Camouflage Plate, Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo

Stephen Bowers

Camouflage Plate, Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo by Stephen Bowers


Stephen Bowers
Camouflage Plate, Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo
jigger-jolley, earthenware, underglaze colour, on-glaze burnished gold and enamel
Diameter 31 cm

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Acquired by Whitehorse Art Space, 2016.


Lauraine Diggins Fine Art Collectors’ Exhibition 2016, 6 August – 17 September 2016, Lauraine Diggins Fine Art, Melbourne, cat. no. 87

Stephen Bowers: Jamais Vu, Lauraine Diggins Fine Art, 12 Nov - 10 Dec 2016, cat. no.15

90 x 90 : 90 works from 90 years of collection, Whitehorse Art Collection, Artspace,Box Hill, 4 May 2017

Further Information

The plates are individually decorated with Australian birds set against complex backgrounds of fragmentary decorative ornament, including several Morris patterns, printed French toiles along with sections referencing antique blue and white and Ming porcelains...

Australia has been referred to as ‘a land of parrots’; in these plates we catch a glimpse of this ornithological richness. The viewer is presented with birds as lively natural history specimens, set against the artificiality of ‘patterns’ that are themselves drawn from nature...  They are usually admired for vibrant colours, beautiful plumage and their intelligence and engaging behaviour, which Bowers suggests so well, painting the eyes, beaks, claws and feathers in remarkable detail, emphasising their form, pattern and texture.

Christopher Menz, September 2016, with thanks to Stephen Bowers for his assistance.

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