ASHWORTH, “JA10”, 2010


Acrylic on paper on wooden panel, 17 5/8 x 17 1/4 inches


JOHN ASHWORTH (American, b. 1939-)

John Ashworth’s early “pre-education” in art began at age 8 (!), and included trips to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney, and galleries on 57th Street.  His first public showing was in the summer of 1949–age 10 (!)- at Washington Square Park, New York with 100s of folded Rorschach-type blots in poster paint on typing paper, some of which looked like butterflies to the young artist; he cut them out and pasted them onto vertical scrolls displayed on the high iron fence with the work of grown-up artists. They all sold!

Ashworth has been a noted architect and designer, builder of exceptional catamarans, and at 81, a vigorous abstract painter of experimental panels reminiscent of Mark Rothko.  We are privileged to have represented the artist since the mid 1960s.


1951–move to Massachusetts where the young artist completed High School in 1956.

1957–Wentworth Institute–Boston, evening school, Applied Industrial Physics.

1957– 1960– Northeastern University, Boston, Civil and Structural Engineering–including an internship in the Engineering Department for the City of White Plains NY. 

1962–Harvard School of Design 

1963—1966–Boston Museum School–with scholarship support



1968–Harkus Krakow Gallery, Newbury St. Boston

1968–Parker St Gallery Boston

     Currier Gallery, Manchester NH. exhibited a large canvas [review-“-among the         most satisfying works evoked by the subject of stripes since Morris Louis.” Young New England Painters,” Ringling Museum, Sarasota

  Portland Museum of Art , Portland, Maine

Color in Control”– MFA, St. Petersburg, Florida

1969–Decordova  Museum, Lincoln, MA. Group show, Director’s acquisition

1969-Loch Haven Art Center, Orlando, Fla., “Tarwater,” 72″x 72″ 

1970–Thayer Academy, Braintree, MA.,”Fan Paintings”


    ATT Main Lobby, Boston, 8ft x 18ft Painting

    Ipswich, MA. Cherry Island–Kinetic Sculpture

    Maudslay State Park, Newburyport, MA., “Skylines”

    Pingree School Hamilton, MA.,”Stix”


Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University

De Cordova Museum, Lincoln, MA

Denenberg Collection, Los Angeles

Laurent Gache, Art Appraiser, Los Angeles

Eugenio Lopez/The Jumex Museum, Mexico City and Los Angeles