s most recent work, she has begun to incorporate a silk screening process. Her natural love of text is often implemented through out her pieces by incorporating pages from books of poetry, verse, lyrics and theatrical plays in a way that often makes a political or social statement involving class, gender, poverty and equality. The heavy use of spray paint or “graffiti ramblings” is repeated over and over again, illegibly, often as a single song lyric, poem or historic quote. House paint is applied, scrapped and splattered through out the work then partially sanded away with an industrial hand sander to achieve a distressed visual. Lastly, several heavy layers of resin are added to each to create a smooth, modern finish to the gritty artwork underneath.
Sumner’s work depicts personalities from history and pop culture who reflect the tension of those who were both idolized and condemned by society and the public at large.
Assembled with various mediums including: spray paint, house paint, silk screens, inks, Sumner uses layering of materials to create a depth in her work. Sumner has spent years collecting found paper around the world such as; poetry readings, political flyers, gay club advertisements, and concerts. in which she uses in her collage style works.
Ashleigh Sumner is a self-taught artist living and working out of the Arts District in Downtown, Los Angeles. Born in 1979, Sumner received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Western Carolina University before moving West to L.A.
Recent Acquisitions include:
Lynda Resnick – Owner, Fiji Water and Pom Juice
Carol Lui – California State Senator
Tomas Jegeus – Vice President Fox Studios
Hannah & Derek Jeter – Super model and MLB professional athlete
Eric Goodwin – NBA agent, Goodwin Sports Management
Richard “Rip” Hamilton – professional athlete, NBA
Vivica A. Fox – Actress, entrepreneur
Robin Weigert – Actress
Lindsey Berg – Professional athlete, four-time Olympian and captain of U.S. women’s indoor volleyball
60" x 60" Acrylic, Spray Paint, Mixed Media, Silk Screen, and Ink on Panel with Finished Resin
40" x 30" Mixed Media, Spray Paint, , Silk Screen, and Ink on Panel with Finished Resin
"You May Say I'm A Dreamer"
60" x 60" Acrylic, Spray Paint, Mixed Media, Silk Screen, and Ink on Panel Finished with Resin
"Man in Black"
54" x 54" Acrylic, Spray Paint, Mixed Media, Silk Screen, and Ink on Panel Finished with Resin
48” x 36”Mixed Media, Spray Paint, and Acrylic on Panel with Resin Finish
36” x 60”Mixed Media and Acrylic on Panel with Resin Finish
48” x 40” Spray Paint, Silk Screen and India Ink on Paper, Framed
"I Will Not Lose. Ever."
50" x 36" Spray Paint, Silk Screen and India Ink on Paper, Framed
12" x 12" Spray Paint, Silk Screen and India Ink on Paper
"Dysfunctional Family "
12" x 12" (triptych)Acrylic, Mixed Media, Spray Paint and Oil Pastel on Panel and Resin