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Rickmansworth artist showcases Tube-inspired works at London exhibition
AN ARTIST from Rickmansworth will showcase a unique collection of Tube-inspired paintings at a prestigious London exhibition next weekend.
Ross Ashmore, 54, of Valley Road, is currently working on an ambitious three-year project to paint all 450 stations within the Underground network.
The married father-of-three, who works in a studio at his home, has so far completed Zone 1 - 63 works in total as Blackfriars station is currently closed - including Elephant and Castle, Embankment and Paddington.
Mr Ashmore told the Gazette: "Some people hate the Tube but I have always loved catching the train and I am fascinated by the history and archaeology of the Underground, which I think is often taken for granted.
"The paintings are created very spontaneously using special industrial oils and they have a textured, expressionist feel to them.
"Each station has a particular meaning to passengers who use them regularly and some of the paintings have already been purchased by people in the UK and as far afield as Hong Kong."
Mr Ashmore, who also enjoys sculpting and life drawing, will exhibit his creations at the United Artists Fair, in the historic Chelsea Old Town Hall, Kings Road, London.
The three-day event, the largest of its kind in Britain, attracts thousands of visitors to view and buy the work of as many as 170 artists.
The fair opens on Friday evening (invitation only) with free public admission on Saturday and Sunday.
For more information, visit www.untitledartistsfair.co.uk
Return to this site for a more indepth feature about Mr Ashmore's work next week.
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