STEPHEN BENWELL BEAUTY, ANARCHY, DESIRE—A RETROSPECTIVE

Stephen Benwell
Date: 
8 August 10 November 2013
Location: 
Heide III: Central Galleries
Curator/s: 
Jason Smith
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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.

Statue, athlete 2011, earthenware, 15.3 x 41.6 x 13.9 cm, 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.

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This publication offers an in-depth account of Benwell's career as one of Australia's most prominent contemporary artists whose work has explored the traditions of the potter as well as challenging the conventions of ceramics.

The 144-page book is fully illustrated in colour with written contributions by Janine Burke, Jason Smith and John McPhee.

Edited by Jason Smith

ISBN: 9781921330308

$15.00

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Stephen Benwell catalogue, © the artist

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