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.
Asher Bilu has established a reputation for creating paintings, sculpture and installations that are fascinating, challenging and extremely moving. His technique changes as he investigates the use of new media, but his work always reflects his ongoing fascination with light, and his love of music and science, especially cosmology. In 1965 he won the Blake Prize for a work entitled I form Light and Create Darkness – Isiah 45:7 which is dominated by a large meteor shape suggesting a dramatic moment in the birth of life out of chaos. His work includes a commission for four paintings for the Concert Hall of the Victorian Arts Centre, and several large installations, such as Amaze (1982), Escape (1992), Sanctum (1997), Explanandum (2002), Mysterium (2003), Heavens (2006) and Invisible (2007).
He has contributed to several films by Director Paul Cox as production designer, including the acclaimed Man of Flowers, and the most recent Human Touch which also features his two installations Amaze and Explanandum.