Born in South Africa, Appleson is a self‐taught artist, now living and working in London.
He has recently held solo shows at The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Hales Gallery London, and previously been commissioned by The Jerwood Foundation.
Appleson has recently been commissioned by MAC Birmingham to develop a major new project around youth culture in Britain, culminating in a solo show and launch of new publication there in summer 2015. It forms part of a forthcoming programme with the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies at Birmingham University - famous for the key studies and research of Stuart Hall - and has also been invited to curate a historical perspective of subcultures, utilising amongst others, the Library of Birmingham archive.
His recent artist residency at The London Contemporary Dance School, resulted in 'Dance of ordinariness' a moving image work commissioned by The Stanley Picker Gallery to accompany the recent Eadweard Muybridge show at Tate Britain.
Appleson created both moving-image and photographic works inspired by Muybridge’s collotype sequences of human figures, inviting dancers to reinterpret gestures and actions that related to various visual narratives that Muybridge himself built into his motion studies.
He has completed projects in South Africa, Mexico, Israel, Rome and the UK, and his works are included in various public and private collections.
Other shows and commissions include; Artrock at the Rockefeller Centre in New York, The Evangelos Averoff-Tositsas Foundation in Greece, Galerie S65 in Cologne, and Aurel Scheibler Gallery in Berlin.
His books Los Loss and Free Ground are published by Booth-Clibborn Editions.