Ashley Bravin was born and raised in southern California, and has studied both at Carnegie Mellon University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Burren College of Art in County Clare, Ireland, graduating with a BFA in painting and drawing. Her work has been exhibited extensively throughout the United States and abroad, and has been featured in shows at the University of Arts London, the Courthouse Gallery in Ireland, and most recently at the Torrance Art Museum in California. She has been the recipient of two grants and a fellowship to develop her body of work surrounding violence and sports, and has participated as an artist in residence at the Chautauqua Institute of Chautauqua, New York. Bravin currently lives and works just outside of Los Angeles, California.
“The chief importance of Bravin’s works appears to be the aestheticization of violence as an ‘ethical reference point’ (Sontag) — as static reminders of the results of damaging sociopolitical forces, and what beauty there is to behold whilst in such tumult.” – Mike Reynolds, “Art and Dinner in Los Angeles”