Noel Ashton was born in 1963 in Cape Town and graduated from Kingswood College in Grahamstown.
Building on his extensive research into understanding how anatomy and form dictate movement for the artist, Noel began an in-depth journey into better understanding the horse. Few animals evoke such a sense of grace and power as horses, and Noel was drawn to them as a way to further explore his love of sculpture. Horses are of course very different to whales on which he developed his anatomical research, leading to him moving his studio to the country town of Greyton to spend time studying horses. This creative year formed the foundation for a whole new body of work, ranging from a folio of anatomical studies to a new series of evocative bronzes.
The artist explains about Wind Horse, “when I reflect on the grace and majesty of a horse in motion, I think about flow, that incredible dynamic of muscle and power that is transformed into something difficult to describe but instantly recognisable. That was the challenge that inspired this sculpture and the creative language that gave it flight…”
Noel exhibits both in South Africa and the United Kingdom.