Our exhibition by internationally recognised ceramicist Stephen Bowers: Jamais Vu explores the idea that work which have never been seen are nevertheless familiar. To familiarise yourself with the works in the exhibition you may wish to download our A Closer Look At… essays which look further in depth at some of the pieces in the exhibition, or watch a stop-motion video of Stephen at work, or hear Stephen Bowers In Conversation talking further about the inspiration and meaning in his ceramics.
A Closer Look At… Stephen Bowers
A Closer Look At… Stephen Bowers: Camouflage series
Stephen Bowers In Conversation
Read Joanna Mendelssohn’s article from The Conversation about the 2016 Archibald including Michael McWilliams’ The Usurpers (Self Portrait).
“The Tasmanian artist Michael McWilliams’ The usurpers (self portrait) is a magically elaborate study in a similar mode to that of the Italian Renaissance artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo. Every element is an import to Australia. Sheep, cattle, pigeons, carp, trout, rabbits, rats, mice, fruit and grain, all combine to form the artist’s face.
The usurpers hangs at the entrance to the exhibition, a long way from the winner’s circle, but it is probably the painting that most visitors will remember.”
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