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Dennis John Ashbaugh (born 1946 in Red Oak, Iowamarker) is an Americanmarker painter and artist from New Yorkmarker. He is one of the first artists to employ DNA marking patterns in paintings, in his 1992 work Designer Gene. Ashbaugh's use of light and colour in his large-scale paintings of autoradiographs have drawn comparison with Mark Rothko. He is a Guggenheim Fellowship recipient and has had his work exhibited by the New York Metropolitan Museum of Artmarker, the P.S.1 Contemporary Art Centermarker, the Seattle Art Museummarker and the Whitney Museum of American Artmarker among others. Ashbaugh is particularly known for his large portraits of computer viruses and DNA, which have been acquired for the permanent collections of the Hirshhorn Museummarker, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houstonmarker, the Los Angeles County Museum of Artmarker, and the New York Metropolitan.

Dominant themes of Ashbaugh's works are networks and viruses — computer and biological — though he does not use computers to create the works. He is renowned for his 1992 collaboration with speculative fiction novelist William Gibson, an artists' book called Agrippa . Gibson's writings — as well as those of his friend, collaborator and fellow cyberpunk Bruce Sterling — influenced many of Ashbaugh's paintings: "Their writings have had a life-changing influence on me, … When I first read Gibson, I walked through the East Village and thought, 'Oh, what a lovely place this is.' It changed my notion of urban decay."

Ashbaugh purchased a trim frame house in Flamingo Park, West Palm Beach, Floridamarker with his companion, best-selling self-help author Alexandra Penney. The New York Times has characterised Ashbaugh as "a charismatic ex-surfer whose address book can probably hold its own against that of the most aggressive jet set type."


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  • at Wingate Studio

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