Stephen Benwell

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.

Art Exhibition previously on at Heide Museum of Modern Art in Melbourne precinct, Victoria, Australia.
From Thursday 08 August 2013 to Sunday 10 November 2013

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Published by anonymous on Saturday 11 May 2013.
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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 categorization.

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.