Bruce Bickford (1947 - 2019)
Untitled (Roach Coach), c. 2014
Graphite on paper
11 x 17 inches
Bruce Bickford (1947-2019) is widely considered a pioneer and master of clay animation, creating uniquely bizarre narratives in perpetually morphing plasticine. Although primarily known for his clay and line animation, the artist spent much of his later life creating intricate paintings, drawings, graphic novels, and sculptural objects. The artist gained a cult following in the 1970s when his animations were featured extensively in the films of Frank Zappa, including Baby Snakes (1979), The Dub Room Special (1982), and The Amazing Mr. Bickford (1987). Subsequently, he produced his most highly regarded piece, the award-winning 1988 feature Prometheus' Garden, as well as his final film, CAS’L’ (2015). In 2004 he was the subject of an award-winning feature-length documentary by Brett Ingram, Monster Road. More recently, some of Bickford’s last works, as well as a sequence of never-before-seen animation from the 70s, appeared in Alex Winter’s documentary feature Zappa (2020).
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