A colourist, painter, and textile artist. The brilliant combination of colour, light, texture, translucency and line are central aspects of Basma Ashworth's work. As a Cornwall, England based artist, she draws inspiration from the surrounding landscape and unique natural light.
An Assyrian born in a little village in the Kurdistan area on the border between Iraq and Turkey, Ashworth moved to the United Kingdom in 1977 to study chemical engineering at UMIST. She has earned her MSc and PhD degrees in Manchester. In 1997, Ashworth went back to college to study art, earning her degree from Falmouth College of art. She has worked as a conservation scientific officer for a nature conservancy council for 10 years. Her work has taken her to places like Australia and Latin America, and she has traveled across the globe.
Ashworth's work is always related to the process of painting rather than the image. The artwork emerges from the interaction of marks she make on the surface with the colours and textures she uses. Says the artist, “my relationship with the surface has a major influence on the way I make the work. What I paint has a lot to do with layering and finding paths inside shapes; the colour and lines describe my journeys through life to reach this stage."
Her work is collected by private and corporate clients.