Upstairs at Gallery 286 is a traditional Victorian living room with rich red walls, pictures rails and elaborate mouldings. Within this space Sasha will hang works from my 'Taking Liberties with the Masters' , series; where she intervenes with oil paint on bookpages and postcards of Old Master Paintings; which are then re-presented in antique frames. The artists Sasha chooses to 'intervene' with are all artists she admires for their technical skill and craft. She likes to remove or cloak the faces and hands of the portraits and instead concentrate on extending/subverting the folds of cloth, lacy ruffs or ribbons and create new images with new connotations.
Downstairs the space is a contemporary white walled gallery space; within which Sasha will inhabit a 'room construction' formed from old stretcher frames; which once lit will create a further shadow room. The visual allusion of frames joined together references the 'Salon Hangs' , when paintings were hung floor to ceiling in the Academies.
Sasha Bowles lives and works in London. She completed her MA at Wimbledon College of Art in 2013. In the past few years she has been selected to exhibit in various opens including: The Crash Open & Photo and Print Open (Charlie Dutton), Discernible (Zeitgeist Arts), Barbican Arts Trust, The Lynn Painter Stainers, The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (invited artist) and The Discerning Eye (winning the Benton Prize).
In 2014 she was selected for Oriel Davis, The Open West, Future Map and Discerning Eye. She co-curated and exhibited in ‘Bodies That Matter’ at ArtLacuna and co-produced The Bodies That Matter 3 publication. She also exhibited in a 4-man show ‘A Virtual Topography’, at Husk Gallery.
In 2015 Bowles has exhibited in group exhibitions at Standpoint Gallery, Husk Gallery, Day and Gluckman, The Crypt Gallery, Lubomirov Angus-Hughes and The Display Gallery.
In 2016 she organised & co-curated COUNTER_FITTERS- a site specific exhibition involving 17 artists at the Geddes Gallery, King’s Cross. From March to June she is exhibiting in Complicity, Artifice & Illusion at Collyer Bristow, curated by Rosalind Davis. In May this year she has a solo exhibition
doo-plis-i-tee opening at 286 Gallery, London.
Sasha Bowles has work in the UAL collection and private collections in Britain, Europe and America.