Upcoming Exhibitions

I am thrilled to announce my participation in two upcoming shows in Los Angeles this month.

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I will have two pieces included in “For Her: An Exhibition By Women About Women,” opening tonight, March 21st at the Pico House Gallery in Los Angeles. The show focuses on what it means to be a woman in modern society, addresses how female roles have changed over the years, and investigates modern and historical female impact. The show will run from March 20th – April 6th, and more information on the exhibition can be found here: [link].

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The second show I am participating in is “(En)gendered (In)equity,” opening March 29th at ForYourArt Gallery in Los Angeles.  The show features posters made by an impressive list of artists that are investigating the pervasive inequality of gender representation in Los Angeles and New York galleries. The project has been spearheaded by the prolific Micol Hebron, and the exhibition will run from March 29th-April 25th, and more information can be found on ForYourArt’s website [link].

It is very exciting to have the opportunity to exhibit with such accomplished artists in two wonderfully organized and curated shows.

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Bothe-Napa Valley Trip & A New Book

IMG_2974I took a break from the studio this weekend to go on a camping trip up at Bothe-Napa Valley State Park. I was able to get a few gouache sketchbook paintings in, which was a nice break from the children’s books I’ve been working on, and the new series of paintings I’ve been developing. The weather was lovely and the trails were so short that we decided to combine all of the trails into one big loop. It made for a fantastic day hike, and now I am back in the studio refreshed, and ready to get back to work!

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Of Painted Ponies and Dandelion Dreams Book Cover

Of Painted Ponies and Dandelion Dreams Book Cover


I am also delighted to announce that I have completed the illustrations for “Of Painted Ponies and Dandelion Dreams,” a collection of poems written by JC Camij.  The book has been published and is now available on e-readers. The project posed the new challenge of illustrating a collection of poems, which I enjoyed immensely.

I also had the opportunity to collaborate with an animator to develop a short animation to promote the book, which can be found here: [link]

For more information on the book, please click here: [link].

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Coachella Valley Art Center Opening

PoppyMagazineSeriesI am excited to announce that these illustrations will be featured in the California Poppy Collective’s latest zine, the “Revolution of Oz,” and will be included in the “LA n CV” exhibition at the Coachella Valley Art Center, opening this Saturday. The show itself will run February 6th – February 28th.

This collection of drawings depicts the various native plants traditionally used by the Cahuilla tribe in the Coachella Valley. Starting at the top left and moving clockwise, we have the Brittle-Bush shrub (Encelia farinosa) which was used relieve toothaches and chest pain, the Yerba Santa plant (Eriodictyon californicum) which was used as a cough medicine, the Beaver Tail Cactus (Opuntia basilaris) which was used as a source of food, and Honey Mesquite tree (Prosopis glandulosa) whose beans were processed into a flour.

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Recent Feature on “Art and Dinner in Los Angeles”

Last week, I had a fantastic studio visit with Mike Reynolds. Apart from being an immensely talented artist, Mike also runs a blog called “Art and Dinner in Los Angeles,” which features artists he meets up with in and around Los Angeles, paired with some insight into their work.

Here is an excerpt from his post about our visit:

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“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.”

Please follow the link below to read more.
http://artdinners.wordpress.com/2013/12/01/studio-visit-with-ashley-bravin/

For more on Mike Reynolds: [click here]

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Giving Thanks

IMG_0293I am so overwhelmingly thankful this year for my wonderfully supportive family, dear friends, and loved ones. This year has taken me on a remarkable journey, ripe with opportunities to push forward in my art career, providing me with four fabulous exhibitions and two visionary authors who hired me as their illustrator for their children’s books. Thank you so much to the artists, curators, and gallery owners (all of whom have become incredible friends) who have believed in my work, and have been instrumental to my success both in Los Angeles and abroad.

A big thank you out to the universe, and to all of those who have touched my life this year. I hope everyone has a very happy Thanksgiving, today, surrounded by friends, family, and loved ones.

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Opening for “MAS ATTACK 2” at the Torrance Art Museum

Installing "Ringside" at the Torrance Art Museum (TAM).

Installing “Ringside” at the Torrance Art Museum (TAM).

I just finished installing one of my boxer paintings at the Torrance Art Museum (TAM) in preparation for the opening of “MAS ATTACK 2” – an incredible group show presented by ARTRA Curatorial. I was able to see a number of the other artists installing their work, and can tell you that this show is going to be fabulous. It’s an honor to be exhibiting with some of these artists, and especially exciting to be exhibiting in a museum for the first time.

“MAS ATTACK 2” opens this Saturday, October 26th at the Torrance Art Museum (TAM) from 6pm-10pm.

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“We Are All in This Together” Exhibition Opening

25of25000deer#3My entire series, “25 of 25,000 Deer,” will be shown at the opening of “We Are All in This Together” on Thursday at Modern VideoFilm in Santa Monica, and I am absolutely thrilled. I just got a sneak peek of the other artists’ work today, and the show is going to be a knock-out. Lidia Shaddow has done an incredible job with this exhibition.

“We Are All in This Together” runs from October 10th – January 14th. The exhibition is held in a private gallery, and may be toured either by appointment, or during two upcoming gallery tours  (dates are still TBA).

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I have included my artist statement for the seres below:

“The state of Wisconsin, concerned that the fear of transmission of Chronic Wasting Disease [possibly a cause of Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease in humans] could cripple the state’s one-billion dollar-per-year deer hunting industry, is in the process of killing 25,000 deer (a desperate solution that sickens everybody involved) in an infected area in hopes of controlling the CWD epidemic there.” – Jared Diamond, Collapse (2005).

This series of drawings is inspired by the above study regarding the outbreak of Chronic Wasting Disease (a serious deer and elk epidemic) in Jared Diamond’s seminal book on societal and environmental crisis, Collapse (2005). My intent here is simply to put a visual to the sheer magnitude of deer that were intended to be killed due to this outbreak in Wisconsin alone.

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