Stephen Benwell

‘Lifting and rotating a pot allows [Benwell] to show all the imagery painted around what is in effect a three-dimensional canvas, or, in his words, ‘little bit like a short film. The imagery unspools around it, and suggests a narrative’.’ – Sonia Harford, Potted history of one who broke the mould, Fairfax Media Network, 2013

In his paintings, ceramics and bronzes, Benwell both references and challenges classical forms, presenting fragments of full statues, suggestive of archaeological finds, alongside busts and statues of the male nude. His signature painterly style covers the surface of his stoneware and earthenware vessels and figures. No matter the theme, all is observed through Benwell’s distinct style, continuing his contemporary perspective on traditions of beauty, and other art-historical influences.

Born in Melbourne in 1953, Stephen Benwell is Australia’s most distinguished ceramicist and was honored with a retrospective survey of his work at Heide Museum of Modern Art in 2013. In the same year, Benwell was selected to exhibit in Melbourne Now, the National Gallery of Victoria’s survey of contemporary creative practice. Benwell has been the recipient of the Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award, has been a finalist in the Hobart Art Prize, the Fletcher Jones Art Prize and in 2009 was awarded the Inaugural Deakin University Small Sculpture Award and an Australia Council Visual Arts Board New Work Grant.

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Stephen Benwell, Statue, arm bent (detail), 2013, earthenware, 31 x 13 x 11cm ,16863

Statue, arm bent (detail), 2013
earthenware
31 x 13 x 11cm
16863

Selected Stock

Stephen Benwell
Statue (blue arm), 2015
earthenware
27 x 9.5 x 9cm
17379

Stephen Benwell
Statue (keen bent), 2015
earthenware
27.5 x 9 x 11.5cm
17380

Stephen Benwell
Red cup 1, 2013
earthenware
5.5 x 10.8cm
16061

Stephen Benwell
Rustic Service, 2009
earthenware
9 pieces, maximum height 9cm
13076

Stephen Benwell
Naked Shepherd, 2003
earthenware
19.5 x 15 x 13.5cm
16278

Stephen Benwell
Sculpture I, 1994
stoneware
16 x 18 x 6cm
17560V

Stephen Benwell
Sculpture 2, 1994
stoneware
17 x 17 x 10cm
17561V

Stephen Benwell
Self-portrait, 2013
oil on board
38 x 19cm
17000

Stephen Benwell
Portrait after a bust, 2015
oil on board
40 x 29.5cm
17358

This is a selection only, for further information contact the gallery.