Jania Ashby

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Creating A Problem To Solve In Stone

To reflect on my work I must look to my travels and my experiences of living abroad. Resonating to the varied cultures I have been exposed to I have chosen an eclectic range of subjects. If there is a thread to be found most likely it is not always a conscious one. I have lived on a city-island and at other times near the sea; therefore, the marine themes. I have looked to the arts for a meaning of life; therefore, the masks, the dance shoes, the organic abstracts. Other inspirations come from reaction to a moment or a particular event.

With no formal training in stone sculpture, anything I have accomplished has come directly from working in the marble yards of Pietrasanta with the Italian artisans. My debt to them is enormous.

I now live and sculpt in Austin, Texas. My work is found in private collections in Singapore, Paris, Mexico City, California, Pennsylvania, Florida, New York, Washington D.C., Maryland and Texas.

Exhibitions and Shows

Forth Worth Petroleum Club ~ 2006
Forth Worth, Texas

Marco Island, Florida

Sculptors Dominion Invitational
2003, 2004, 2005
San Antonio, TX

Gary Osborne Fine Arts 2003
Port Aransas, TX
Texas Society of Sculptors Merit Artists ~ 2003
Rockport, TX

Sculptors Dominion Invitational ~ 2003
San Antonio, TX
Lake Travis Chamber of Commerce ~ 2000
Lakeway, TX
Sable V Gallery ~ 1999
Galveston, TX
Austin Visual Arts Association ~ 1999
Austin, TX

Sculp-Fest ‘98 ~ 1998
Umlauf Sculpture Gardens
Austin, TX
Tri-State Plus ~ 1996
Beaumont, TX

Texas Society of Sculptures ~ 1996
Dougherty Art Center
Austin, TX
Celebration of Texas Artist ~ 1995
Sable V Gallery
Wimberley, TX

Artists of the Gulf States ~ 1995
Corpus Christ, TX
Gallery Trestai
Austin, TX

Texas Society of Sculptures ~ 1994
Umlauf Sculpture Gardens
Austin, TX
Sculp-Fest ‘93 (Second Place) ~ 1993
Elisabet Ney Museum
Austin, TX

Spirits Eohes Gallery ~ 1992
Omni Hotel
Austin, TX
Sculp-Fest ‘92 ~ 1992
Umlauf Sculpture Gardens
Austin, TX

Texas Society of Sculptors ~ 1991
Four Seasons Hotel
Austin, TX
Gallery at Driskell ~ 1991
Austin, TX

Sculp-Fest ‘91 (Gold Medal) ~ 1991
Elisabet Ney Museum
Austin, TX
Tri-State ‘91 ~ 1991
Beaumont, TX

Confluence ~ 1991
Ingram, TX
Mickelson Gallery ~ 1989
Washington, DC

Fra Fiume E Mare ~ 1986
Boca da Magra, Italy
Ashley Gallery ~ 1985
Sherman Oaks, CA

Mostra Delle Donne ~ 1983-84
Pietrasanta, Italy