EXHIBITIONS: STEPHEN BIRD: BASTARD SON OF ROYAL DOULTON
30 Apr 2016 - 3 Jul 2016 | 10am - 5pm
Stephen Bird was born in England and moved to Scotland at the age of seven, he studied in Scotland and Cyprus. The exhibition surveys the past 20 years of the artists’ practice, including early works which reflect Bird’s travels to India, Nepal and Africa, before settling in Australia in 1999. These works include paper constructions, watercolours, ceramics and mosaics from Stephen’s Dundee studio which have not been shown previously in Australia.
Stephen Bird makes highly individualistic ceramics that toy with convention. The deliberate use of industrial techniques and materials of his hometown, Stoke-on-Trent - the town in which Royal Doulton, Spode and Wedgewood were founded - form a practice he has dubbed “Industrial Sabotage”. The exhibition includes a number of Commemorative plates and Toby-style jugs which meld an Australian sardonic humour with traditional English Industrial pottery forms.
Throughout the exhibition, Bird’s mastery of glazing techniques and applied decoration on ceramics is matched by dazzlingly bright watercolours and intense graphic detail of works on paper.
Responses to the strange and dramatic Australian landscape are explored in more recent works. The previously unseen watercolours are literal recordings of an event or experience, while his ceramics play with these ideas, incorporating irony and humour into comically tragic tableaux.
Stephen Bird, Wall of Plates, 2013, 170 x 170cm
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EXHIBITIONS: THE 65TH BLAKE PRIZE
12 May 2018 - 1 Jul 2018
9.00am - 4.30pm
The Blake Prize presents an aesthetic means of exploring the wider experience of spirituality and all this may entail through the visionary imagining of contemporary artists.