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


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


Stephen Bird | The Scottish Gallery


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


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


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


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