STEPHEN BENWELLBEAUTY, ANARCHY, DESIRE—A RETROSPECTIVE
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Stephen Benwell is one of Australia’s most significant, critically acclaimed contemporary ceramicists whose work has developed from its earliest phase as a direct challenge to local and international pottery traditions and art-craft context. Over 40 years Benwell has combined the studio-based craft traditions and practical resolutions of the potter, with the conceptual painterly and sculptural concerns of the contemporary artist. His forms draw on a dizzying array of art-historical periods and styles, yet are stand-alone objects that resist conventional categorisation.
Courtesy of the artist and Niagara Galleries, Melbourne
This 40-year survey assembles works from the early 1970s to the present day that exemplify Benwell’s distinctive practice: from early exquisitely patterned, eccentric forms that meld references to the archaic with natural and animal forms, through the evolution of large, freely painted hand-built pots and sculptural figures that embody an extraordinary life-force and communicate poignant narratives about landscape, masculinity, and the primary act of creating.
IN THE NEWS
“Entering the current Heide exhibition Stephen Benwell: Beauty, Anarchy, Desire – A Retrospective for the first time is quite an experience.”
Christopher Menz, Australian Book Review
The Nude Renewed (Stephen Benwell’s Naked Little Men)
W H Chong, crikey.com.au