An important moment was the recognition that all the doodling I’d done over the course of my life meant something to me. I realised I am unhappy when I don’t create.
At the end of 2011 I completed my Diploma of Visual Art (Painting) at Chisholm Institute. Since then I’ve put on two solo exhibitions, one joint, been a part of many group shows and had stuff commissioned in NYC, Italy and Mexico.
I believe in the innate human creative spirit. The better we get at disconnecting from our conscious mind, the better we are at communicating our raw emotion and personal experiences. This to me is what makes an artist great, and is my ultimate aspiration - to demolish all walls which hold me back from a direct connection to my creative spirit.
I remind myself ceaselessly that we will all revert back to the void someday, and use that as inspiration to create and understand my own mythology. The ultimate truth 'we are born and we die' should inspire us all to constantly do better.
I am an escapist at heart. Nothing gets me more excited than exploring and becoming lost, be it in Art, Spotify or the Mojave Desert.
Ashleigh Darq was born and raised on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia. She studied Printing & Graphic Arts at RMIT TAFE which led her to a job in graphic design with a landscape company in 2008. This only seemed to reinforce her suspicion that she was not comfortable in an office environment and eventually she dived headfirst into a 2 year Diploma of Visual Arts with Chisholm TAFE in 2010.
After she completed her course at the end of 2011, she decided to make 2012 a year of focusing on global travel which she subsequently became addicted to. Since 2012 there hasn't been a single year without some form of overseas exploration.
2013 she was finally ready for her first solo exhibition of all the works inspired by her time working at a small seedy strip club in Frankston.
2015 was her second solo show 'Breaking Pattern'. It was a sell out show, and a complete success. Right after the success of this exhibition, Ashleigh headed off overseas for an undetermined amount of time. She gathered much inspiration from places such as LA, San Diego and ultimately NYC. It was in NYC that she studied a short course about acrylic painting under John Parks at the Art Student's League of New York.
2015 was also the year Ashleigh painted her sections on three canvases that she left with great friend, and fellow artist, Amanda Hayes. These pieces were then completed by Amanda and went on to set the tone for the collaborative 2017 exhibition 'Liquid Dreamers'. It was an exhibition of 8 pieces - 4 collaborative and 2 each solo. This show was also a complete success.
The Art Student's League of New York, New York, USA
2016 John Park's Acrylic Workshop (2 day course)
Chisholm TAFE, Frankston, AUSTRALIA
2010 - 2011 Diploma of Visual Art
The Spanish Cat, Fitzroy, AUSTRALIA
2012 - 2013 Level 1 & 2 Spanish
Coopertiva Spanish School, San Pedro de la Laguna, GUATEMALA
2012 Spanish Language Immersion (1 week course)
2009 Level 1 Japanese, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
2007 Cert IV Printing & Graphic Arts (Multimedia), Brunswick, AUSTRALIA
Commercial Work - freelance graphic design
Commissioned artworks - Private collections in Australia, Italy, USA, Mexico
2015 - 2016 Chalk board artist for La Rana Cansada Hotel, Playa del Carmen, MEXICO
2008 Graphic Designer/ Desktop Publisher at Tract Consultants, Richmond, VIC, AUSTRALIA
2017 (May) Liquid Dreamers - Framed Prints Exhibition @ The Workshop Bar, Melbourne AUSTRALIA
2017 (April) Liquid Dreamers @ Francesca's Bar, Northcote, VIC, AUSTRALIA
2015 Breaking Pattern @ Francesca's Bar, Northcote, VIC, AUSTRALIA
2013 Stripped @ E55, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
2016 Thug Life Magazine Group Show, Paris, FRANCE
2014 Mornington Art Exhibition @ Peninsula Community Theatre, Mornington, VIC, AUSTRALIA
2014 Camberwell Art Show @ Swinburne University, Hawthorn, VIC, AUSTRALIA
2013 Camberwell Art Show @ Swinburne University, Hawthorn, VIC, AUSTRALIA
2013 Casey Art Show, Berwick, VIC, AUSTRALIA
2012 Christmas Exhibition @ Nicecat Gallery, Northcote, VIC, AUSTRALIA
2011 Little Landscapes @ Brightspace Gallery, St Kilda, VIC, AUSTRALIA
2010 TAFE Group Show @ Chisholm TAFE, Frankston, VIC, AUSTRALIA
2010 Little Landscapes @ Brightspace Gallery, St Kilda, VIC, AUSTRALIA
Among several private collections around Melbourne, "Out Sticks" WA, as well as Worldwide - Milan, New York, Playa del Carmen.
Currently situated in hipster hub Brunswick, VIC, Australia.