Ashley Bickerton

The Five Sages

The Five Sages by Ashley Bickerton

Artwork Detail

Ashley Bickerton’s vision is often that of a

blighted paradise, a profusion of tropical decay.

The heads on the five sages sprout exotic

flowers and rant obscenities suggesting a state

of delusional paranoia.

Since the artist’s move from New York to Bali

in 1993 he has cast himself in the role of the

cultural castaway, shipwrecked in a perfectly

groomed tourist hell – his paintings like surreal

postcards home. (Recent Contemporary Acquisitions, 2002)

The Five Sages
Ashley Bickerton
Production date
acrylic, pencil and photographs on plywood
1218 x 2440 mm
Credit line
The Auckland Triennial Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased with funds from the Graeme Maunsell and the Lyndsay Garland Trust, 2001
Accession no
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International Art
Display status
Not on display

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