John Ashley-Pryce was born in England, spent most of his life in Vancouver, Canada and now lives and paints in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. His studies and career spanning four decades were devoted entirely to architecture and commercial interior planning and design. His passion for buildings and detail is carried into his artwork.
John is largely a self-taught artist, taking inspiration from realist painters such as Richard Estes, Ken Danby, Mary Pratt and Alex Colville. His work is photorealistic and depicts details of overlooked urban scenes reflected in the walls of mirror that line city streets. Signs and posters all appear reverse in the reflected views. He paints with a realistic approach to images of interiors and exteriors that draw our attention to normally unnoticed details.
John is fascinated by the city, its visual complexity and constant state of flux. His urban landscapes attempt to capture a single moment in the ever-changing vista and give vision to our experience of living within the city.
The subjects are not romanticized but show the simple beauty and interest of our everyday surroundings. For John, it is no longer about searching out a beautiful subject to make a beautiful painting; it is about the ability of light to transform a scene and create a painting that will get people thinking anew about their surroundings
"Urban Details" solo exhibition at Galería Contempo / Puerto Vallarta
February 22 - March 8, 2019
"Street Scenes" solo exhibition at Galería Contempo / Puerto Vallarta
November 24 - December 7, 2017
"Urban Landscapes" solo exhibition at Galería Contempo / Puerto Vallarta
November 18 - December 2, 2016
John Ashley-Pryce has been showing his artwork at Galería Contempo since October 2015.