‘Signboard’ is a brand new exhibition from visual artist James Ashe, leading on from his series of illustrated posters of landmark buildings in Belfast. ‘Signboard’ is a collection of significant signage that has a role to play in building the identity of Belfast as a city, ranging from Elliotts fancy dress, Clarke’s Dance Studios, to the Lisburn Road ‘Picture Post’. Whether it is hand painted, cast iron, or has faded away over time – the artist has found an appreciation of old signs that are still evidence of the old Belfast before developers, shopping centres, and identikit apartments took over the city.
James Ashe is an artist based in Northern Ireland that works within the mediums of print, illustration, typography, and design. He studied Graphic Communication at Norwich University of the Arts, but returned to NI and has been working within the themes of politics, post-Troubles NI, LGBT rights, architecture, and built heritage since. He recently exhibited his illustrated posters of Belfast’s heritage buildings at Framewerk gallery, he has had badges displayed at the Ulster Museum, and is currently working on a mental health art project for his iDA Award at University of Atypical.
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