4. I had rather hear – Ashton Attzs

Shakespeare Art Trail – Better Bankside


Artist: Ashton Attzs

Location: Lavington Street hoarding


I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow, than a man swear he loves me.

Much Ado About Nothing, Act 1, Scene 1

Ashton Attzs is a 23-year-old UK based painter and illustrator. Ashton’s work is colourful, fun, bold and joyful. It’s unapologetic in both style and message; celebrating moments of everyday life and what makes us who we are. Ashton’s distinctive and charming characterful people that populate the majority of their paintings and illustrations are representative and inclusive of the endless identities and diverse expressions of the everyday person. Their unique world-building in popping bright hues creates a utopia, where everyone and anyone can step inside to dreamy landscapes and cheerful situations. Ashton’s art covers a range of topics from LGBTQ+ advocacy, visibility, unity, positivity, music and mental health. Their art seeks to empower LGBTQ+ people and people of colour on a global scale where they share their artworks publicly in a variety of ways.

“This quote just jumped out to me immediately, as a lesbian myself, this resonated with me. It’s a humorous line, with character and sass whilst being incredibly illustrative. I painted a scene in my head as soon as I read it. I thought, reimagining it, in my own artistic style would be a lot of fun. I wanted to keep elements of the original context the same, such as the Messina garden background setting and 16th-century costumes, whilst giving it a modern twist through a LGBTQ lens!”


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