The Art of Ashley Wood
Unless you count joyfully imbibing Archie and Dennis the Menace as a child, I really can’t claim to be a comic book reader of any kind. In fact, I’ve always quietly pointed my finger, giggled and rolled my eyes at nerdy types who indulge in the format – including friends. Possibly because of the proliferation of [mostly] guys who seem to enter another dimension talking about anything comic related. Most likely because I’ve never taken the time to enjoy modern comic books at their best.
Recently I’ve been introduced to a few series of critically acclaimed comics by a special friend of mine, and it’s been quite an eye-opening experience. Comics have come a long way, and that is both in terms of artwork and writing.
My friend recently had a birthday and I took it upon myself to try and find him some nice and unusual artwork, from the genre. I knew he liked a few artists: Paul Pope, Gabriel Ba and Ben Templesmith were all contenders… and then there was Ashley Wood.
Ashley Wood, is Australian and from Perth [as is Ben Templesmith], and is a highly acclaimed artist of many media and genres. He’s worked on Judge Dredd, Tank Girl, Metal Gear Solid and many others in comic form, as well as contributing to major film, music and other video games. His career is impressive:
I especially love the way he paints women. This painting reminds me of Goya. It’s beautifully dark and dense and l love the shades of yellow and brown. Without the title graphics, I would hang this on my wall.
He always paints women as powerful beings, with an interesting combination of angles and curves.
Again, minus graphics, this is a beautiful piece. Some may call it pornographic, but I call it art.
Ashley Wood obviously has a fine appreciation for the womanly figure. I enjoy his titillation and respectful, yet sexy portrayals. More comic book artists could take a leaf from his book.
The really wonderful thing about Ashley Wood is that I ordered a couple of picture books from his website for my friend’s birthday, and was thrilled to receive an original drawing and handwritten thanks from the man himself, just for purchasing a couple of small, inexpensive books of his artwork.
One day, I’d love to have one of his works on my wall.