The little shop of horrors that is Ashley Bickerton's sixth solo show at this gallery picks up where his fifth left off. Full of hyperrealistically rendered ghouls, geeks, monsters, and weirdos, these new works take his visual extremes to even further extremes, and the autobiographical elements to deeper, more-obscure depths. Bickerton's last show, in 1996, was one of the better comebacks in recent memory; the paintings were full of himself and his vitriolic hatred for the world he came from. These paintings are better. And though his old ghosts overfetishized skill and artificial emotion continue to dog him, in its own sometimes silly way, this new work exudes an almost... More >>>
By Robin Holland
When Bickerton is on, he's lethal: The Vlaminko's (1999).