The work of Ash Lieb deals in the absurd. While one element deals with the laughter, nonsense and ridicule of absurd or surreal humour the other deals with the philosophical definition of absurdism regarding the conflict between pursuing the meaning of life and the inability to find it.
Lieb’s first ever solo exhibit “Old Shoe” was held in the July of 1991 at the historic Ballarat Civic hall site when the artist was just eight years of age. By the age of eleven the artist had staged five solo exhibitions of drawings and paintings among dozens of other group shows in concert halls, galleries and clubs between Ballarat and Melbourne. In 1995, after months where even short car rides was torture and simply lying still to sleep at night was a nightmare, the twelve year old artist had surgery to remove a tumour pressing upon his spine.
In 1998, before the age of sixteen the artist would write his first short novel “The Secret Well”, which would be published just days after his sixteenth birthday. At the age of twenty the artist was struck down with a rare brain tumour in the region of the brain responsible for, among other things, paranoia and hallucinations. After completing the story entitled “The Technicolor Transgressions of the Blue Rose” Lieb would undergo brain surgery in 2003 and again in 2007 with radiation treatments whilst studying the final year of a visual arts degree in digital art at Ballarat university.
In 2009 Lieb would have his first solo exhibit in eleven years while living in Brisbane where he regularly performed comedy on stage, and held numerous group exhibitions in a temporary space on the streets known as Cruel World gallery. The following year in 2010 Lieb would perform comedy on stage to packed crowds at the Geelong Performing Arts Centre and Fitzroy’s Evelyn Hotel.
The artist’s first exhibition of digital artworks was held in April of 2011 in a one man show at Space 22 entitled “The Meaning of Life“.
In January of 2013 Lieb held his first solo exhibition at Ballarat’s Red Brick gallery with an exhibit of thirty centimeter pieces called “How not to be seen” and in October of 2013 the artist will exhibit for the first time at Ballarat’s Backspace Gallery with an exhibit of spiritual images in a show entitled “the Holy Grail“.