About Ashley

     Ashley Holt is a man with a girl’s name who has worked as a commercial illustrator since 1989, producing artwork for books, periodicals, television, theater productions, apparel, and even skateboards. Though he has tackled a wide variety of editorial subjects, Holt is best known for his work in caricature portraits, having drawn everyone from Knievel to Khrushchev for clients such as Businessweek, No Depression, The Progressive, Inside Entertainment, Texaco, and many others. His stylized, keenly- designed portraits are created using a unique combination of traditional and digital techniques. As for his skill with likenesses, Holt says, “I draw ‘em like I see ‘em.”
     Ashley may be best known for his series of thirty-one portraits of classic film actors, which aired during Turner Classic Movies’ “Summer Under the Stars” series in August of 2014. His popular set of prints portraying Beat Generation writers is featured in the Beat Museum in San Francisco, and his work appeared in the infamous Illegal Art traveling exhibit beginning in 2005. Holt’s work has also been shown at the Art Lounge, the Mercer Gallery, the Artists’ Guild Gallery, the Showroom, the Warehouse Theater, and the Harvey J. Peeler Gallery.

Photo by James Slater
     As a writer, Holt is the creator of The Symptoms, an illustrated, autobiographical humor column, appearing online and in the print edition of the Greenville Journal. He has published several books of his writing and art, and has produced an audio edition of his book, Internal Combustion. He is also, by some accounts, a musician.
     A native of Charleston, SC, Ashley graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in Illustration in 1996. He lives in an undisclosed location in the Deep South, where he collects Electrolux vacuum canisters and watches an unhealthy amount of Dragnet.