The Wollongong Art Gallery has a touring exhibition celebrating the work of Olsen Irwin artist Stephen Bird.
Stephen Bird ,White plate with smile and spoon 2014, clay, pigment, glaze, 22cm diameter, $1,100
Stephen Bird is most famous for his ceramic works that are a comical hybrid of forms and images.
The title of the exhibition Stephen Bird Bastard Son of Royal Doulton is reflective of Bird’s irreverent and comical style. Many of Bird’s works are the in the form of figures or vessels such as teapots, tobacco jars and vases. Bird references traditional English Staffordshire pottery, such as Toby jugs, and inverts them.
Stephen Bird, Bacchus 2008, clay, pigment glaze, 60 x 28 x 28cm, $5,500
Along with Bird’s ceramic works the exhibition features works on paper and etchings.
The exhibition runs from the 20 June – 25 October 2015 and then will travel to Tweed Regional Gallery, Cowra Regional Art Gallery and Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre.
Stephen Bird, Small dish with amorous couple, clay, pigment glaze, 17cm diameter, $500