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Stephen Bird 'Mare Incognitum' video tour

OLSEN Gallery
May 2021

STEPHEN BIRD 'Mare Incognitum' exhibition at OLSEN Gallery May 2021

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

July 2013

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


July 2019

OLSEN Gallery congratulates artist Stephen Bird on his selection as a finalist in the Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award. The finalist works will be on display at the Shepparton Art Museum until September, 2019. The Museum is located at 70 Welsford Street, Shepparton, VIC.


Ceramic Review
Inga Walton

Stephen Bird’s upcoming exhibition Bastard Son of Royal Doulton is currently featured in the MAY/JUNE issue of the Ceramic Review. Inga Walton reviews the launch of of the show in Australia before it heads to the UK.

Bastard Son of Royal Doulton represents the wry, irreverent and sometimes pugnacious output of Stephen Bird.”


November 2016

Transported' by OLSEN artist Stephen Bird (alongside Rodger Law) open next week at The Scottish Gallery. ? Transported features work from Roger Law and Stephen Bird; spanning three continents and bringing together two very different visions of the world. All the work has been shipped from both China and Australia to be showcased in Edinburgh together for the first time.


TRANSPORTED | Roger Law & Stephen Bird 30 November ? 23 December 2016 Private View Tuesday 29 November 6:30 ? 8:30pm

To see further images of work available and to view the exhibition catalogue, please follow the link below:

Stephen Bird: Bastard Son of Royal Doulton Exhibition

February 2016

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.
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. 

Museum Magazine
Laura Bannister
8 October 2015

Museum visits the ceramics studio of Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize finalist Stephen Bird.

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Robyn Phelan
September 2015

Put all shame and modesty aside when visiting Stephen Bird’s exhibition Bastard Son of Royal Doulton. Autobiographical in much of its content, this show features sensational artworks with explicit scenes of sex in the bush, petrol sniffing, and decapitation alongside the banal, stuff of everyday life. This is a survey show of Bird’s ceramics and works on paper from 1992 – 2014. The artist sees the show as a celebration of these 22 years of his career and a creative document of his journey from Scotland to Australia.

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ARTAND Australia
May 2014

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.



Stephen Bird | Ceramic Review

August 2013

"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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Artist Profile
Emma-Kate Wilson
May 2021

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