Ashley Oubre /   Ashley Oubré

United States 1984

Photorealism

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Ashley Oubre
Ashley Oubré
Female
United States
1984
September 21, 2015

Ashley Oubré is an American self-taught artist, known for her large-scale drawings made with graphite powder, india ink and carbon pencil, created in a photorealistic style. Artist’s objective is not to replicate photography, but rather to instill senses of empathy and wonderment, for and about the subject. As long as the artist can remember, the human condition has been a source of enchantment for her.

My take is that photorealism isn’t art that mimics photography. It’s art that inspires senses of familiarity and surrealism in addition to appearing photo-like.

The Art of Ashley Oubré

Ashley Oubre was born in 1984 in Washington D.C. She took an art history class at the age of 19, after which began her complicated relationship with art making. At first, Ashley painted abstractions, then experimented with mixed media. Eventually she found her place in pencil drawing, but after only a few works done, she left her art-making and made a long break. Only a few years ago Oubré quit her job doing administrative office work, and decided to entirely devote herself to drawing and delve more into art. Despite the fact that she suffers from hand cramps, the artist sees the process of drawing as a sort of therapy, and a way to express her inner feelings of melancholy and loneliness.

Ashley Oubre – Jellyfish series

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Ashley Oubré – Aquatic Dream II, 2015

Portraying Distance and Melancholy

The scarred, the lonesome, the uncomfortable, the forgotten – Ashley Oubré‘s subjects share amorphous feelings. Much like the nature of jellyfish, swimming in a quiet current, the portrayed subjects seem overwhelmed with a kind of wistfulness most don’t understand on first sight, but by which some are intrigued and dare to follow.

I try to craft a portrait in a way that will reach the aforementioned with a delicacy that says to them and anyone who feels that they’re losing, feels that they’ve lost – I understand.

Yosra, 2014
Ashley Oubré – Yosra, 2014

Drawn to subjects that are socially damaged in some way, she cites lost love, self-loathing, bitterness, misery, loneliness and human indignity as her main points of interest. The artist’s great understanding of the notion of the body allows her to utilize these states of human condition in order to show melancholic and intriguing, yet beautiful imagery. Her work echoes a certain darkness. Through it, she embraces excluded and marginalized, portraying things considered abnormal by the society – obesity, stretch marks, age spots and depression.

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Ashley Oubré – Drowning 1 + 2, 2014

Oubré perfected execution of light, shadow and texture within the grey-toned images. The artist’s skills are seen through immaculate detail and precision of each of her artworks. The negative space left around her figures creates a world of vacancy, in which portrayed subjects appear floating, frozen in moment in time.

Oubré is represented by the Robert Fontaine Gallery, located in Miami.

Ashley Oubre is based in Washington D.C.

All images courtesy of Ashley Oubré

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015Ashley Oubré - New WorksRobert Fontaine Gallery, Miami, USSolo
2015Emotion in MotionRobert Fontaine Gallery, Miami, USSolo
2014Mixed MediaRobert Fontaine Gallery, Miami, USGroup
2014Forms & FacesRobert Fontaine Gallery, Miami, USGroup

Study Of Millicent
Study Of Millicent , 2014Ashley OubreROBERT FONTAINE GALLERY Miami, United States55.9 x 76.2 cm DrawingsPrice on request
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Jellyfish One
Jellyfish One , 2014Ashley OubreROBERT FONTAINE GALLERY Miami, United States58.4 x 0 cm Works on PaperPrice on request
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I wish you well
I wish you well , 2017Ashley OubreROBERT FONTAINE GALLERY Miami, United States66 x 43.2 cm DrawingsPrice on request
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Quiet
Quiet , 2015Ashley OubreROBERT FONTAINE GALLERY Miami, United States27.9 x 35.6 cm DrawingsPrice on request
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Quiet Now
Quiet Now , 2015Ashley OubreROBERT FONTAINE GALLERY Miami, United States27.9 x 35.6 cm DrawingsPrice on request
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Cloud Formation  2
Cloud Formation 2 , 2017Ashley OubreROBERT FONTAINE GALLERY Miami, United States58.4 x 0 cm DrawingsPrice on request
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Untitled
Untitled , 2015Ashley OubreROBERT FONTAINE GALLERY Miami, United States27.9 x 35.6 cm DrawingsPrice on request
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Suffering and Transcendence
Suffering and Transcendence , 2015Ashley OubreROBERT FONTAINE GALLERY Miami, United States111.8 x 213.4 cm DrawingsPrice on request
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Tranquility
Tranquility , 2015Ashley OubreROBERT FONTAINE GALLERY Miami, United States111.8 x 152.4 cm DrawingsPrice on request
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UNTITLED 4
UNTITLED 4 , 2016Ashley OubreROBERT FONTAINE GALLERY Miami, United States61 x 0 cm DrawingsPrice on request
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FADING FORTUNE
FADING FORTUNE , 2016Ashley OubreROBERT FONTAINE GALLERY Miami, United States50.8 x 45.7 cm Prints150 USD ($)
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Residue
Residue , 2016Ashley OubreROBERT FONTAINE GALLERY Miami, United States78.7 x 61 cm DrawingsPrice on request
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Jelly Fish 5
Jelly Fish 5 , 2015Ashley OubreROBERT FONTAINE GALLERY Miami, United States76.2 x 0 cm DrawingsPrice on request
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The Permissive Vine
The Permissive Vine , 2016Ashley OubreROBERT FONTAINE GALLERY Miami, United States45.7 x 45.7 cm DrawingsPrice on request
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Meditation Room
Meditation Room , 2018Ashley OubreROBERT FONTAINE GALLERY Miami, United States45.7 x 35.6 cm DrawingsPrice on request
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Disconnection
Disconnection , 2015Ashley OubreROBERT FONTAINE GALLERY Miami, United States139.7 x 111.8 cm DrawingsPrice on request
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UNTITLED 8
UNTITLED 8 Ashley OubreROBERT FONTAINE GALLERY Miami, United States61 x 0 cm DrawingsPrice on request
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UNTITLED 9
UNTITLED 9 Ashley OubreROBERT FONTAINE GALLERY Miami, United States61 x 0 cm DrawingsPrice on request
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UNTITLED 7
UNTITLED 7 Ashley OubreROBERT FONTAINE GALLERY Miami, United States61 x 0 cm DrawingsPrice on request
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The Dancer
The Dancer , 2018Ashley OubreROBERT FONTAINE GALLERY Miami, United States50.8 x 50.8 cm DrawingsPrice on request
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Untitled
Untitled , 2015Ashley OubreROBERT FONTAINE GALLERY Miami, United States55.9 x 76.2 cm DrawingsPrice on request
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Cloud Formation  1
Cloud Formation 1 , 2017Ashley OubreROBERT FONTAINE GALLERY Miami, United States58.4 x 0 cm DrawingsPrice on request
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