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Ashley Longshore

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ASHLEY LONGSHORE is a self-taught New Orleans and New York City-based multi-media pop artist, entrepreneur, author, and social media maven. Her artworks often feature the likenesses of celebrities and other familiar faces adorned with irreverent, tongue-in-cheek sayings and natural imagery such as flowers, butterflies, and gems. Praised as “a young, feminist Andy Warhol” and “Fashion’s Latest Art Darling" by major media outlets, Longshore explores themes of popular culture, Hollywood glamour, American consumerism, and, most recently, inspiring historical women with her vibrant, bold, and unapologetic artwork. Works by Longshore have been exhibited across America and Europe and have been featured in high-profile publications including Vogue, Elle, Forbes, and The New York Times. Longshore’s career is colored by collaborations with well-known names and brands such as Gucci, Titan Black, Maybelline, Diane von Furstenberg, Veuve Clicquot, and Judith Lieber. Celebrated by Bergdorf Goodman—a luxury department store known for its artistic collaborations—as the first woman artist to present a solo exhibition, Longshore and her works have expanded into a global brand. Longshore has also recently ventured into the digital marketplace by releasing two collections of NFTs (non-fungible tokens). The Ashley Longshore Charitable Trust was established in 2019 as a way for Longshore to leave her mark as a celebrated and prolific pop artist. 

Click to learn more about Ashley Longshore from her CBS interview with Jamie Wax.

The "Salon Wall"

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Queen Elizabeth II

QUEEN ELIZABETH II (1926–2022) served as the Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland for seventy years before passing away at ninety-six years old on September 8, 2022. Queen Elizabeth was the longest-reigning monarch in British history, outpacing her grandmother Queen Victoria, who reigned over the “Victorian Era” for sixty-three years and seven months from 1819 until 1901. Queen Elizabeth’s chief public role was to publicly represent the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth of Nations, which began during the British Empire and is comprised of fifty-six independent countries that work together. Queen Elizabeth’s accomplishments have spanned seven decades, helping usher the United Kingdom into the modern era and guide the country through major world events including World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War, and, most recently, Brexit, the withdrawal of Great Britain from the European Union. 

Ashley Longshore  

Young Queen, 2019  

Acrylic on canvas  

Courtesy of Ashley Longshore Gallery

Click to view BBC News' tribute to the life and legacy of Queen Elizabeth II.

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Oprah Winfrey

OPRAH WINFREY (b. 1954) is an iconic American television personality, actor, producer, and entrepreneur. From humble beginnings growing up on small pig farm with her grandmother in Kosciusko, Mississippi, Winfrey began her ascent to celebrity by working as a reporter for various radio and news stations and winning pageants including “Miss Black Nashville” and “Miss Tennessee.” Winfrey’s popularity grew when she began her Emmy Award winning talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986–2011). The daily talk show ushered Winfrey into fame, transforming her into one of the wealthiest and most influential women in the United States. Winfrey also has starred in film adaptations of Alice Walker’s The Color Purple (1985) and Toni Morrison’s Beloved (1998). Winfrey’s most notable awards include an Academy Award (2012), the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2013), and a Cecil B. DeMille Award (2018), an honorary Golden Globe Award for lifetime achievement. 

Ashley Longshore  

Oprah Winfrey, 2019  

Acrylic on canvas  

Courtesy of Ashley Longshore Gallery 

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Click to view “Oprah Winfrey Opens Up About Journey to Become First Woman to Own & Produce Her Own Talk Show,” an interview with Time Magazine 

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Marlene Dietrich

MARLENE DIETRICH (1901–1992) was a German American actor and singer who became a famous movie star during “The Golden Age of Hollywood.” Dietrich was known for her beauty, sultry voice, and “femme fatale” film persona, starring in films such as Shanghai Express (1932) and Touch of Evil (1958). Although Dietrich loved her home country of Germany, she renounced Hitler and Nazism and refused to work in Germany during World War II. She became a United States citizen in 1943. Her wartime contributions consisted of over 500 morale boosting appearances before Allied troops from 1943 until 1946. Dietrich is credited with popularizing the fashion trend of women wearing trousers rather than skirts or dresses.

Ashley Longshore  

Marlene Dietrich, 2019

Acrylic on custom wood panel

Courtesy of Ashley Longshore Gallery

Click to view a preview of Mo Rocca’s “Mobituaries”: Marlene Dietrich goes to war.

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Ashley Longshore  

Simone Biles, 2019  

Acrylic on canvas  

Courtesy of Ashley Longshore Gallery 

Simone Biles

SIMONE BILES (b. 1997) is an American gymnast who is known for her seven Olympic medals, the difficulty of her award-winning routines, her dedication and consistency, and exuberant personality. Biles is one of gymnastics’ greatest athletes despite her small stature, standing at only four feet and nine inches tall. Ever since her interest in gymnastics was piqued during a day-care field trip at just six years old, Biles has excelled in the vault, uneven bars, balance beam, and floor exercises throughout her career. She has used her athletic success and public platform to shed light on the importance of taking care of athletes’ mental health after she suffered a mental block during the 2020 (2021) Olympic Games in Tokyo. Biles has a career total of fourteen world championship medals, the most medals ever achieved by a United States gymnast, and she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2022. 

Click to view Simone Biles performing the Triple Double on Floor at the Champions Series.

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Ashley Longshore  

Colette, 2019  

Acrylic on custom wood panel

Courtesy of Ashley Longshore Gallery

Colette

COLETTE (1873–1954) was a French author and actress known for her insights into the female mind. Her writings, often autobiographical, center on the struggles of women and their desires for independence in the early 1900s. Colette’s work often portrayed romantic relationships and their follies. Influenced by her early life in Burgundy, France and by her mother’s love of nature, Colette’s works are known for their ability to evoke the senses and express feelings. Her eventful life in Paris was also a major subject of her writing. Colette’s notable works include the novel Claudine in Paris (1901) and the novella Gigi (1944), which was later adapted into a successful stage play that starred Audrey Hepburn (1951), an Academy Award winning film that won nine Oscars, Starring Leslie Caron (1958), and a stage musical (1973). 

Click to view the original movie trailer for Gigi, the 1958 movie based on Colette’s novella starring Leslie Caron. 

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Ashley Longshore  

Simone de Beauvoir, 2019

Acrylic on custom wood panel

Courtesy of Ashley Longshore Gallery

Simone de Beauvoir

SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR (1908–1986) was a French author who is credited with being one of the most prominent Existentialist thinkers of the 1900s. Existentialism is the philosophical study of the nature of human existence that evolved in Europe during the 1800s and 1900s. Though Beauvoir never considered herself a philosopher, her writings discussing equal rights for women and minorities have paved the way for modern feminist theory. She traveled the world championing social justice issues including fair working conditions and justice for victims of war crimes. Beauvoir’s most well-known work is The Second Sex (1949), a book that chronicles how women have been oppressed throughout history. Beauvoir’s gift for writing was acknowledged many times during her lifetime and she received the Prix Goncourt, the most well-known French literary award, for The Mandarins (1954). 

Click to view this biography of Simone de Beauvoir that was presented by The International Simone de Beauvoir Society.

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Ashley Longshore  

Wonder Woman, 2019  

Acrylic on canvas  

Courtesy of Ashley Longshore Gallery 

Lynda Carter

LYNDA CARTER (b. 1951) is a Mexican American actor, singer, and the winner of the Miss World USA pageant in 1972. Carter is best known for playing the lead role of Diana Prince, also known as Wonder Woman, from 1975 until 1979 in the television adaptation of the DC Comics series. Carter believes that Wonder Woman was a feminist icon, using her strong, superhero persona for good. Like Wonder Woman, Carter has spent her life trying to generate positive societal change, championing many causes including the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization, abortion rights, legal equality for the LGBTQ+ community, and people living with HIV/AIDS. She has also inspired others by publically sharing her personal struggle with alcoholism and her twenty-year celebration of sobriety. Carter received the Gracie Allen Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016 and was given a star on the Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame in 2018.

Click to view a compilation video of Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman using her superpowers.

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Kate Middleton

KATE MIDDLETON (b. 1982) known formally as Catherine, Her Royal Highness Duchess of Cambridge, married into the British Royal Family in 2011. Not born as a member of British nobility, Middleton joined the Royal Family when she married Prince William, then the second in line to the British throne and now the first in line after Queen Elizabeth II’s death in September 2022. This painting of the Duchess and her children surrounded by butterflies was painted for a feature on the Royal Family published in Harper’s Bazaar in 2019. When interviewed about the painting, Longshore said she was inspired by Middleton’s radiant smile and the graceful manner in which she handles life as a mother in the public eye. Longshore says, “I think she is a marvelous example of a modern Royal Woman.” Middleton is known for her philanthropic work around the world through the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood. Middleton’s activism focuses on early childhood issues, families, and mental health. 

Ashley Longshore  

Kate Middleton, 2019  

Acrylic on canvas  

Courtesy of Ashley Longshore Gallery

Click to view Kate Middleton’s speech on addiction awareness. 

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Mother Teresa

MOTHER TERESA (1910–1997) was a Roman Catholic nun known best for her work with people living in poverty in Calcutta (also known as Kolkata), India. She was originally born in Macedonia, but she joined a religious order in 1928 that sent her to work in India. It is there that she was granted permission to leave her convent and work among the city’s impoverished people. Mother Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity, an organization still in operation today that provides services and care for refugees, sick children, people with leprosy, people with AIDS, and many other individuals throughout the world. Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her work in India. She was canonized, a process of declaring an individual to be a saint in the Catholic Church, as “Saint Teresa of Calcutta” by Pope Francis on September 4, 2016. 

Ashley Longshore  

Mother Teresa, 2019  

Acrylic on custom wood panel Courtesy of Ashley Longshore Gallery 

Click to view the video, Mother Teresa-20th Century Humanitarian. 

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Audrey Hepburn

AUDREY HEPBURN (1929–1993) was an Academy Award-winning actor and philanthropist known for her gracefulness, beauty, and advocacy for children’s rights worldwide through the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF). Hepburn was born in Brussels, Belgium and trained to be a ballet dancer before becoming an actor. Hepburn’s popularity skyrocketed when she won an Academy Award for Best Actress in Roman Holiday (1953). She gained international fame for her roles in movies including Sabrina (1954), Funny Face (1957), Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), and My Fair Lady (1964). In the last twenty-five years of her life, Hepburn only acted in a few films, instead shifting her focus to her philanthropic efforts. Hepburn served as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador from 1988 until 1993 and traveled to Africa and Latin America to provide humanitarian and developmental help to children and mothers in need. In addition to receiving numerous awards for her acting and musical talents, including Grammy, Emmy, and Tony awards, Hepburn won the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award posthumously in 1993. 

Ashley Longshore  

Audrey with Fruit, Dove, and Pink Diamond Brooch on Green Toile, 2022  

Acrylic on canvas  

Courtesy of Ashley Longshore Gallery

Click to view, Audrey Hepburn: The Magic of Audrey – UNICEF.