Congratulations to Stephen Bird for his selection as a finalist in the Adelaide Perry Prize 2019

Congratulations to Stephen Bird who is to be exhibited in the Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing 2019.

Bird is one of the 44 selected finalists for the $25,000 Acquisitive Award.

The Perry Prize Exhibition of Finalists 2019 opens in March at the Adelaide Perry Gallery.

Stephen Bird

In hiding 2017
Watercolour on paper
57 x 76.5 cm

(Stephen Birds Work exhibited in the Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing 2018)


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Steven Bird | Huahin International Contemporary Arts Residency

Stephen Bird has recently been selected along with 9 other artists from around the world for the Huahin International Contemporary Arts Residency.

‘A beautiful beach-side city situated on the gulf of the southern Thai province of Prachuap Khiri Khan, it is the perfect environment for artists to gather and share techniques, exchange ideas while immersing themselves in art.’



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OLSEN gallery would like to congratulate artist Stephen Bird whose painting Man by a Fire has been selected as a finalist of the Calleen Art Prize at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery.

The Calleen Art Award is an acquisitive national painting prize in any subject and style. 2017 marks the 40 year anniversary for the Calleen Art Award and during the past ten years it has developed a unique reputation as a major art prize in regional New South Wales. Fellow OLSEN Gallery artist Peter Gardiner won the prize in 2011 for his painting Landscape 2010 No. VIII (2010).

Stephen Bird, Man by a fire, oil on wood, 80 x 60cm, 2017

Read more about the Calleen Art Award here.

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‘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:

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Stephen Bird 'the Bastard Son of Royal Doulton' opens in Maitland

On Saturday February 13th Olsen Irwin Director Rex Irwin opened the end of Summer art party at Maitland Regional Art Gallery.

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The Maitland Regional Gallery currently is exhibiting Stephen Bird ‘the Bastard Son of Royal Doulton’  a survey exhibition of ceramics, objects and works on paper.

In Rex’s address he said that “In real life BASTARDS have to work harder than legitimate sons to be noticed and this BASTARD son has done exactly that. Stephen’s work is quirky, thoughtful, and technically dazzling. His glazes can make ceramics look like metal, wood or even baked beans. And his work tells us his story, his family story and his relationship with the history and folklore of Australia.”

16878Stephen Bird Saturn eating man, glazed earthenware, 67 x 35 x 28cm

The exhibition includes Commemorative plates and Toby-style jugs which meld an Australian sardonic humour with traditional English Industrial pottery forms

The Exhibition runs from 6 February – 13 April.

To view works available by Stephen Bird Click here.


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More love hours

Olsen Irwin artist Stephen Bird is featured along side 13 other artists in a group exhibition at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne.


Stephen Bird, Dog Walker 2011, clay, pigment, glaze,15 cm diameter,$450

The exhibition entitled More love hours is a review of contemporary Australian artists using craft media, techniques or processes in their practice.

More love hours brings together selected works by thirteen contemporary Australian artists who use craft media, techniques or processes in their practice. The exhibition demonstrates how artists use ‘traditional’ forms of creativity—ceramics, embroidery, weaving, paper-craft—to express contemporary values and complex ideologies.

Along with Stephen Bird the exhibition features works by Fiona Cabassi, Dana Harris, Newell Harry, Rhys Lee, Raquel Ormella, Julia Robinson, Vipoo Srivilasa, Hiromi Tango, Anton Veenstra, and Yarrenyty Arltere artists Dulcie Sharpe, Louise Robertson and Rhonda Sharpe.

To view works by Stephen Bird in our stockroom click here

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Stephen Bird: Bastard Son of Royal Doulton Exhibition

The Wollongong Art Gallery has a touring exhibition celebrating the work of Olsen Irwin artist Stephen Bird.15321


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.

15028Stephen 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
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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



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


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


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


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


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.