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Ash Hempsall

Painter and Poet. Born London 1964. Currently lives in ZhuJiaJiao, near Shanghai. Work held in private collections in UK, US, China, Japan, Canada and Australasia.

Solo Exhibitions

2010   ‘Sunset Laser’ – installation utilising naturally-formed laser to start a fire – Zhujiajiao (China)

2009   ‘Hello I’m not here’ – mixed media works, prints and sculpture – Foundry Gallery (Shanghai, China)

2009   ‘Bird Apartment Block’ public installation (Shanghai, China)

2006   ‘Fauna Nebula’ – paintings and sculptures – 1918 ArtSpace (Shanghai, China)

2004   ‘Recent Paintings’ Brian Moore Gallery (Sydney, Australia)

2004   ‘Hobo Bonobo ’ Studio event for Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney, Australia)

2004   Open Studio exhibition (Sydney, Australia)

2003   ‘Mr & Mrs Dawn’ – paintings and drawings – Somawo Warehouse (Sydney, Australia)

2001   ‘Evil Chris and Other Stories‘ – paintings – Hansen Gallery (Brooklyn, New York)

1999   ‘Multiple Self-Portraits’ – paintings – Oil Street Art Village (now Cattle Depot Art Village,Hong Kong)

Group Exhibitions

2014   Poems On The Wall (Mustard Seed Space, Shanghai, China)

2010   Nothing to say ( Moxitang, Zhujiajiao, Shanghai, China)

2009   ULTRA Art Fair (Tokyo, Japan)

2009   The Artist Died Yesterday, Island 6 (Shanghai, China)

2007   Shanghai Art Fair, Australia Pavillion (Shanghai, China)

2007   Representing Artist, Australia Pavillion, Shanghai Creative Week (Shanghai, China)

2007 ‘Extinction Denied’ Humane Society International (Sydney, Australia)

2006   Group Show, Australian-Asian Art Association – 4A Gallery (Sydney, Australia)

2006   Group Exhibition, 1918 Artspace (Shanghai, China)

2006   ‘Ironic Expressionism’ Virginia Wilson Art (Sydney, Australia)

2005   ‘Extinction Denied’ – charitable event raising funds for Humane Society International (Sydney, Australia).

2005   Absolut Drawcard, National Art School, (Sydney, Australia).

2004   ‘Extinction Denied’ Humane Society International (Sydney, Australia).

2003   ‘With Anything Blank Around‘ The Ephemeral Holt Street Gallery (Sydney, Australia)

2001   ‘New Paintings Of Paranoia‘ Hansen Gallery (Brooklyn, New York)

1999   ‘Positive Null‘ (Oil St. Art Village, Hong Kong)



1999   Commissioned by Hong Kong movie director Tsui Hark to paint a mural featured in his contemporary classic, ‘Time & Tide’ (Hong Kong)


2013   Writes, illustrates and publishes ‘DeadWoodTimes’ – world’s first poem newspaper. Distributed selectively in

China, Europe, US and India. Second edition due late 2014.

2009   Experimental, illustrated novel titled ‘And Then’, 2009. Selectively distributed to personally influential figures including renowned Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor, winner of the prestigious Templeton Prize (2007).

2008/9 Poetry published in the first edition of Nanjing-based writers journal, Truth, (October 2009). Poetry work also included in Second Life, commended at Sydney Writer’s Festival 2008.

2007   Writes artblog, ‘The Viewing Experience’.

Bibliography Various magazines, journals, online and newspapers including:

2009   Vimeo interview re: ‘Hello I’m Not Here’, Artlinkart

2009   article, Art-ba-ba

2006   Ironic Expressionism. Andrew Frost.

2006   ‘Aliens Emerge In Fauna Nebula Art’ Shanghai Daily. Zhou Tao.

2006   Review. SH Magazine, Shanghai.

2006   Review. Art & Mayhem., Sydney

2004   ‘Undiscovered Artists – Ash Hempsall’ Profile in Australian Art Collector. Andrew Frost.

2004   Exhibition review. Sydney, Australia. Artlife

2001   ‘Contemporary Art in Brooklyn’ The Village Voice, NY. Simon Galley.

1999   ‘A Real Buzz’ The Hong Kong Standard. Stephen Ribet.

1999   ‘Whither Oil Street?’ South China Morning Post. Cameron Jenkins.

1999   Various Chinese language newspapers and magazines covering Oil Street Art Village.


Expositions of the artist