Ashley Dopson is a conceptual fine artist and muralist who lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia. Raised in Atlanta, Georgia she credits her early childhood in New Orleans, Louisiana for her colorful palette and rich textures. She attributes her practices to the process of cooking gumbo which gathers disparate materials and methods of artistic child-play and refined techniques of contemporary fine art. A little spontaneity, a little intuition and a lot of texture and color to capture the spirit of the work. Her works are a conglomerate of primitive impasto and a contemporary take on the painting styles of the Harlem Renaissance. She was heavily influenced by the work of William H. Johnson and the story telling of printmaker Steve Prince. She created a unique blend of styles that all include heavy textured elements. She built up the canvas in order for her blind grandmother to feel the story even if she could not see it. She considers her paintings to be tapestries which provoke casual and philosophical commentary about childhood dreams and visions as they relate to modern society. In addition she addresses sociopolitical preconceptions and racial epithets through her use of symbolism and imagery. Ultimately, Ashley is provoking conversation about universal implications surrounding African American life.
Ashley D’s multidisciplinary practice is informed by a background in Art which she studied at Hampton University, along with a twelve year career in teaching art in inner city public schools. Ashley D. creates her own mythological legacy in her murals drawings and sculptures. She believes in using scale symbolism texture and color to change the way we perceive the world. She has exhibited at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem New York and the Charles H. Taylor gallery in Hampton Virginia. She has completed 10 murals in Atlanta Georgia.