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Asher BILU 1936 -

Biography

Born in 1936, Asher Bilu is an Australian artist who specialises in painting, sculpture and installations. From the beginning of his career, Bilu has placed emphasis on technological experimentation, and his abstract works focus on light, music and science, particularly cosmology.

Originally from Israel, Bilu's interest in art was aroused by an exhibition of abstract art in Tel Aviv. After completing his Israeli army service, Bilu moved to Australia and held his first solo exhibition in 1959. After this event, he became established in the art scene, and in 1965 won the prestigious Blake Prize.

Bilu's early paintings used raw pigments combined with industrial resins, using fire and water to create intriguing textures. From this point onwards, Bilu moved into three-dimensional pieces and later into installations, often incorporating found objects and other unconventional materials.

An Eye Remote is no exception to the general rules of Bilu's artistic practice. The abstract composition both suggests and deters specific readings, remaining ambiguous, while the unorthodox materials lend the work a strong tactile quality.