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The Interview — Ashley Longshore, Artist and Gallery Owner

Artist and Gallery Owner

Ashley Longshore’s work is never shy of daring, in fact her art makes noise. The globally recognized pop artist, 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 vibrant personality and bold artwork has been featured in major publications in the United States and abroad including: The New York Times, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Elle, Travel & Leisure, InStyle, Details Magazine, Dujour, Harper’s, Bazaar Singapore, and French GQ among others. Her work, which has been described by client, friend and collaborator, Blake Lively as “Elegant yet Rebellious”, is a testament to her vivacious spirit. Touted by Fast Company Magazine as one of their “Most Creative People” and recognized by Forbes as one of the “Leading Business Women in the South”, Ashley has collaborated with major fashion brands, such as Chloe, Net-A-Porter, Mark Cross, luxury cosmetics brand Cle de Peau in designing their holiday 2016 packaging and most recently had a record-breaking exhibition at the luxury retailer Bergdorf Goodman. Linda Fargo of Bergdorf Goodman said, "People couldn't get enough of her no-hold-barred, beautifully outrageous work. I think what's so appealing about Ashley's voice and imagery is that it's outspoken, humorous and glamorous all at the same time. Her palette is loaded with paint, makeup, glitter, body politics and witticisms you wish you had thought of!" Ashley’s non-traditional approach to marketing her work via social media, public relations, and collaborations represents a new wave in an industry that is undergoing its own digital revolution. Be sure to follow Ashley at @ashleylongshoreart and @ashleylongshoreworld and check out her website www.ashleylongshore.com.

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May 28, 2018

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What made you want to pursue art as a career:

Ashley

I was born an artist. It pursued me.

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Your motto in life:

Ashley

The hotter the fire the stronger the steel.

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Your go-­to power outfit:

Ashley

My big chain, Adidas track pants, Proenza Schouler boots, diamonds up my arms and rings on every finger, and a smile. Plus three layers of shapewear.

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A secret talent we should know about:

Ashley

I can play the guitar.

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What do you love most about your work:

Ashley

I get to play everyday and get paid.

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What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced as an artist:

Ashley

Letting people realize I’m here. Making enough noise to be heard!

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Your favorite piece of clothing in your closet:

Ashley

My sleeveless tinsel cape by Rachel Burke.

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Your most memorable travel destination (and why):

Ashley

India—I’ve never cried so much from beauty—the color, the people, the spirit, the enthusiasm!

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Your favorite instagram account to follow:

Ashley

There’s no way to narrow that down to one—that’s like someone asking me my favorite sex position.

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Do you have a favorite piece of art? If so, what is it:

Ashley

I have a huge art collection—asking me my favorite piece is like asking me my favorite diamond—I love them all they are my babies.