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Stephen Bowers: Beyond Bravura-Jam Factory touring exhibition comes to Manly Art Gallery and Museum

February 25, 2015

This looks like a fantastic show. Stephen will be giving an Artist Talk: Sunday 29 March, 2 – 3pm

The Press release from MAGAM below.


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Manly Art Gallery & Museum is delighted to present the Stephen Bowers: Beyond Bravura, a JamFactory touring exhibition. With its reputation for supporting contemporary ceramic practice through its extensive collection, biennial exhibition with The Australian Ceramics Association and connection with The Northern Sydney Institute TAFE NSW’s ceramics department, it is particularly pertinent for the exhibition to come to Manly. Stephen Bowers is also represented in our collection. The exhibition will be launched on Friday evening 27 March at 6pm and run to 3 May 2015.


Stephen Bowers: Beyond Bravura was developed by the JamFactory as the inaugural exhibition for its Icon series celebrating the achievements of South Australia’s most outstanding and influential craft and design practitioners with significant national and international profiles and considerable influence in their chosen field.


Stephen Bowers is one of Australia’s foremost contemporary ceramic artists. Initially from Katoomba, NSW, Bowers became involved in ceramics in the late 1970s, a seminal time for Australian ceramics particularly in South Australia where the Skangaroovia Funk ethos of ceramics as an expressive medium abounded. Bowers seized the illustrative potential of ceramics and since undertaking a traineeship at JamFactory in the early 1980s, he has produced work rich in ornamentation.


Bowers’ practice differs from the majority of ceramic artists, in that he does not seek to be the ‘sole creator’ responsible for every aspect of production. Instead, his primary role as decorator/designer places him within the long tradition of ceramics as a collective enterprise, from the small rural workshop to the huge manufactories that came into being with the industrial revolution.


Tapping this history and mining the variety of decorative techniques Bowers’ surfaces are brimming with recurring imagery such as the ubiquitous cockatoos, Willow pattern, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Boofhead and the Opera House which reflect his Australian larrikin spirit.


An extensive publication by Wakefield Press, profiling Stephen Bowers’ life and work, accompanies the exhibition.


Artist Talk: Sunday 29 March, 2 – 3pm

Join Stephen Bowers for a special illustrated talk about his ideas, inspiration, collaborations and techniques.

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Read more about Stevens work in the PDF  Education_Kit_Stephen_Bowers (Manly)

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