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b. 1959, Barbados

Ashley Bickerton Biography

Treading the boundary between figuration and abstraction, often with a touch of the grotesque or sinister, Ashley Bickerton creates collaged wall-pieces, paintings, and prints that examine the production and commodification of art in contemporary consumer society.

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Ashley Bickerton completed his studies at the California Institute of the Arts in 1982 before attending the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in New York. In the late 1980s, he garnered attention for his neo-conceptualist works and association with the artist group Neo-Geo that included Jeff Koons, Peter Halley, and Mayer Vaisman. As Bickerton told Ocula Magazine in 2014, however, he found the connection to be restrictive: 'I was boxed by the box.'

Bickerton's move from New York to Bali in the 1990's led to a break with his earlier works. Tormented Self-Portrait (Susie in Arles) (1987–1988), for example, employs corporate-style logos to claim a consumer identity. By contrast, 'Flotsam Series' (2021) brings together the flotsam gathered from Bali's shores, paint, and wooden crates to create 'reimagined landscape paintings' as Rory Mitchell wrote for Ocula in 2021.

Discussing the fundamental differences between his works in New York and Bali, Ashley Bickerton told Ocula in 2015 that 'some seeds just don't grow in certain environmental conditions.'

Ahsley Bickerton's practice involves painting the bodies of his subjects then taking photographs that he manipulates in order to create uncanny caricatures with disproportionate and unsettling features. Bickerton provides a dystopian view of humanity through his portraits of grotesque figures such as his infamous 'blue-man'. Often a self-portrait, 'blue-man' is representative of the 20th century man who, in Bickerton's works, is both a family man and a manic drug fiend.

Pieces produced during Bickerton's time as an artist-in-residence at the STPI, Singapore, in 2006 have an almost nightmarish quality with monstrous-looking heads peering out from beneath the surface of water surrounded by debris.

Bickerton's works are held in many international public collections including at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Tate, London; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; the Foundation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain, Paris; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Berardo Collection Museum, Portugal; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Ashley Bickerton Solo Exhibitions include:

In Focus: Ashley Bickerton, Lehmann Maupin, New York (2021); Ashley Bickerton, Newport Street Gallery, London (2017); Walls and Paintings, Dirimart Gallery, Istanbul (2015); Mitochondrial Eve/Viral Mother, Lehmann Maupin, New York (2013); 313 Gallery, Seoul (2012); White Cube, London (2009).

Ashley Bickerton Group Exhibitions include:

Chat Roulette, Massimo De Carlo, London (2020); People, Deitch Projects, Los Angeles (2019); Amplituhedron, K11 Art Foundation, Hong Kong (2018); Brand New: Art and Commodity in the 1980s, Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C. (2018); Archaeology Of The Present, Gajah Gallery, Singapore (2016); Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney's Collection, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2016); Illeana Sonnabend: Ambassador for the New, MoMA, New York (2013).

Ocula | 2021

Ashley Bickerton Featured Artworks

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Black Rock by Ashley Bickerton contemporary artwork painting, mixed media
Ashley BickertonBlack Rock, 2020Beach flotsam, oil and acrylic on canvas with plywood
95 x 126 x 14.7 cm
Lehmann Maupin Contact Gallery
Girl with Stripes by Ashley Bickerton contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Ashley BickertonGirl with Stripes, 2021Oil on canvas
145 x 129 cm
Gajah Gallery Contact Gallery
Blue Woman Pink Cloud by Ashley Bickerton contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Ashley BickertonBlue Woman Pink Cloud, 2020Oil, acrylic and stones on cardboard and plywood
112 x 150 x 10 cm
Gajah Gallery Contact Gallery
Pink Cloud by Ashley Bickerton contemporary artwork painting
Ashley BickertonPink Cloud, 2020Beach flotsam, oil and acrylic on canvas with plywood
133 x 176 x 14.7 cm
Lehmann Maupin Contact Gallery
Round Cloud by Ashley Bickerton contemporary artwork painting
Ashley BickertonRound Cloud, 2020Beach flotsam, oil and acrylic on canvas with plywood
133 x 176 x 14.7 cm
Lehmann Maupin Contact Gallery
Snake Head No.2 by Ashley Bickerton contemporary artwork print
Ashley BickertonSnake Head No.2, 2006Etching, aquatint and relief print on STPI handmade paper
59 x 49 cm
STPI - Creative Workshop & Gallery Contact Gallery
Snake Head No.1 by Ashley Bickerton contemporary artwork print
Ashley BickertonSnake Head No.1, 2006Etching on STPI handmade paper
59 x 50 cm
STPI - Creative Workshop & Gallery Contact Gallery
Small     Yellow     Catalog:  Cigarettes,     Purple     Pigment,  Cheese     Doodles,     Broken  Glass by Ashley Bickerton contemporary artwork mixed media
Ashley BickertonSmall     Yellow     Catalog:  Cigarettes,     Purple     Pigment,  Cheese     Doodles,     Broken  Glass, 1991painted aluminum, cigarettes, purple     pigment,     cheese doodles, broken glass, and glass
41 x 41 x 9 inches
Lehmann Maupin Contact Gallery

Ashley Bickerton Recent Exhibitions

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Ashley Bickerton Represented By

Cardi Gallery contemporary art gallery in Milan, Italy Cardi Gallery London, Milan
Gajah Gallery contemporary art gallery in Singapore Gajah Gallery Singapore, Yogyakarta
Lehmann Maupin contemporary art gallery in 536 West 22nd Street, New York, USA Lehmann Maupin Hong Kong, London, New York, Seoul

Ashley Bickerton In Ocula Magazine

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Ashley Bickerton In Related Press

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Ashley Bickerton: Direct, enigmatic and in constant pursuit of profitable alienation... Related Press Ashley Bickerton: Direct, enigmatic and in constant pursuit of profitable alienation... 1 July 2017, ArtReview

Boom! That's how Ornamental Hysteria, Ashley Bickerton's current exhibition at Damien Hirst's Newport Street Gallery, opens—with a box sporting an ominous red LED number-counter bolted to the wall.

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Where are they now? Tracking the Neo-geometric Conceptualists. Related Press Where are they now? Tracking the Neo-geometric Conceptualists. 4 April 2016, LEAP Magazine

We live in a state of the perpetual present. With the revolving door of exhibitions in more and more venues, commercial and scholarly alike, thousands of artists appear on a relatively flat plane of aesthetics. This is good for a lot of things—fair art criticism among them—but it tends to hurt our understanding, as viewers, of where the...

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Mutant Mystique—The STPI network Related Press Mutant Mystique—The STPI network 22 January 2016, Randian

Randian is in Singapore for Art Stage. As part of our coverage we are visiting a number of the institutions and galleries contributing to the emerging Singaporean and South East Asian art scene. In this article, we turn to Singapore’s STPI If New York’s alter ego is Gotham City, then Singapore’s is more like a figment of...

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Ocula Q&A: Jasdeep Sandhu, founder of Gajah Gallery, Singapore Related Press Ocula Q&A: Jasdeep Sandhu, founder of Gajah Gallery, Singapore 29 August 2015, Ocula

In 1996, Jasdeep Sandhu established Gajah Gallery in Singapore with the purpose of promoting Southeast Asian Contemporary Art with an emphasis on Indonesian contemporary art. Now twenty years o

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