b. London, 1983.


MFA Painting, Slade School of Fine Art, 2006-2008

BA Hons Fine Art, Newcastle University, 2002-2006 (First Class)

Art Foundation, Abingdon College, 2001-2002 (Distinction)

Solo Exhibitions

At Home with the Ashtons, Simon Oldfield, 2011

Ben Ashton, Simon Oldfield, 2009

Selected Group Exhibitions


Portrait Award 2014, The National Portrait Gallery, London


ICA Off-Site, A Journey Through London Subculture: 1980s to Now, ICA/The Old Selfridges Hotel, London


Courtship of the Peoples, Simon Oldfield, London

Portrait Award 2012, The National Portrait Gallery, London


Apartment, Bloomsbury Square, London,

Shifting Boundaries, Brighton Phoenix, Brighton


The House of Voltaire, Studio Voltaire, London

Get on, Get in, Get out, Holster Projects, London


The Brain Unravelled, Slade Research Centre, London


Ascension, Simon Oldfield, London

Figurative Painting Prize, The Boundary Gallery


Toronto Art Fair

Residencies & Other

2013.  Grosvenor Estate Residency, Mayfair, London

2011.  The Polyhedron Project, Queen Square/The Art Workers Guild, London

2010.  The Bloomsbury Festival, Open Studio, London

2009.  Whitechapel Gallery patrons visit & curator-led tour, 2009 Solo Show

2008.  The Bloomsbury Studio, Artist in Residence (2008-2011)

2008.  Suspending Disbelief, The Slade Summer School, Artist in Residence

2007.  The Deconstruction of Illusion, Sassoon Gallery, Artist in Residence


BP Portrait Award 2014, The National Portrait Gallery, London

BP Portrait Award 2012, The National Portrait Gallery, London

ICA Off-Site: A Journey Through London Subculture: 1980s to Now

Princess Julia, has co-curated ICA Off-Site: A Journey Through London Subculture: 1980s to Now, and Ben Ashton's portrait of Princess Julia, The People's Princess, is featured in the exhibition which runs until 20 October 2013 at The Old Selfridges Hotel, 1 Orchard...read more

GQ Style features Sam Knowles, Ben Ashton & Neal Tait

GQ Style features Sam Knowles, Ben Ashton and Neal Tait is the current bi-annual edition, in "Dressed like a million bucks; a study in excellence and taste with London's art community".  The gallery artists are featured alongside Mark Quinn, Jake...read more

Ben Ashton / BP Portrait Award 2012

Ben Ashton has been selected to exhibit new work, Lindsay Lohan - pictured below - in the BP Portrait Award 2012, which opens on 21 June 2012 at The National Portrait Gallery.  The work will then tour as part of the...read more

The Polyhedron Project

Off Site | 22-23 October 2011 | Queen Square, Bloomsbury, WC1Ben Ashton presents The Polyhedon Project; a giant installation erected in Queen Square, Bloomsbury, which will house a camera obscura and optical installations.  The Art Workers Guild will host an exhibition of drawings which accompany...read more

Ben Ashton in Brighton

Ben Ashton is the headline artist in Shifting Boundaries at Phoenix, Brighton 7 May - 12 June 2011. http://www.phoenixarts.org/exhibitions/258-shifting-boundaries.html...read more

Notion Magazine Feature Simon Oldfield Gallery & Ben Ashton

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The Groucho Club acquires new work by Ben Ashton

The Groucho Club has acquired Drake, a new painting on copper by Ben Ashton. This painting is the final piece in a series of work completed in 2009/2010. We are very excited and looking forward to seeing it hung in...read more

Ben Ashton's exhibition selected for curator-led FirstThursday's bus tour

IntroductionSimon Oldfield Gallery supports emerging artists by providing studio facilities and exciting opportunities for exhibiting artworks. Simon Oldfield is the founder of The Bloomsbury Studio, which opened in 2008, offering subsidized live/work spaces for young artists. Simon Oldfield Gallery also...read more

Pamela McMenamin on Ben Ashton's exhibition

Simon Oldfield interviewed by Elizabeth Day from The Osberver about Pop Life: Art in a Material World at the Tate ModernThe Observer...read more

Alex Nikiporenko and Jordan Hunt perform at Ben Ashton's opening

Alex Nikiporenko and Jordan Hunt played at the opening of Ben Ashton’s exhibition on 13 October 2009. Alex and Jordan are two of Britain’s most talented young composers/performers. Alex was the winner of the BBC Proms/Guardian’s Young Composer of the...read more

Hardeep Singh-Kohli discusses Ben Ashton in The Scotland on Sunday

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Ben Ashton in FirstThursdays

Ben Ashton’s show opened to critical acclaim on 13 October and is listed on FirstThursday's site:FirstThursdays...read more