Frank Ashley (1920-2007) American
Titled: Market Via Bocca di Leone.
Watercolor on paper, measures 30×22 inches
signed lower left.
Farhat Art Museum Collection.
Born in Nebraska in 1920, Frank Ashley was raised in St. Paul, Minnesota, and later attended the University of Minnesota. Enlisting in the Army Air Corps, he was stationed in England as B-17 pilot; he was discharged after four years as a Captain, with multiple decorations, including The Purple Heart.
After his military career, he studied at the Minneapolis Art Institute and later at the American Academy in Chicago. Mr. Ashley completed his education at The Art Students’ League in New York City, where he worked with Reginald Marsh.
During his stay in New York, Frank Ashley frequented the Metrapole Club where he met many later “jazz greats”. This early experience and his subsequent friendships with Louis Armstrong and Dave Brubeck in San Francisco provided him with one of his major artistic themes: the world of the jazz artist.
No less important, however, is his artistic expertise in the arena of the competitive equestrian events. He visited the majority of the renowned tracks around the world, which resulted in equestrian paintings being signature work. He has exhibited his paintings at many of the major race tracks in the United States.
Frank Ashley was the grand prize from the 1957 New York Art Show, Art USA, as well as other prestigious honors. He died in California on December 16, 2007.