Contemporary Artist


Ashley Hyland uses the English landscape to explore the very British ideals of belonging, stability, continuity and familiarity.  


How do we define home?  


How do we belong to a place and it to us?

Born in America and making a life in England, Ashley catches vast broody skies, light caught gracing fields and the movement of life through the seasons.  In oil and watercolour, photography and poetry, she searches for the common language of home for us all.

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Oxmarket Contemporary
Chichester, England
24 May - 5 June 2022


Two series of paintings made four years apart - one series acting as the memory, the afterlight of the other. The early paintings are adjusted, altered, revealing their echo.

The Afterlight exhibition is inspired by a quote from the book, Anne of Green Gables, describing the Canadian landscape.  “The sun had set some time since, but the landscape was still clear in the mellow afterlight.”  Lucy Maud Montgomery.


The Afterlight series celebrates the landscape as we remember it long after a visit, describing how a place belongs to us and we belong to it.  “These paintings have been made from memories of wonderful days out in Sussex, mingling echos of sunshine and laughter with oil and canvas.” said Ashley.


The Afterlight exhibition will open at the Oxmarket Contemporary in Chichester on Tuesday 24 May for two weeks and will also be available online at  



Solo exhibition - Wilson Gallery

24 May - 5 June 2022

Oxmarket Contemporary

Chichester, England


Many of my exhibitions and projects have come from collaboration or inspiration from musicians or literature.  This painting was one of a series exhibited with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra at their debut of 'On Windover Hill' after collaboration with the Composer Nathan James.  

LONG MAN RAINING. Oil on Canvas. 3'x4'

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Rathfinny Planting by Ashley Hyland

Large Oil Paintings

This painting was made after a trip to Tunisia where I watched workers in the fields.  I was able to capture the initial planting of the 'one million vines' project at Rathfinney a few weeks later.

Painting in a modular way adds flexibility in hanging for larger pieces.


RATHFINNEY PLANTING.  Oil on Canvas.  Dyptich. 4'x6'. Both 3'x4' canvases can be hung separately.

In the Studio

Sneak preview of a recent painting from the 'Afterlight Series' for Oxmarket Contemporary.


Oil on Canvas. 20" x 20"

Ashley Hyland 2022.

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Ashley Hyland
YHA South Downs
Artist in Residence
2020 - 2022



From a recent review:

Ashley Hyland is a Sussex-based British artist who was born in the United States.  With over 25 years of experience making art and exhibiting, her artwork hangs in private collections in Australia, Wales, England and the United States.  Ashley is known for her emotive paintings of the British countryside exploring permanence, belonging and memory.   Her work has been selected for exhibition and won awards in the United States, England and Wales.

Art NXT Level International Arts Group Member

Prince's Trust Grant Award Winner, Wales, UK


North Carolina Governor's Award Winner, USA

Honourable Mention

I would like thank the following partners for supporting my activities in the arts:  Artwave Festival, Lewes, England -  Black Horse Finance -  Gallery 13, Minneapolis, USA -  BBC Arts  -  BBC Radio - ASDA  - Appalachian State University, USA  -  Welsh Development Agency -  Welsh Arts Council - Arts Council England

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