Carly Ashdown


Carly’s earliest memories are of picking up a pencil and drawing pictures of people. Born with cerebral palsy, Carly spent countless hours concocting stories in her mind, illustrating them and bringing them to life through her sketches. From a very young age Carly was fascinated by human interaction and as a child these imaginative sketches were her way of processing the world around her. They helped her understand the world and her place in it. Despite a flourishing career in television, in organisations such as the BBC and Channel 4, eventually Carly’s instinct to draw and paint deposed her previous career path, and she began to hone her skill. She soon became fascinated by what paint is capable of and its ability to seduce the viewer through illusion. Explorations of how we come to understand ourselves, the world around us, and particularly the idea of personal transformation all act as inspiration behind the work you see before you. Carly delights in her style of painting; creating the illusionary quality of movement allows her to experience a feeling of release from her own physical limitations of living with a disability. Above all, here is an artist whose aim is to create beautiful pieces which are expressive, dynamic and vibrant; paintings that are a celebration of the human form and the beauty of movement and - most importantly - a celebration of life. “Whilst painting deeply challenges me, it also gives me a sense of freedom and limitless possibility, which is a feeling contrary to many other experiences in my day-to-day life” carly [B.1979, Bristol] ashdown Published by


Title - Lion Heart
Medium - Limited Edition on Canvas

Size - 24 x 24 inches

Edition - Edition of 95
Price - £550


Title - Rise
Medium - Limited Edition on Canvas

Size - 24 x 24 inches

Edition - Edition of 95
Price - £550