Llewelyn’s art of glass

Llewelyn Ash has always been connected with his surroundings. Growing up in the Adelaide Hills enriched his experience of natural flora and fauna. Art began in the home for him with artists as parents — Glen Ash, known for his oil painting, and Janet Ayliffe, a celebrated watercolour painter and printmaker. 

From a young age, Llewelyn started drawing the animals he was surrounded by — chooks, ducks, dogs and donkeys. Surfing then became a major part of Llewelyn’s journey, moving down the South Australian coastline along every peninsula.  It was only fitting that he filled his drawing books with images of the ocean, its sea life, and the natural beach landscapes.


Llewelyn primarily worked in watercolours, photopolymer etchings and oil paints in his earlier works. Studying at the University of South Australia exposed him to new techniques and provided fresh challenges.  Ultimately this is where he was introduced to his passion — glass. Guided and mentored by Gabriella Bisetto and tutored by Tim Shaw, Llewelyn created his own distinctive style.

Llewelyn’s glass is now being shown in art galleries Australia-wide and he has had exhibitions in Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne over the past two years. His distinctive works have brought him numerous accolades, including the Design Institute of Australia Award and the Waterhouse Youth Art Prize; he was also a finalist in the Australian National Glass Museum Student Award, was selected as a Jam Factory Associate, and won the Jam Factory Pilchuck Scholarship in Seattle. 

Now you have the chance to see this celebrated artist’s work for yourself. Llewelyn Ash’s Connected exhibition, which he is holding in conjunction with his mother, Janet Ayliffe, opens on September 28 at Manyung Gallery Flinders, 37 Cook St. Phone 9787 2953 or visit www.manyunggallery.com.au

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