Steven Asquith

Steven Asquith’s work engages with both traditional notions of mark making and contemporary abstraction. Typically using spray chalkboard enamel, paint markers and enamel paint on paper or board, he interweaves modern materials with primitive symbolism to negate the traditional boundaries of composition, and to interrogate the manner by which images are constructed today. By collapsing these aesthetic foundations in his work, Asquith has created a unique abstract visual language to express contemporary experiences of hybrid visual cultures.

Asquith completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at RMIT in 2000. Solo exhibitions include Ghosts of the thrill, Utopian Slumps, Melbourne, 2011; Storm Concepts, Utopian Slumps, Melbourne, 2010; New Paintings, Don’t Come, Melbourne, 2009; Steven Asquith, The Ship Gallery, London, 2005; and Experiencing Technical Difficulties, RMIT First Site Gallery, Melbourne, 1999. Selected group exhibitions include Sub12, Substation, 2012 (forthcoming); Paul Guest Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery, 2012; Detours through abstraction, Arts Project Australia, Melbourne, 2011; Freehand: recent Australian drawing, curated by Linda Michael, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, 2010-11; Cut ‘N’ Paste, Peleton, Sydney, 2007; Pretty Little Things, The Ship Gallery, London, 2003; First Site, Sahara, 1998. Asquith was the recipient of an Australia Council Exchange to New York in 2000. He has lived and worked in New York and London, including a position at Gagosian Gallery from 2001 to 2007. He established The Ship Gallery, an artist-run space in London with Dick Evans in 2003, and was one of the Founding Directors of Block Projects, Melbourne. Asquith is current finalist in the Paul Guest Prize at Bendigo Art Gallery.