Ashley Bickerton is a contemporary artist presently living in Bali. A mixed-media artist, Bickerton combines photographic and painterly elements with industrial and found object assemblages. The works that he created during his residency at STPI, were mixed-media pieces of “spooky images” representing green-skinned creatures emerging from a sea littered with cans and bottles.
A seminal figure in New York’s East Village scene, Bickerton was one of the original members of a group of artists that were known as “Neo-Geo”. Standing alongside Jeff Koons, Peter Halley, and Meyer Vaisman, Neo-Geometric Conceptualism rejected the Neo-Expressionist trends in painting. They critiqued the mechanisation and commercialisation of the modern world, using geometry as a metaphor for society.
When Bickerton moved to the Indonesian island of Bali, his work became increasingly figurative, populated by a cast of grotesque and exotic characters – from voluptuous indigenous women to grimacing serpents with human characteristics. Conscious of the distortion in his objects, the works are a critique of capitalism and an exploration of issues in contemporary art related to the commodification of the art object itself. Whether painting directly on the human body, making sculpture, or creating large-scale hyper-realistic paintings, the artist remains an influential figure with a younger generation of artists.
Bickerton has exhibited his work with STPI, with his solo exhibition titled Ashley Bickerton: …Just This! (2006). His works are showcased internationally and are in various public art and museum collections, includng the Museum of Modern Art; the Tate; the Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, Paris; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Berardo Collection Museum in Lisbon, Portugal; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. His solo exhibitions were notably held at Lehmann Maupin Gallery, Sonnabend Gallery, and White Cube London.