Blue Woman, Pink Cloud
Created in late 2020 especially for this exhibition, ‘Blue Woman, Pink Cloud’ is Ashley’s latest addition to the ‘Silver Ladies’ series, and features a merging of materials that seem to flow over from the Flotsam series. Set in front of a background of swirling radioactive hues and streams of painted pebbles forming an undulating line of sea foam, the women wears leis adopted from Polynesian cultures and is drenched in silver – an almost unrecognisable “trophy wife”.
Rising to prominence in New York’s East Village scene in the early 1980s, Ashley Bickerton spearheaded an alternative art movement alongside Jeff Koons, Peter Halley, and Meyer Vaisman, heralding a new style of geometric painting that rebelled against Neo-Expressionist trends. In 1993, Bickerton left New York and moved to Bali, Indonesia, where he lives and works today, having observed and experienced radical changes on the island over the last 30 years. Bickerton’s work explores the fantasy of a tropical island paradise and its reality as a de-cultured touristic locale that has been reconstructed to feed the westernized paradise ideal. Bickerton’s work has featured at the 1989 Whitney Biennial and the 44th Venice Biennale (1990), as well as in the public collections of MoMA, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art; and Tate Britain, London, amongst others.
Oil, acrylic and stones on cardboard and plywood
133 x 176 x 16 cm