Joseph Ashman

Adán López Alemán is a Spanish expressionist artist, who has exhibited his work throughout Europe. Working with mixed techniques and materials; watercolor, acrylic, oils, pastels, and ink, Adan is transforming the subject matter into a symphony of expression and movement.

His “soul paintings” capture personality, soul, and storyline in each portrait. In a combination of realism and expressionism, an atmosphere or mood is created that is characteristic in his work.

Portraiture and the moving figure are dominating his artistic career. References from the inner being and the struggle in life, are the resulting alchemy of originality that makes it all a thoughtful experience.

Lopez’s colorful black and white portraits are playing behind a “social mask”, opening the eyes, searching for the truth.

In his figure painting, we can feel the breeze and hear the wind moving through the bodies trying to hold on.

Aleman’s work has been featured in Lilienthal Gallery’s Opening Exhibition.


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September – November

Painting the landscape of the holy land ( Israel), Ashman is “weaving” vivid colors of spring dancing with lines and strokes. Working with traditional oils on canvas, the landscape transforms into inner movement, portraying the moods and hopes the country is experiencing despite difficult events. Ashman strives to feel complete with nature as nature brings the potential of life-giving food, medicine, peace, and joy. With a vivid color palette, the landscape changes its inner movement, portraying the moods the country is experiencing as events are occurring (wars, existence, peace).

The ” psyche” or “soul” of nature is mixed with Ashman’s experience and emotions, striving for acknowledgments of the character of life itself. Almost all mythologies look to the earth as ” mother,” bringing forth and nourishing life, and to the sky as ” father” – the fructifying element. Life emerges from the unity of earth and sky, uplifting, creating, and allowing the sunlight to work in “painting” the color play.

Historically artists painted nature scenes as they saw or experienced them by trying to be true to reality, using the canvas instead of the camera we know today. Starting with the impressionist movement ( circa 1869), artists began to express their personal take on nature. In his unique yet traditional way, Ashman takes this modern approach and brings a refreshing “Spring” feeling. Intertwining impressionism with expressionism, adoring nature through his colors and strength.