Stephen Bowers: Jamais Vu

Ceramic work by Stephen Bowers

Lauraine Diggins Fine Art is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by internationally recognised ceramicist Stephen Bowers whose richly ornate work is characterised by a quality in both the craftsmanship of the pieces and the imagery, drawing in classical ceramic heritage and Australian flora and fauna, tinged with the artist's sense of humour and wit.

Art Exhibition previously on at Lauraine Diggins Fine Art in Victoria, Australia.
From Saturday 12 November 2016 to Saturday 10 December 2016
Launch Saturday 12 November 2016, 2pm

Camouflage Series image Camouflage Dogs image In the Land of the Dodo image

Published by anonymous on Tuesday 08 November 2016.
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Based on the opposite of Deja Vu, Bowers explores the feeling that one has never seen before something that should be quite familiar, that one looks at something familiar, like a common word, it strangely seems meaningless or unrecognised. Bowers looks over a lot of the overlooked in his work, so this notion of missing the known, the should-be-familiar or the obvious, is an appealing aspect of his richly ornate ceramics.

The highlight of the exhibition is the remarkable Camouflage Series dining setting comprising entree, dinner and serving plates which feature parrots against a complex background of shapes, exploring the idea of pattern-in-nature and nature-in-pattern. Segments of botanical designs, often derived from William Morris wallpaper, are symbolic of the colour and beauty of the natural world and its appropriation into the human environment.

Incorporating ideas of tromp-l’oeil, natural history, decorative arts, historical reference and personal commentary, the series strikes a thought-provoking balance between consumption, use and display. With their fragmented imagery, the plates suggest the possibilities of larger stories. The delicacy inherent in ceramics is almost overcome by the opulent ornamentation with its shimmering gold and layers of patterning, revealing the mastery of Bowers’ technique.