10/14/14

Stephen Bird, Camie Lyons and Peter Vandermark | Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize Finalists

Three artists from the Olsen Irwin stables have been selected as finalists in the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize for 2014. Peter Vandermark, Camie Lyons and Stephen Bird will each have a work exhibited at the Woollahra Council Chambers In Double Bay over a period of sixteen days.

Established in 2001, the prize bestows an acquisitive award of $15,000 to first place for creating an original, freestanding sculpture of up to 80cm in any dimension.

“The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize has distinguished itself as one of the more critically significant awards for a local artist to win. Previous recipients include some of Australia’s best contemporary artists such as Mikala Dwyer, Adam Cullen, Alexander Seton and Archie Moore.” – The Art Life

The prize receives over 500 submissions each year from Australian and International artists. Of those entries, approximately 40 are chosen as finalists.

Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize
18 October – 2 November 2014
Woollahra Municipal Council
536 New South Head Road
Double Bay, New South Wales 2028

 

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Camie Lyons, Bone Umbilical 2, 2014, bronze, 50 x 54 x 40cm

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Stephen Bird, Ancestral Figure, 2014, ceramic with pigment and glaze, 65 x 29 x 32cm

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Peter Vandermarck, Clerestory 80, 2014, fibreboard, plywood, paint, mirrored acrylic sheet, 80 x 80 x 80cm

08/13/14

Olsen Irwin | Melbourne Art Fair

Join us at stand E107 for the 2014 Melbourne Art Fair. Olsen Irwin will exhibit a solo showing of Guy Maestri’s new work, as well as a group show of select works.

The fair begins with a vernissage tonight, Wednesday 13 August at 6pm. The fair will then run from Thursday 14 August to Sunday 17 August. Day passes and tickets for the vernissage can be purchased here on the Melbourne Art Fair website.

View Olsen Irwin’s exhibition of select works here.
View Guy Maestri’s new works here.

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Peter Booth, Drawing 2000 (man in cart and standing man), 2000, mixed media on paper, 13.5 x 29.5cm

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Stephen Bird, Adam and Eve with Eyes, ceramic, 30 x 43cm

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Stephen Ormandy, Look both ways, Oil on linen, 112 x 112cm

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Alan Jones, Painting 122 (Dad), Acrylic on polyester, 66.5 x 56.5cm

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Elisabeth Kruger, Afternoon walk, oil on linen, 51 x 41cm

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Guy Maestri, Feral, oil on linen, 97 x 112cm

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Melbourne Art Fair
Stand E107
Royal Exhibition Building
Carlton VIC 3053

Vernissage
Wednesday 13 August 2014
6pm – 10pm
General Opening Times
Thursday 14 August 2014
11am – 6pm
Friday 15 August 2014
11am – 8pm
Saturday 16 August 2014
10am – 6pm
Sunday 17 August 2014
10am – 5pm

06/4/14

Stephen Bird | Sunshine Coast Art Prize

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Stephen Bird, ‘I am the way’, Ceramic, 41 x 51cm

Congratulations to Stephen Bird for selection as a finalist in the Sunshine Coast Art Prize. Bird’s work ‘I am the way’ will be exhibited at the Caloundra Regional Gallery from 27 August t0 26 October 2014.

“All of the finalists’ entries will be available for purchase during the program and a selection will be available for purchase through the Sunshine Coast Art Prize Auction. This auction is in its second year, following the successful inaugural auction in 2013.” – Caloundra Regional Gallery

Sunshine Coast Art Prize
27 August – 26 October 2014

Caloundra Regional Gallery
22 Omrah Avenue
Caloundra Qld 4551

05/20/14

Stephen Bird | ARTAND Australia

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Stephen Bird, Loving Cup, 2009, clay, pigment and glaze, 40 x 31 x 20 cm

Stephen Bird has been included in ARTAND Australia’s So hot right now? Contemporary ceramics and contemporary art.

The article, by Glenn Barkley, discusses the resurgence of ceramics in contemporary art and it’s place in the contemporary art world. Barkley describes Bird’s career progression, from formal training as a painter, to his move into ceramics in the 1990’s. “… his work combining polished technical skill with wit and an element of the grotesque.” – Glenn Barkley, ARTAND Australia

Pick up a copy of ARTAND Australia to read the article.

11/7/13

Stephen Bird | Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize

Last days to visit the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize Exhibition including the work of Olsen Irwin artist Stephen Bird. Grab your swimmers and stop into the exhibition on your way down to Redleaf Pool, before the exhibition finishes up on Sunday 10 November 2013.

Of his entry ‘Paint Tray’ Bird says ‘I have this idea that everything I need to make art is right under my nose and I return to this hypothesis again and again. Paint Tray is a work where the artist tools and props can be said to be a substitute for the artist himself. I have used all the materials and techniques at my disposal to recreate the intimate world where the painter has spent many days, months and years. I indulge myself in all it’s filthy, painterly patina and reveal in its trviality. The punchline is when you discover it’s all just made of clay.’

You can also vote for Stephen Bird in the Viewer’s Choice Award – simply follow this link to enter.

Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize
26 October t0 10 November 2013
Mon to Fri 9am – 5pm
Sat to Sun 10am – 4pm

Woollahra Municipal Council
536 New South Head Road
Double Bay NSW 2028

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Stephen Bird, Paint Tray, 2013, Clay, pigment, glaze, 21 x 35 x 31cm, $6000 – Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize Finalist

08/30/13

Stephen Bird | The Scottish Gallery

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Stephen Bird, Acacia Creek, 2013, Clay, pigment, glaze, 32 x 26 x 14cm

My Dad was Born On The Moon‘ showcasing Stephen Bird‘s most recent body of works is currently on show at The Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh. The work details family tales of migration and separation between Chinchilla in regional Queensland, England and Scotland.

View the catalogue including an interview with Roger Law here.

The Scottish Gallery
16 Dundas Street
Edinburgh EH3 6HZ

My Dad was Born On The Moon
2nd August – 4th September 2013

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Stephen Bird, The Camp at Mt Kaputar, 2013, Watercolour on paper, 57 x 76cm

08/27/13

Stephen Bird | Ceramic Review

Cover“Sometimes disturbing, often complex, and always richly layered with imagery, Stephen Bird’s plate and platter forms depict allegorical tales, contemporary world events, and personal histories juxtaposed in unnerving and unsettling ways.” – Annie Woodford, Ceramic Review UK

Stephen Bird spoke with Annie Woodford of Ceramic Review about the themes behind his most recent body of work and his multi-disciplinary approach. As a formally trained painter using ceramics as his canvas, Bird describes his work as “where 2D and 3D collide.”

Click here to read the whole interview.

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07/27/13

Stephen Bird | National Museum of Decorative Arts and Design | Oslo

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Stephen Bird, Remorse, 2012, Tin glazed earthware, 44 x 54cm

Stephen Bird‘s ceramic works feature in ‘Horizon – Landscapes, Ceramics and Print’ currently showing at Norway’s National Museum of Decorative Arts and Design. The exhibition runs from 14 June 2013 to 23 February 2014.

“The exhibition ‘Horizon – Landscapes, Ceramics and Print’ is a visual narrative, illustrating the journey of landscapes, images and patterns through differing media to their realisation on the blue, black, pink, white tableware of The National Museum’s Decorative Arts Collection.” – Museum of Decorative Arts and Design

Museum of Decorative Arts and Design
St. Olavs Gate 1
Oslo, Norway

Horizon – Landscapes, Ceramics and Print
14. June 2013–23. February 2014