Stephen Bowers born in 1953 is an Australian ceramic artist that became involved in ceramics while working as an art teacher in regional South Australia in the late 1970s.
Bowers draws on many historical and cultural influences while imagining his own sophisticated transforming earthenware.Oriental, or occidental, ceramic traditions since antiquity have undergone many cross fertilisations due to their exposure to various cultures around the globe.
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Bowers works not only make you want to shout Bravo, but also delve into their exquisite detailed painting to see what you may be able to discover, which whatever the outcome is sure to delight. He creates extraordinary complex and highly original works from sources that not only stimulate his own intellect, imagination and inventiveness, but also our own.
Bowers uses many techniques to achieve his wonderful effects. His pieces are fired multiple times to secure his detailed underglaze and overglaze painting plus the colours and intricate line illustrations, which help to provide such a sumptuous overall dynamic decorative milieu.He was not out to ‘meet expectations of visual arts theory’ but to explore his own creative freedom.
Some of Bower’s works are marvellous bravura art pieces, like great wares found for centuries in great palace complexes, which transform any setting they inhabit such and are completely captivating.
The interesting aspect of Bowers’ conversion to this broadly funk aesthetic is that, unlike most artists exploring the genre, he focused his creative energies on the surface rather than exploit the sculptural possibilities of ceramics.
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