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Stephen Bowers: Beyond Bravura — JamFactory Icon 2013
30 November 2013 to 16 February 2014

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Special events in conjunction with
this exhibition:

Free! No bookings required

Saturday 30 November at 3.00pm
Presented by exhibiting artist,
Stephen Bowers
(A book signing session will follow the talk)

Wednesday 11 December at 12.30pm
Presented by Geoffrey Edwards, Director, Geelong Gallery

Friday 17 January at 12.30pm
Presented by Lisa Sullivan, Curator,
Geelong Gallery

Creative conversations—
Beyond bravura high tea and conversation
Sunday 2 February from 12.30pm

School holiday program.
Children's art adventure

Art safari
Wednesday 8 January at 10.30am and 11.30am
Wednesday 15 January at 10.30am and 11.30am

Creative kids workshop—
Crazy cockatoos
Tuesday 21 January at 11.00am
Thursday 23 January at 11.00am

Geelong Gallery is proud to be the exclusive Victorian venue for Stephen Bowers: Beyond Bravura—JamFactory Icon 2013, a major touring exhibition celebrating the unique career of one of Australia’s leading contemporary ceramic artists, which will be on display from 30 November 2013 to 16 February 2014.

For over 35 years Stephen Bowers has been creating works that fire the imagination, combining intellect and inventiveness with skills and traditions that stretch back thousands of years. Using an array of large vessels and other objects made by various collaborators—including wheel-thrown plates, vases and mugs as well as handmade surfboards—Bowers creates images and stories on ceramic surfaces that blend art historical references with Australiana motifs and icons from popular culture. These highly decorative objects express a love of the Australian bush, its flora and fauna whilst reflecting on Australia’s place in the world. The end result is a practice laced with irony, quotation, inference, creative play and cultural cross-dressing, underpinned by an extensive knowledge and curiosity about ceramic traditions.

Stephen Bowers: Beyond Bravura provides a rare opportunity to view recent works by this master craftsman. Visually seductive, flamboyant and exuberant, the 30 large-scale works on display demonstrate the artist’s longstanding fascination with, and appreciation for, the alchemical nature of clay and the act of painting on ceramic objects, which as the artist explains, ‘is as if the image emerges from a volcano.’

A JamFactory touring exhibition

Exhibition sponsors


Exhibition sponsors

Stephen Bowers: Beyond Bravura—JamFactory Icon 2013
is supported by Visions of Australia, an Australian Government program supporting touring exhibitions by providing funding assistance for the development and touring of Australian cultural material across Australia

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Geelong Gallery