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b. 1959, Barbados

Ashley Bickerton Biography

Ashley Bickerton completed studies at the California Institute of the Arts in 1982 before attending the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in New York. Bickerton is known as one of the original members of the group of artists known as Neo-Geo, which also included artists such as Peter Halley and Meyer Vaisman.

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Bickerton’s works are a combination of found objects, photographs, and painting. His works are colourful and figurative, yet with often grotesque connotations. His practice involves painting the bodies of his subjects then taking photographs which he manipulates in order to create his uncanny caricatures with disproportionate and unsettling features. Bickerton provides a dystopian view of humanity through his portraits of grotesque figures. His infamous ‘blue-man,’ often a self-portrait, 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 in 2006 have an almost nightmarish quality with monstrous-looking heads peering out from beneath the surface of water surrounded by debris. Bickerton’s move from New York to Bali in the 1990’s is a clear influence in his work. The frames of Bickerton’s works are made up of materials bought by the artist in Bali and recall Indonesian craft making.

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.

Frances Hodgson | Ocula | 2016

Ashley Bickerton Featured Artworks

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Small Flotsam Painting (Orange/Purple) by Ashley Bickerton contemporary artwork
Ashley BickertonSmall Flotsam Painting (Orange/Purple), 2020Acrylic and found beach flotsam on canvas board with artist made plywood construction
59.7 x 78.7 x 14 cm
Gajah Gallery Contact Gallery
Silver Head I by Ashley Bickerton contemporary artwork
Ashley BickertonSilver Head I, 2012Oil acrylic coral and found objects on digital print on plywood
228.6 x 190 x 17.8 cm
Cardi Gallery Contact Gallery
ANWWLB 2 by Ashley Bickerton contemporary artwork
Ashley BickertonANWWLB 2, 2011Acrylic, digital print, insect pins on paper
119 x 129 x 13 cm
Cardi Gallery Contact Gallery
Pregnant Woman by Ashley Bickerton contemporary artwork
Ashley BickertonPregnant Woman, 2020Acrylic and oil on canvas
133 x 20 x 8.5 cm
Gajah Gallery Contact Gallery
Snake Head No.2 by Ashley Bickerton contemporary artwork
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
Ashley BickertonSnake Head No.1, 2006Etching on STPI handmade paper
59 x 50 cm
STPI - Creative Workshop & Gallery Contact Gallery
Seascape: Floating Ocean Chunk No. 1 by Ashley Bickerton contemporary artwork
Ashley BickertonSeascape: Floating Ocean Chunk No. 1, 2017Resin, fiberglass, oil paint, enamel, aluminum and plywood
57 x 74 x 21 inches
Lehmann Maupin Contact Gallery
Small     Yellow     Catalog:  Cigarettes,     Purple     Pigment,  Cheese     Doodles,     Broken  Glass by Ashley Bickerton contemporary artwork
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 Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Turning the Axis of the World at STPI - Creative Workshop & Gallery, Singapore
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15 August–13 September 2020 Group Exhibition Turning the Axis of the World STPI - Creative Workshop & GallerySingapore
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, The Humanity of Small Things at Gajah Gallery, Singapore
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19 June–10 July 2020 Group Exhibition The Humanity of Small Things Gajah GalleryOnline Only
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, GENSET at Gajah Gallery, Singapore
Closed
17 January–8 March 2020 Group Exhibition GENSET Gajah GallerySingapore

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 New York, Hong Kong, Seoul

Ashley Bickerton In Ocula Magazine

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Emi Eu: ‘We have to look at Southeast Asia as one market’ Ocula Conversation Emi Eu: ‘We have to look at Southeast Asia as one market’ By Stephanie Bailey, Singapore

STPI's Emi Eu reflects on S.E.A. Focus, an STPI project platforming artists and galleries from Southeast Asia, in the wake of Art Stage's decline in 2019 and ahead of the launch of Singapore's new art fair, Art SG, in October 2020.

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Singapore Lowdown: Shows to See Ocula Report Singapore Lowdown: Shows to See By Tessa Moldan, Singapore

Singapore Art Week returns from 11 to 19 January 2020 with a host of island-wide events, at the centre of which is the second edition of S.E.A. Focus (16–19 January 2020) at Gillman Barracks, showcasing the best of contemporary art in Southeast Asia.

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Art Jakarta Drops Anchor in a Stormy Southeast Asian Art Market Ocula Report Art Jakarta Drops Anchor in a Stormy Southeast Asian Art Market By Sam Gaskin, Jakarta

Jakarta may be sinking, prompting the announcement last month that Indonesia will create a new capital on the island of Borneo, but the city's longest-running art fair is on the rise. Founded by the license holder of Harper's Bazaar Indonesia, the fair began as Bazaar Art Jakarta in 2008. While it's still owned by the same holding company, MRA...

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James Page on Yogyakarta Art Lab Ocula Insight James Page on Yogyakarta Art Lab By Elliat Albrecht

Initiated by Singapore-based Gajah Gallery in 2012, Yogyakarta Art Lab (YAL) is a foundry and production house located in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. With a small staff expertly trained in a variety of metal production techniques, the lab's purpose is to engage international artists to experiment with new mediums in order to expand their practices....

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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. It's the kind of thing you can imagine the late Roger Moore briefly interrupting a moment of passion to rush and defuse during his...

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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 on the gallery is about to expand into a 6,000 square foot space in Tanjong Pagar Distripark in Singapore, and also recently opened a second exhibition...

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