Steve Bishop Exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery

Steve Bishop
Jean-Paul Gaultier - Classique (Arctic Fox)


Taxidermied fox, concrete, paint

147 x 53 x 47 cm (with base)
Bishop conceived these pieces as “containers for something.” When joined the taxidermy and concrete unite a variety of opposites: soft and hard matter, real and stylised form, nature and construction. By setting one object into another, he literally created an “embodiment”. This idea of a sculpture being both an object and a vessel relates to the history of idolatry, where a form is both a representation and manifestation of its subject.
Steve Bishop
Christian Dior - J'adore (Mountain Goat) (2 views and 1 detail)


Taxidermied goat, concrete, chalk

170 x 105 x 144 cm (with base)
Christian Dior - J’Adore (Mountain Goat) and Jean Paul Gaultier – Classique (Arctic Fox) are two of a series of three works. “All three involved copying the form of figurative perfume bottles. I liked that they were a dual image: on one hand it’s a bottle, on the other it’s a figure. I saw the taxidermy and the concrete bottle as two figures melding into each other, and also as two objects overlapping. Taxidermy is as much of an object as a coffee cup or any other thing. But they were white and there’s an idea of purity involved, and when you see the fur matted and embedded in concrete it’s quite jarring.”
Steve Bishop
It's Hard To Make A Stand


Fur coat, polyurethane, polythene, mirrored acrylic, wood

215 x 196 x 102 cm
“It’s Hard To Make A Stand is a more recent work,” says Bishop. “I was getting more into using found things and there’s less of my hand in the making. The horse is made from foam, and the blue sheet is the wrapper it came in. I draped a fur coat over its head and it looks like a dog’s head. I’m interested in this process of readymade assemblage because it’s more powerful to let something operate by itself. It was really hard to make a base for it – that’s where the title comes from. The stand has a double bevelled edge as a nod to public sculpture. It’s like a defaced memorial, like when you see a statue of a soldier on a horse and someone’s put a traffic cone on its head – what does that gesture stand for?”

Steve Bishop's Biography

Steve Bishop
Born in 1983, Toronto, Canada
Lives and works in London


Seeing Is Forgetting What You’re Looking At or What It’s Called or Something, Frankfurt am Main, Berlin
What Would It Be Without You, Talion, Tokyo

You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To, Supportico Lopez @ 6817, Los Angeles
Insulated By The Boundary, And Now, Dallas

Noclip, La Salle de bains, Lyon
Standard Ballad, Carlos/Ishikawa, London
It’s Easier To Love Your Song Than It Is To Love You, Stereo, Warsaw
Deliquescing, Lock-up International, London

It’s Easier To Love Your Song Than It Is To Love You, Supportico Lopez, Berlin

An Escalator Can Never Break, It Can Only Become Stairs, Carlos/Ishikawa, London

Buildings are Heavy, Supplement, London

Sheer Fatigue, Christopher Crescent, London

Instant Distance / Distant Instance – Outpost Gallery, Norwich, UK
Some Thing To Believe In – Pianissimo, Milan, Italy

Simply Read- Supplement Gallery, London


Condo Unit, Galeria Jaqueline Martins, São Paulo
Computer, Bureau Des Réalités, Brussels
Red House, Talion, Tokyo
Black Mirror: Art as a Social Satire, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK.

Condo, Bureau, New York
Benefit show, Shanaynay, Paris
Accept baby, Forde, Geneva

How Deep is the Ocean (curated by Arlene Berceliot Courtin), Shanaynay, Paris
An Idle Visitation (organised by ANDNOW, Hester & Tomorrow), Plaza Mercado, Santa Fe
Ver Lento (curated by Francisco Cordero-Oceguera), Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City
Irony Comes from a Vanishing Point (curated by Julia Marchand), Stereo, Warsaw

Borrowed Alibis, Freymond-Guth Fine Arts, Zürich
Limited Liability Corporation, Frankfurt am Main & LLC, Berlin
City, William Arnold, New York

In the Wake (curated by Julia Marchand), Truth and Consequences, Geneva
Enigma, Minibar, Stockholm
Fight, Center, Berlin
Pre-Pop to Post-Human (curated by Isobel Harbison), Hayward Touring, UK

From Morn Till Midnight, Supportico Lopez, Berlin
To Clear The Bush Of Your Garden (with Richard Sides), David Dale Gallery, Glasgow
Every bird brings a different melody to the garden, No Format, London

Remainder (curated by Alex Ross), Hilary Crisp, London
Technicolour Yawn (curated by Nadim Samman), Import Projects, Berlin & Karst Projects, Plymouth
Painting Without Paint, David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen

Performance Anxiety (curated by Nicolas Djandji), Stadium, New York
Steve Bishop & Dan Shaw-Town, Christopher Crescent, London
Common Room, Pianissimo, Milan
Studio Artists Group Show, Woodmill, London

Library of Babel / In and Out of Place, Zabludowicz Collection, London
Converse / Dazed Emerging Artists Award, Stephen Friedman, London
Newspeak: British Art Now Part II, The Saatchi Gallery, London
New Panorama, Pianissimo, Milan
The Devil’s Necktie, Woodmill, London

Removed from the Eyes of Strangers – Galeri Andersson/Sandström, Umeå, Sweden
Aurora/Outpost – Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, UK (screening)
Works from the Franks-Suss Collection – London, UK
Jupiter and Beyond the Infinite – Synchronicity Space, Los Angeles, USA
Grey Matter – Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, UK
Ventriloquist – Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, UK
Meanwhile… – Twenty by Thirty Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
Mirror Site – MWMN, New York, USA (screening)
Short Artist’s Films – Christopher Crescent, London, UK (screening)
Unheimlich – The Nunnery, Bow Arts Trust, London, UK

Bloomberg New Contemporaries – A-Foundation, Liverpool, UK, Club Row, London, UK
V22 Presents: The Wharf Road Project – V22 Project Space, London, UK
The Culture Clash – The Working Rooms, London, UK
An Evening of 3 Short Films – Parasol Unit, London, UK (screening)
The Enigma of William Tell and Other Tales – The Agency, London, UK
Soul Stripper – Projet Midi, Brussels, Belgium
Unheimlich – Leeds Met Gallery, Leeds, UK

Bloomberg New Contemporaries – New Art Gallery, Walsall, Club Row, London, UK Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK
S1/Salon Season 4 – S1 Artspace, Sheffield, UK (screening)
4th Halloween Short Film Festival – ICA, London, UK (screening)
Alternative Possible World – AirSpace Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, UK

Peace Camp -Brick Lane Gallery, London

Multiples - LOT, Bristol