Ahsley Hold’s nocturnal landscape reflects the creative process of artists

Alison Oldham ventures down to a Primrose Hill gallery to view the latest addition to Hold’s Nightview series.

Beside the Wave London, a gallery which opened last year in Primrose Hill, has launched its latest show with the unveiling of a remarkable painting three years in the making. Nightview: Reflections III by Ashley Hold is the third of a series depicting the view from the artist’s room where he lived from 1987 to 2004.

The painting captures the landscape at twilight, overlaid by the fragmented double-reflections of the artist and the interior of his room on the window. “This work represents the convergence of a number of interests - the nocturnal landscape, the studio interior and the self-portrait - in one image,” says Hold.

“The figure in Nightview can be seen as part of the landscape, looking in towards the viewer or separated from the landscape by the window and looking out; therefore the figure can be seen as looking both inwards and outwards simultaneously. This, for me, is a metaphor for the creative process.”

The Primrose Hill gallery is a second space for Beside the Wave, which was established in 1989 in Falmouth. Hold studied fine art and the history of 20th century art and design at University College Falmouth where he now lectures.

According to the gallery, his previous two large-scale portraits in the Nightview series sold immediately after the private views when they were exhibited at the Edinburgh Art Fair in 2011 and 2012. In addition to the new portrait, the current exhibition has smaller works in the series.

Ashley Hold: Nightview is at 41 Chalcot Road NW1 until February 25. Monday to Saturday 10am to 6pm, Sunday noon to 5pm. beside-the-wave.co.uk