ASHLEY BICKERTON (b. 1959, Barbados)
ASHLEY BICKERTON’s work is synonymous with colour, vibrancy and strong undertones of anti-consumerism. This can be identified through his use and portrayal of natural and organic items like coconuts or waste-trodden landscapes. Staying true to his neo-geo roots, Bickerton uses his locale as his inspiration – tropical and sunny Bali with the exoticism and mystique that he articulates through his hands. Swaying trees, flowers and serpents dot his works, seemingly as if he was peering out his window in Bali, while he goes about formulating new sardonic ways to slander society and even himself. Grotesque, crude but undeniably eye-catching, Bickerton will remain relevant and enterprising as the world ages and continuously degrades ironically from humanity’s progression.
Silicon bronze, stainless steel rod, metal, woodbase
41 x 46 x 170 cm
In 2015, Bickerton began collaborating with Yogya Art Lab in 2015, which brought about a new dimension to his 30-year long oeuvre. Recurring subjects and themes in his painting practice in Bali, from the shark motif to his iconic silver-skinned Balinese women, were recreated into highly polished, exquisitely detailed life-sized sculptures. Imposing with their surreal, alien-like qualities, Bickerton’s sculptures unsettle viewers in fresh ways, as they move beyond the canvas and enter into our space.
86 x 50 x 210 cm
A distinctive feature of Bickerton’s works created in Bali is his satirical set of characters: the nude, silky-skinned Balinese women painted in silver; and the Western foreigner painted in alien-like blue.
Yet, her perfect, pristine form makes her appear hollow, almost non-human—moving us to ponder how women like her have long been objectified and othered, treated as mere background or decoration to another’s fantasy.
86 x 50 x 210 cm