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THIS was one art exhibition where you were never lost for words.

A series of thought-provoking contemporary art pieces, combining illustrations and text, made up a delightful exhibition at The Aspex Gallery at Gunwharf Quays.

A number of artists, many of them local, combined their efforts to create the exhibition, aptly called Must Have... Been Something You Said.

Ashley John, 24, from Southsea, was among the contributors, creating his own visual masterpiece based around four poems, written by Southsea poet Marcus Lloyd.

Ashley said: ‘It’s sort of about love, hate, relationships. I took them to a different level.

‘He had been working on them for many years.

‘It was nice to be able to bring new life to them.

‘It’s been a really positive reaction so far.’

Artists featured in the show include Adam Hayes, Bethany Milam, Rebecca Watson, David Austen, Jodie Silsby, Louise Bush, and Karin Akesson.

A Vernacular Map of Portsea Island, by Jodie Silsby, has certainly been a talking point as it replaces road names with common Pompey or Royal Navy sayings.

Ashley added: ‘It’s a really impressive piece. When you get to read it, it’s really quite funny!’

The exhibition ended on Friday after running for two months, with hundreds of people through the doors.

Ashley said: ‘There has been a lot of interest, but it also provokes conversation which is a really great thing.

‘Because there’s such a wide range of things, textiles, graphics, it’s nice for them all to be in one exhibition.’