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Ashley Bickerton was born in Barbados in 1959. He studied at the California Institute of the Arts before moving to New York, and became one of the ‘Fantastic Four’ along with Jeff Koons, Peter Halley and Meyer Vaisman. Their work, known as ‘Neo-Geo’, caused a sensation, and the next few years proved intoxicating for Bickerton. Over the last twenty-five years, Bickerton has exhibited throughout Europe and America and his work is in several public art collections.
Recent solo shows include Sonnabend Gallery, New York, 2004; Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Singapore, 2006 and Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York, 2008. Bickerton took up residency at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute where he created a series of complex works with multi-layered mixed media such as lithography, monoprint, digital print, cast paper and assemblage. His work was also featured in an East Village USA retrospective at the New Museum of Contemporary Art New York, 2004; Tomorrowland: CalArts in Moving Pictures, Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2006; The Fractured Figure, Deste Foundation, Athens, 2007 and SAND: Memory, Meaning, and Metaphor, The Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, New York, 2008
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Damien Hirst was born in Bristol in 1965. He first came to public attention in 1988 when he conceived and curated ‘Freeze’, an exhibition of his own work and that of his contemporaries at Goldsmiths college, staged in a disused London warehouse. Since this time Hirst has become widely recognized as one of the most influential artists of his generation. Through a varied practice of installation, sculpture, painting and drawing Hirst has sought to explore the complex relationship between art, life and death. Alongside over 80 solo exhibitions he has worked on numerous curatorial projects. In 2008, Hirst took the unprecedented step of bypassing gallery involvement in selling 244 new works at a Sotheby’s, London auction entitled ‘Beautiful Inside My Head Forever’. Hirst was awarded the Turner Prize in 1995 and his contribution to British art over the last two and a half decades has been acknowledged in a major solo retrospective currently being exhibited at Tate Modern, London. He lives in Devon and has studios in Gloucester and London. For more information on the artist, please visit damienhirst.com. Text © Damien Hirst & Science Ltd., All rights reserved, 2012
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Francesca Lowe was born in London in 1979. She graduated from the Royal Academy Schools in 2004 and has exhibited in London, New York and Beijing. In 2008 she represented the UK at the Beijing Biennale at the National Art Museum Beijing. She won the Red Mansion Prize in 2003, and the Deutsche Bank Pyramid Award for Fine Art in 2004. Her work explores the human journey through life and time. She lives and works in London.
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English artist Gary Hume, born in 1962, graduated from Goldsmith’s College, London, in 1988. He was part of Damien Hirst’s 1988 Freeze exhibition now considered to be the launch of the Young British Artists. He currently lives and works in London and upstate New York.
Departing from his ‘door paintings’ Hume started making small-scale gloss paintings on aluminum, using images from the media, celebrities and animals. His bright palette and 2-D surfaces describe simplified forms often describing pop culture and childhood idioms.
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Harland Miller was born in Yorkshire in 1964. After completing an MA in Fine Art at the Chelsea College of Art & Design he moved to New York, where he lived and worked for several years whilst exhibiting at the Prisunic Gallery. In 1992 he moved back to Europe, first to newly reunified Berlin where he began writing. By 1994 he was living and working in Paris, where he exhibited at the Galerie Louis XIV. After more extensive travels Miller eventually returned to the UK in 1996/97 where he carried on writing as well as painting. In 2001 he achieved critical acclaim for his debut novel Slow Down Arthur, Stick To Thirty and in 2002 he occupied the Writer in Residency post at the ICA. This was followed by his first one-man show, 'To Jean – A Small Memento of a Great Effort’, at the White Cube Gallery in 2003. Miller combined both writing and painting when he curated a group show at the White Cube gallery, You Dig The Tunnel, I’ll Hide The Soil, in 2009, to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe. Harland Miller lives and works in London and Yorkshire and is currently adapting one of his books in conjunction with the British Film Council.
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Reproducing images of popular culture and everyday domesticity, Johannes Albers’ work seems to simultaneously praise and poke fun at modern-day interests and values. Starting out with the intention to ‘do the opposite of what was really hip’, Albers’ work has encompassed a range of printed motifs, from bathmats to band tapes, ping-pong tables to Stanley knives. His incessant reproduction of these images reflects – and criticizes – the disposability of much of today’s media culture and marketing imagery. His intention is to ‘one day see the uncorrupted mirror-images of this world. A twin world with extensions or channels into the real world’.
Founder of the now-defunct Club Vernissage – a two-man group with dogmas ranging from ‘Marketing is Bullshit’ to ‘Celebrities are Monkeys’ – Albers went on to pursue his own vision; a vision which, at its core, retains the desire to be always ‘different’. Whether idolizing analog compilation cassettes – scrawled with ‘CLASH’ and ‘Joy Division’ – or flattening a fuzzy bathmat across a sharp monochrome plane, Albers’ work remains positioned firmly outside the status quo.
A freelance journalist since 1997, Albers currently lives in Berlin.
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Born in Nottingham, England in 1966, Mat Collishaw studied at Goldsmiths College of Art from 1986 to 1989, along with a number of other prominent international British artists. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions including Freeze in 1988, and Modern Medicine in 1990, and has had many solo exhibitions in the UK and internationally, he is represented by Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in New York and Haunch of Venison, Zurich. His work appears in important public collections including Tate, London and Centre Pompidou, Paris.
Mat Collishaw lives and works in London.
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Michael Craig-Martin, born in Dublin in 1941, was educated at Yale University, where he studied Fine Art. His early work during the 1970s was influenced by philosophies of Minimalism, and Craig-Martin used household objects and materials to create his sculptures. During this period, and through the 1980s, he taught at Goldsmiths' College, London, where he exerted a considerable influence on his students: Julian Opie, Lisa Milroy, Ian Davenport, Gary Hume, Fiona Rae and Damien Hirst. In the 1990s his focus was directed towards painting, outlining shapes and motifs common to everyday life in lurid colors, in which his commitment to line drawing was - and is - articulated.
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Sarah Lucas was born in Holloway, London, in 1962 and studied at Goldsmith's College. One of the leading figures in the generation of Young British Artists who emerged during the 1990s, she has gained an international reputation for provocative works that frequently employ coarse visual puns and a defiant, bawdy humor. Her works span the media of photography, collage and found objects. She lives in Suffolk and works in London and is represented by Sadie Coles HQ, London, Gladstone Gallery, New York, and CFA Berlin.
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