Asher Bilu is an established artist living an working in Melbourne. Originally a painter, Asher's work now breaks free of the canvas to create immersive experiences.
Born in Israel in 1936, Asher Bilu began his career as an artist soon after arriving in Australia in December 1956. His first solo exhibition at Dalgetty Street Gallery in 1959 was quickly followed by two exhibitions at John Reed’s renowned Museum of Modern Art of Australia. Since then he has exhibited widely in Australia and Europe, and has work held by major collecting institutions throughout Australia, including four commissioned works for the Concert Hall of the Victorian Arts Centre.
Other commissioned work includes his installations in public galleries, such as Amaze (1982), Mysterium (2003), and Heavens (2006), some of which have toured to regional venues in Australia. Asher is included in numerous collections such as National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory and Museum of Modern Art at Heide, Melbourne.
‘Call it sculpture, or call it painting, my aim is to create visual ecstasies. The possibilities seem endless.’
– Asher Bilu