Ashley Longshore is a highly accomplished pop artist who has taken the art world by storm. Her use of color, content and particular subjects is unique, gorgeous and daring, just like Ashley herself. Her work also tells a bold story and Longshore does not hold back. The globally recognized pop artist is at a pivotal moment in her career, has been compared to Andy Warhol by both Town & Country Magazine and The New York Post, noting the similarity in their obsession with pop culture icons and current brands. Ashley’s vivacious personality and bold artwork has been featured in major publications in the United States and abroad including; Vogue, Elle, Travel & Leisure, Details Magazine, Dujour, Harper’s Bazaar Singapore, and French GQ among others. Recently, I had the chance to speak with her and to say I was thrilled is an understatement.
Ashley Longshore has expanded beyond belief. She now sells furniture, beaded bags and has released a book, titled “You Don’t Look Fat, You Look Crazy.” She is everywhere and deserves it all. Ashley has put the work in and her talent alone is mesmerizing!
The Chairs in her collection are a reflection of the images in her paintings. These chairs all showcase embroidered images or phrases from her artwork. Longshore loves a great statement piece in any room of your home whether it’s a chair or a painting.
I personally Love her clutches! The Hand beaded clutch with sequins, rhinestones, beads, contrast zipper tape, and an intricately beaded tassel. There is a cotton lining with butterfly print and an interior pocket featuring an Ashley Longshore self-portrait and signature. Includes limited edition dust bag with portrait and signature.
GM: Ashley, I so appreciate your time doing this interview. I admire your work so much. I, as well, am from Louisiana and you are New Orleans (NOLA) based so being an admirer of your work and your views made this interview even more exciting. Do you feel the culture of NOLA (and the south in general) inspires your work?
You are very welcome Elisabeth! I think my views are swayed because I was raised in the south. I was raised to be a trophy wife, garden clubbing, junior leaguing, Mercedes Benz, kid hauling southern woman… I think being so different from that and really being interested in the role of women in society and wanting so much more out of life has influenced my work greatly, but it’s a much more global ‘thang’ than just the south.
GM: I notice that you mix floral, fashion icons, pop icons, a touch of the southern culture and major love for Audrey and Frida in your work. These are some of my favorite elements and caught my eye from day one. What inspired you to fuse these subjects, as you have done so effortlessly?
I paint imagery that brings me joy and to is surrounded by such colorful beauty makes me feel safe from the outside world. What I paint starts with a feeling and the imagery then follows.
GM: I know that you are a self-taught artist and did not start until college. Did you ever face self-doubt or think, “Can I do this?”
ABSOLUTELY… that still happens. It takes a lot of bravery to put your inner thoughts out there and these are why I believe artists should self-represent and keep 100% of their profits. Working with galleries and giving up 50% IS WAY TOO MUCH to give up. Also, the self-doubt keeps you humble and real and grateful. Actually, you can still be confident and have self-doubt. It’s a weird balance but that is how it goes when you are an artist and pushing yourself to the limits.
GM: It is hard to be vulnerable and put yourself “out there.” How do you stay motivated? I follow you on Instagram and cannot believe the pace you keep.
I am ALIVE and inspired and motivated and excited about all of the opportunity in the world! How can someone not be motivated? I will never have enough time in my life to create everything I want to create—that is my philosophy NOW is the time. NOW!
GM: You are so strong and positive. I love your message about never giving up through the ups and downs and that only YOU can make your own destiny. How do you stay so focused?
I want to keep my energy focused and directed in a way that brings positivity back into my life. I want to focus on what I DO have, not what I DO NOT. I want to keep creating and learning. I want to see the world in a happy, colorful and beautiful way. For me, this is the only way and believe me, I deal with stressful madness constantly and haters and I BLOCK THEM OUT…. who said, ” If you fight with an eye for an eye then you end up blind”… If I am productive and I work then I will always win because that makes me happy and fulfilled.
GM: I adore the “Audrey paintings” with butterflies. Why do butterflies have such special meaning to you?
They represent the endless magic that is all around us if we take the time to look for it and we are all in metamorphosis constantly. Butterflies spend most of their life as a caterpillar and I like that thought.
GM: You have been recognized by Forbes as one of the “Leading Business Women in the South and have collaborated with major fashion brands, such as Chloe, Net-A-Porter, and Anthropologie, and most recently worked with New York’s, “Bryant Park Hotel” to create The Ashley Longshore Fashion Icons Suite. You are an incredible role model for women. I am assuming your motivation comes from different sources?
I am motivated by the opportunity of being an American Woman. The sky is the limit. Considering there are so many places in the world where there isn’t the freedom to be an entrepreneur. It would be really disrespectful, lazy and pathetic to NOT be motivated to do SOMETHING.
GM: I think your Artgasm business model is brilliant by incorporating fans and social media to promote your work and also inspiring other artists to do the same. Can you tell me a bit more?
It’s a platform for peeps who want special items that ONLY artgasm members can get. I wanted to do something cooler than pulling a damn print. I want to have things available for people who aren’t in the market yet for original paintings. Although so many of my artgasm members who are also clients. It’s been a huge success. I am really excited about the response from the members, which has been awesome so far.
GM: I also adore the concept of the “Selfie Project” (where people are encouraged to take a selfie that they feel represents their inner personality) not having a negative connotation. Are you still involved with this?
OF COURSE…. I love the variety of images people put out there are maybe, (just possibly) exactly how they want the world to see them. Therefore, within that image, they are confident and feel like their true self. I want to capture that energy. A whole wall of 500 smiling, radiant confident faces from around the world makes me sooo HAPPY!
GM: Lastly, what do you do for just pure fun that is not art related?
I play the guitar; I fish and I love to travel too much! I LOVE nature as it helps me reflect on all of this madness in the world.
Without a doubt, Ashley Longshore is an artistic inspiration and immensely talented. More importantly, she inspires us all with her brave approach to life. Longshore is constantly raising the bar by taking on new risks and through her unstoppable dedication to her work and learning. I can’t wait to see what is coming next.
You can up with Ashley Longshore Art through her website: www.ashleylongshore.com
Social Media: @ashleylongshoreart