It has been almost a decade since American artist Ashley Bickerton last brought his eclectic, inimitable art to the UK. Luckily, Newport Street Gallery has remedied that with a new solo show entitled Ornamental Hysteria. Running until late August, it gives both avowed fans (including Damien Hirst, who collects Bickerton) and young enthusiasts the chance to experience 50 works spanning his three-decade career. A key figure in the East Village art scene in the early 1980s, Bickerton rose to prominence alongside the likes of Jeff Koons and Haim Steinbach with a style dauntingly named “Neo-Geometric Conceptualism”. More recent work includes photo collage and painting, with canvases combining the two bursting with vivacious primary colour and figures that look almost reminiscent of the Pacific and Oceania. Bickerton himself abandoned New York in 1993 and now lives and works in Bali; his work is bound to add a touch of warmth and zest to the day of anyone who can’t wait till summer.
Image: Smiling Woman (2009), © Ashley Bickerton