Born 1964 in Stoke on Trent. Lives and works Sydney (AUS) and Dundee (UK)
Bird initially trained as a painter but now works across a range of mediums. Bird studied Fine art at Duncan and Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee, and post graduate studies at Cyprus Art College. He has made ceramics and sculpture since early 1990’s. Bird has exhibited throughout the United Kingdom, Australia and the USA. Collections include the National Museum of Scotland, Art Gallery of South Australia and Artbank Australia. Bird has undertaken a number of significant commissions and is featured in Contemporary Ceramics, international Perspective by Emanuel Cooper, published by Thames & Hudson 2009. He lectures at the National Art School, Sydney.
Horizon – Landscapes, Ceramics and Prints
Museum of Decorative Arts and Design
14th June 2013 – 23rd 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.
Peripheral Visions: Contemporary Art From Australia
Opening Reception: May 7, 2013 | 6PM - 8PM
Exhibition Dates: May 8 – June 14, 2013
Phoebe Rathmell performance: May 15, 2013 | 4:30PM – 8:30PM
Garis & Hahn
263 Bowery, New York, NY 10002
Melbourne Art Fair, Australia's premier visual arts event returns to the World Heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building from 1-5 August 2012
Stephen will be exhibiting with The Gould Galleries on stand E18
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2012 Redlands Westpac Art Prize
3 May - 2 August
NAS Gallery, Forbes Street, Darlinghurst
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HYPERCLAY: Contemporary Ceramics
8 October 2011 – 8 January 2011
A provocative and engaging exhibition of work by Australian artists using clay in unexpected and surprising ways, HYPERCLAY: Contemporary Ceramics highlights the versatility of this time-honoured material and, in doing so, re-imagines its possibilities.
ORIEL DAVIES GALLERY, WALES. 16 April – 6 July 2011
St ANDREWS MUSEUM, SCOTLAND. 17 September -20 November 2011
Featuring contemporary ceramic objects by artists with connections to Wales and Scotland, this exhibition explores the narrative possibilities of ceramics through material, form, history, image and context.
Collect 2011, 6th - 9th May
War on Pottery 16th November - 18th December 2010
Rex Irwin - Art Dealer, Downstairs, 40 Queen Street, Woollahra, NSW 2025
War on Pottery
War on Pottery is a selection of works from Stephen Bird’s Industrial Sabotage series of ceramics, which re-interpret the tradition of mass produced ornamental ceramics made in Stoke on Trent in the 18th and 19th centuries. He uses humor propaganda, trompe l’oeil and meaningless violence to re-tell archetypal myths and comment on complex collective issues including politics, cultural imperialism and the global power struggle...read more
CAST Presents: Laughter 13th August - 12th September 2010
Artists: Stephen Bird, Ben Booth, Andrew Harper, Henri Papin (Mish Meijers & Tricky Walsh), Raom & Loba (Valerie Livory & Omar Martinez) and Nicole Robson.
The fifth gallery exhibition on CAST’s diverse 2010 program of contemporary art is laughter, a group show curated by Victor Medrano (CAST Emerging Curator 2010). Laughter features funny artwork from five Tasmania artists, one UK artist and two French artists.read more