Born in St Helens, UK, in 1977, Keith Ashcroft is a Salford-based painter. Keith reconfigures and interrupts spaces with elements of abstraction, challenging the photographic moment of documentation with his paintbrush. In doing so, he opens up a dialogue between himself as an artist, the painting and its subject matter to gain access to and reveal something other.
He graduated with a BA in Fine Art from Manchester School of Art in 2000. He now lectures in Painting with The Open College of the Arts and manages Oceans Apart, a gallery he co-founded in Salford dedicated to contemporary painting. Keith roots his current practice in the practicalities of process and the embodiment of time, dealing with the painterly act of representing ambiguous and nostalgic internal spaces. First, he uses traditional methods to lay the foundation of his works. Then, he allows his medium to gain independence, creating scenes of flux with figures and objects caught somewhere between the past and present.
Keith has exhibited his work widely across the UK. Recent exhibitions include ‘Cut From Cloth’, a solo exhibition at Huddersfield Art Gallery, 2022. Other shows include the Beep Painting Prize, Elysium Gallery, Swansea, 2020; the Contemporary British Painting Prize, Huddersfield Art Gallery & Menier Gallery, London, 2018; and the New English Art Club Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London, 2018.