Asa Medhurst is a contemporary figurative artist working in oils and charcoal.

In my portraits, I strive to create a sense of intimacy and connection between the subject and the viewer, drawing the viewer into the subject’s world and encouraging them to engage with their story. Through the use of color, light, and composition, I aim to create a mood and atmosphere that reflects the subject’s personality, evoking a sense of emotion and empathy in the viewer.

My work is characterized by a sense of magical realism, where the boundary between the real and the imaginary is blurred. Through my use of symbolism and intricate detail, I aim to create portraits that are both realistic and dreamlike, inviting the viewer beyond the subjects likeness into their inner world.

Similarly, when working on a still life I try to balance an aesthetic narrative with a deeper symbolic meaning.

Asa graduated from the Kent Institute of Art & Design in 1995 and has since gone on to study at The Royal Drawing School, Art academy and London Fine Arts.

Asa has shown in the Royal Society of Portrait Painters annual exhibition and been short-listed for entry in the BP Portrait Award. Asa lives and works in South London.


2023Royal Society of Portrait Painters - Annual Exhibition
2013Royal Society of Portrait Painters - Annual Exhibition
BP Portrait Award Exhibition - Shortlist
Wing Asylum - Group Show - Asylum Chapel, Peckham, London
Final Flight - Group Show - William Road Gallery, London
Memorabilia - Group Show (in aid of GOSH) - Norlington Road Studios, Laytonstone Arts Trail
Dazed & Refused - Group Show - The Arch Gallery, London
2012Wandsworth Open Studios - Group Show - Wandsworth, London
The Wing Assignment - Group Show - Red Bull Studios, London
Toys - Group Show - Radcliffe & Newlands, London
2011Drawing Crowds - Group Show - Stone Space Gallery, London
100 Square Ft - Group Show - Dalston Old Boys Club, London