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, ‘a 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, The Age & Sydney Morning Herald, 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 amongst Australia’s most distinguished ceramicists 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.

[ To view Stephen Benwell's CV click here ]

19079

Box with lid, 2016
earthenware
9 x 8 x 7.5cm
19079

Selected Stock

Stephen Benwell
Two boxes with handles, 1990
stoneware
15.5 x 6.5 x 9cm
17968

Stephen Benwell
Effigy, 1993
earthenware
13 x 9 x 9cm
15879

Stephen Benwell
Coupe and base, Canister and base, Bust and Column, Bust and Column, 2010
earthenware
Height: tallest 16cm
18326

Stephen Benwell
Vase, 2011
porcelain
20.5 x 7 x 7cm
14956

Stephen Benwell
Teapot, 2015
earthenware
15 x 15 x 10cm
17755

Stephen Benwell
Head (1), 2016
bronze
AP, edition of 4
8 x 4 x 5cm
18193

Stephen Benwell
Figure, standing on one leg, 2016
bronze
AP, edition of 4
10 x 2.5 x 3cm
18194

Stephen Benwell
Bust, 2016
earthenware
22 x 26cm


Stephen Benwell
Tall vase, 2016
earthenware
56 x 38 x 36cm
19082

Stephen Benwell
Statue - green, pink, 2016
earthenware
24 x 9 x 9cm
19073

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