James Ashe ‘Distant But Together
For NIMHAF, artist James Ashe has produced an illustration entitled 'Distant, but together'.
This illustration is a reminder to keep in touch with friends and loved ones during periods of difficulty and poor mental health. Isolation and loneliness being a huge factor contributing to poor mental health especially within the elderly, people with mobility issues, and those suffering from depression.
James Ashe is an artist based in Belfast and produces work within the themes of LGBT Rights, mental health, architecture and built heritage, and also uses current political situations to create artwork. He graduated from the Graphic Communication degree at Norwich University of the Arts and returned to NI in 2018, where he then went on to be a studio member of the queer feminist artspace 'The 343' in east Belfast, and has also exhibited in Framewerk, and has planned exhibitions for later this year and into 2021. While he works between illustration and typography, his work is usually through the means of prints, t-shirts, and badges.