About the artist

By , 08/29/2009 8:21 am

I (Ashley Baldwin-Smith) am a member of the Cambridge Arts Movement and  regularly exhibit at the Williams Gallery, Gwyder Street Cambridge.

I work in a variety of media, oils and acrylics, metal, plaster and concrete. However, the found object is a recurring theme throughout my sculptures and mixed media work. Consequently, as the materials I use are so varied, my work takes many forms: From assemblages for hanging on walls to constructing robot like figures from surgical instruments. Whether it is; a surgical instrument, farm implement, part of train or car engine, the item keeps some of it’s original connotation but also takes on a new meaning. I like to think my artwork is environmentally friendly as in many cases the completed sculpture reflects what we throw away or dump. It is also exciting, as depending on what source or find I never really know what my next sculpture will be. I like to live with objects for a while, get to know them, until ideas form.

After leaving school I trained as an engineer, including advanced welding, fabrication and mechanical drawing and design. I worked for a number of years as a prototype engineer designing and constructing everything from roll cages for cars, food processing production units to computer rack systems. However, after and injury to my leg (now fully recovered) I decided to take a B.A Honours Art Degree where I was able to combine my engineering skills with my art.


7 Responses to “About the artist”

  1. Mrs Aurelija Mankiene says:

    If I dont have any Degree in Art is it posible to become an artist?

  2. Ashley says:

    Yes of course but a degree does help you focus and broaden your knowledge. It also encourages you to experiment with materials and processes that you might not otherwise be able to afford or learn.

  3. Carl says:

    Hi Ashley,
    I really enjoyed your artistic pictures and articles and noticed you are from Cambridge. My wife (Babs King) and I moved here this past summer and are opening a Pilates studio (Juice Pilates) later in March. We’d like to set you up with a free class. Babs is a certified Reformer and Mat Pilates instructor can adjust the session to your individual needs. You can reach her at Babs@JuicePilates.com , I’m sure she’d love to hear from you. Thanks and have a great day.

    Carl Protsch

  4. Hayley says:

    I love this painting it is so beautiful I think it is amazing.

  5. Chris says:

    In my art class my teacher asked us to research some tree paintings. I have looked at so many but these two that you’ve done are my favorite. Great job! I also really like your metal sculptures. I wish I could have the table. It looks like it took a lot of time. I like the motion that is given from the gears.

  6. Ashley says:

    Thanks Chris, I am very pleased you like my work. I do spend a lot of time sketching and just simply looking at trees.
    As for the metal sculpture – check back soon as I will posting more work up soon.
    Good luck with your studies.

  7. Adrian says:

    Hello Ashley, one of K Baldwin Smith’s portraits arrived in my studio for cleaning and conserving! It depicts an attractive young lady in a large hat- a red-head with green eyes, looking vaguely familiar from the movies! Picked up on Portobello Road- the painting I mean. May I email an image?

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