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Name

Stephen Baxter

Vocation

Bricolage, Ceramics, Paintings, Sculpture

Address

PO Box, 6856, Gold Coast Mail Centre, 9726. Studio: Southport, Queensland Australia 4215.

Phone

0410680976

Email

astephenbaxter@hotmail.com

Web

www.stephenbaxter.biz

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/StephenBaxters

Youtube

Kingbricolage

Date of Birth

1962

Citizenship

Australian

Works

Gold Coast

Education

BORN
1962
St George Hospital Sydney Australia
1976-78
Murwillumbah High School NSW
1979-80
The Southport School Boarder Thorold House Gold Coast Qld
1981-83
Diploma in Visual Art Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education Toowoomba Painting major
1996
BA Hon Visual Arts Sthrn Cross University Lismore NSW

Employment

1984 to 87 Director & Technical Supervisor Auntie Mames Ceramic Art Factory Tweed Heads
1988 to 1996 Self employed Artist Ultramode Fine Art Ceramic and Design Studio.
1988-89
Artist in residence Glass studio Gold Coast Qld
1997 to 2006 Installation and Sculpture park Co-ordinator GCAG.
2007/08 Installation and Collection Co-ordinator GCAG

2009/2016 Exhibition and Collection Co-ordinator GCAG
2004
Curator of BRICOLAGE GCCG 15th May to 20th June 2006
Curator of CRUST GCCG travelling exhibition 2006 to 2012 Travelling to 11 regional galleries.
2007/8
2010 Curator Colour Texture Form, GCAG Travelling exhibition.

2016 Co Curator with Emma Collerton, Gold Coast Art Gallery, Made in QLD, Ode to the souvenir, Feb 13 to March 16.

Individual exhibitions

Stephenbaxter.biz ongoing web exhibitions.
2010 Www.stephenbaxter.biz Arts Café Gold Coast, Paintings.
2009 Another BRICOLAGE Gold Coast City Gallery
2009 Recent Works by Stephen Baxter & Jasna Spiranivic YASNA, Coolman St Tyalgum
2008 BRICOLAGE 111 Doggett St Studio Newstead Brisbane Australia
2006 Stephen Baxter Recent Paintings & Ceramics (Studio exhibition) Southport Qld
2004 Stephen Baxter Recent Paintings (Studio exhibition) Southport Qld
2003
Baxter@Bond Everything Now Bond University Gold Coast
2002
Stephen Baxter Digital With Love G C A C Photography
2000
Stephen Baxter NOW Dogget Street Studio Newstead Brisbane Paintings Drawings & Ceramics
1999
Stephen Baxter Ceramics & Paintings Grafton Regional Gallery
1997
Stephen Baxter Ceramics Fusions Q.P.A. Gallery Brisbane
1996
Bricolage Lismore Regional Gallery N S W
1995
Mr Ultra Mode–Retro GCCAG Qld Ceramic & Painting
1990
Funky New England Regional Art Gallery in conjunction with ICI collection
1988
Stephen Baxter Ceramics Drawing & Painting U.S.Q.

Selected group exhibitions

2016 OVER UNDER SIDEWAYS DOWN, Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Sydney, Australia, Curator Glenn Barkley

2013 perennials - selected USQ - Alumni - the first forty years - Toowoomba Regional Gallery

2012 Selected Stanthorpe Art Award

2011 Overall Winner Morton Bay Region Art Awards Judge Philip Bacon.

2011 ABC Open Artist by Artist documentary 

2011 Highly Commended BORDER Art Award GCCG Judge Bruce Reynolds

2010 Highly Commended BORDER Art Award Tweed Regional Art Gallery Judge James Powditch

2009 Acquired Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery Painting and Ceramic 

2011 Morton Bay Region Art Award 2D and 3D
2011 PROMETHEUS Art Award 2D
2010 D’Arcy Doyle Landscape Painting Prize
2010 Ergon Energy Art Award Rockhampton Qld
2009 Land & Scape Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery
2008 Doggett St Studio Christmas Exhibition
2008 SWELL Currumbin Sculpture Festival
Redcliff Craft Award
2008 Ergon Energy Art Award Rockhamton Qld
2008 8 Eight artists show landscapes, Council Chambers GCCC
2006 - 8 CRUST A traveling exhibition GCCAG
2007
Mount Tamborine Landscape Prize Painting
John Flyn Art Exhibition Paintings
Cowra Ceramic Art Award
2006
Fleurieu Peninsula Biennale Landscape Prize (Water Prize)Painting
Mount Tamborine Art Prize Painting
2005
Prometheus Art Award Gold Coast Photograph
2004
All That Glitters Artists of the Gold Coast GCCAG Photograph
Transformers more than meets the eye QUT Art Museum Brisbane
2003
Pink Poodle Art Prize Bond uni Gallery Photograph
Animal Crackers GCCAG Collection show Mixed Media
Josephine Ulrick National Photography Prize Portrait of Adam Cullen T R A G NSW
FLOWERS Gympie Regional Art Gallery QLD Digital manipulation / Photograph
10th Aniversary Christmas Show Doggett Street Studio Brisbane Qld / Photography
2001
The Essence of Local Angels Charity Surfboard Art Auction Sylvesters Gold Coast
Artists of The Gold Coast The Museum of the History of Moscow Russia Painting
Art Angels GCCAG Charity auction proceeds to benefit cancer research Drawing/Painting/Ceramics
2000
Animals who think they are people QLD Art gallery ceramic
Celebrity Art Auction supporting the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games Painting
19th International Ceramic Art Award GCCAG
Continuum USQ Performance centre Toowoomba Q
1999
Conrad Jupiters Art Prize GCCAG Painting
360 degrees GCCAG collection
1998
Eclection 30 Years of the GCCAG Art Prize
Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award GCCAG
1997
Conrad Jupiters Art Prize Gold Coast City Art Gallery. Ceramic Sculpture
Australische Keramik Kunstgewerbemuseum Schloss Pillnitz Dresden Germany
Galerie Handwerk Munich Germany
Tea wares Distelfink gallery Fitzroy Melbourne
1996
Tea for two 8th National Ceramic Conference Canberra A C T
The Burbs Gold Coast City Art Gallery
1995
The Australian Craft Show Sydney and Canberra Ceramics Prints Paintings
Barry Stern Gallery Paddington Sydney Ceramic Sculpture
Phillips and Co Skygarden Sydney Ceramic & Prints
1994
The Teapot Exhibition Distelfink Gallery Toorak Melbourne Vic
Local Product Tweed Valley Regional Gallery Ceramics Paintings Prints
The Aust Craft Show Brisbane Qld Ceramics Prints Paintings Glass
Phillips and Co Skygarden Sydney NSW
Barry Stern Gallery Paddington Sydney Ceramics Sculpture
1993
The Sydney Teapot Show Old Bakehouse Gallery North Sydney
The Candelabra Exhibition Old Bakehouse Gallery North Sydney
The Aust Craft Show Royal Exhibition building Sydney Ceramics & Design
The Spring Show NSW Craft Council Sydney Ceramic
1992
Stanthorpe Heritage Art Awards Stanthorpe Qld Ceramic Sculpture & Painting
The Sydney Teapot Show Old Bakehouse Gallery Nth Sydney NSW
Handmade in Aust Stanthorpe Regional Touring Exhibition Sculpture
The Aust Craft Show Royal Exhibition building Sydney Ceramic
1991
The Vessel Gold Coast City Regional Gallery Ceramic functional
Decorated Clay Queensland Art Gallery Brisbane Australia
Tea Dance Qld Craft Council Brisbane
The Aus Craft Show Royal Exhibition building Sydney Ceramic & glass
1990
Tweed Valley Art Prize Tweed Valley Regional Art Gallery Painting
New Era Waldron Studio Lismore Ceramic & glass
1989
Metro Art 2nd Annual Craft Survey Metro Arts Brisbane Ceramic sculpture
Artist in Residence Art Glass Studio Southport Qld
1988
Stephen Baxter Foyer Gallery USQ Ceramics Drawing & Painting
Clay Today Gold Coast City Art Gallery Bicentennial Exhibition
1987
Boyle & Baxter Gold Coast with Charlie Boyle Painting Lecturer USQ
1984
Recent Paintings & Drawings Grafton Community Arts Center NSW
1982
Lillian Peterson Prize for Small Sculpture Queensland Art Gallery Brisbane
Art Empire and Industry Darlinghurst Sydney Glass sculpture
1980
Painted mural Gold Coast Playroom

Awards

Selected Commissions Acquisitions & Awards
2016 Selected for OVER UNDER SIDEWAYS DOWN, Exhibition curated by Glenn Barkley @ Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Sydney, Australia.
2011 Overall Winner Morton Bay Region Art Awards Judge Philip Bacon, of Philip Bacon Galleries Brisbane Australia.
2011 Selected ABC Open Artist by Artist documentary series.
2010 Highly Commended BORDER Art Award, Tweed Regional Art Gallery, Judge James Powditch.
2009 Acquired Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery Landscape Painting and Ceramic
1999
Acquired My Country
Blinky Bill painted over Hugh Sawrey print Donated GCCAG Collection 01
Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award Judge Jeff Mincham
Marymount Arts Festival Judge John Walsh Sculpture award
1997
Conrad Jupiters Art Prize Judge John McDonald Ceramic sculpture
1996
Queensland University of Technology Ceramic sculpture
1995
Downlands College Acquisitive Art Prize Toowoomba Ceramic
1994
University of South East Queensland Ceramic sculpture
Southern Cross University NSW Ceramic sculpture
Abraxas Design Singapore
Tweed Valley Art Prize NSW Painting
1992
Stanthorpe Heritage Art Awards Qld Self Portrait, Painting
Stanthorpe Heritage Art Awards Qld Ceramic sculpture
Red Chair Cafe Paddington Brisbane
Design and construct interior Glass Ceramic Painting
1991
The Queensland Art Gallery Brisbane Qld Ceramic
1990
Gold Coast City Art Gallery Qld Ceramic
Tweed Valley Regional Art Gallery NSW Ceramic
Churchie Prize for Emerging Artists Qld Ceramic
Churchie Prize for Emerging Artists Qld Design Trinity Art Festival Lismore NSW Ceramic Open Section
1989
Churchie Prize for Emerging Artists Qld Ceramic
1988
The 1988 Gold Coast Invitational Art Prize Collage mixed media found objects on board with lazer beam
Bicentennial Ceramic Art Award The Southport School
1979 / 80
Student Art Prize The Southport School Painting

Public Collections

Queensland Art Gallery, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Queensland University of Technology, Southern Cross University, University of South East Queensland, Tweed Valley Regional Art Gallery, Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery, Grafton Regional Art Gallery, Abraxas Design Singapore, Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery, Morton Bay Region Art Collection, Australian and International private collections.
 

Artist-in-Residencies

Artist in Residence, Coran Cove Island Resort, South Stradbroke Island, June, 2010.

Other Media Publication

2016 The Journal of Australian Ceramics, Vol 55 No 1 April 2016, pp 

2013 perennials - selected USQ - Alumni - the first forty years - Toowoomba Regional Gallery

2012 Selected Stanthorpe Art Award

2011 Overall Winner Morton Bay Region Art Awards Judge Philip Bacon.

2011 ABC Open Artist by Artist documentary 

2011 Highly Commended BORDER Art Award GCCG Judge Bruce Reynolds

2010 Highly Commended BORDER Art Award Tweed Regional Art Gallery Judge James Powditch

2009 Acquired Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery Painting and Ceramic 

2009 Twelve Degrees of Latitude pp 76
2008 New Beginnings Classic Paintings from the Corrigan Collection of 21st Century Aboriginal Art pp 156 Acknowledgements
2007
GLIMPS Inside Gold Coast City Art Gallery's Collection pp 84 Party animal and Ceramic essay pp 82 & 83
Judge Maleny Art Awards
2006
CRUST Examining artist's approaches to clay surfaces Catalogue essay
2005
Limelight Jan 2005 p28 Transformers more than meets the eye
1999
Aspects of the Gold Coast City Art Gallery Ceramic Collection Floor walk
Daily Examiner Grafton April 13th A whimsical work of art
Gold Coast Bulletin Nov 12th P 2 Blinky Bill row by Ann Wason
1998
Gold Coast Bulletin May 360 Degrees Going potty with ceramics
1997
Keineswegs Functional Kunsthandwerk & Design Jan / Feb
Judge Beaudesert Rotary Art Prize
Installations Officer Gold Coast City Art Gallery
Northern News Arts Beat July 31st
Weekend Review Gold Coast Bulletin p12 Lining up for the prize again
1996
The Australian Potters Directory P S of A Editor Sue Buckle pp11
Bricolage Interview Radio 2NCR FM Arts program
The Northern Star Entertainment nov 1st 1996 p15 Bricolage
The Canberra Times Wednesday July 10 The shaping of teapots to come
Meredith Hinchliffe p16
1995
Selected Australian Works QUT Art Collection Stephen Rainbird - Curator
Who’s Who of Australian Visual Artists Thorpe NAV A second edition pp19 Gold Coast Bulletin Page 31 Mr Ultra Mode Retro
Gold Coast Bulletin Review Dr Seuss meets Dali in Baxter exhibition Lara Hookham
THE MORNING SHOW Interview live to air Channel 10 reporter Brady Hals
The 7th Australian Craft Show catalogue Time Piece
1994
Pottery in Australia Vol33 No3/Spring
Daily News Murwillumbah Sculptor makes major Asian sale
1993
Pottery in Australia Vol 23 No 1 Autumn From Hobby Ceramics to Ultra Modernism
Australia House & Garden April Taking Tea ZOOM Teapot
1992
Elle May-June What's New Training Teapot
Time Trax Movie props for Warner Brothers production unit Coomera Qld
Handmade in Australia Evolution of Ceramics 1971-92 Stanthorpe R A G
1991
Decorated Clay Queensland Art Gallery Curated by Glenn Cook
The Vessel Gold Coast Regional Art Gallery curated by Damion Hackett
Performance Cavil Mall Surfers Paradise with Arthur Wicks (Artist)&Damion Hackett (Curator).
1990
Vogue Living Issue Dec-Jan No 10 Alice in Wonderland Teapot
The Murwillumbah Mail Arts View September 6 p12 Margie Bond I make what I like
Where are they now? Darling Downs Press
tracing the whereabouts and achievements of selected past graduates of U.S.Q.
1988
Contributed to Sam Fullbrook documentary by Jennifer Byrne and Ch10
The Cronicle Toowoomba August 3 1988 Stephen in the limelight
 

Professional Memberships

Queensland Artworkers Alliance

Australian Ceramics Association

Biography

Stephen Baxter

 

I like to make things with my hands and fix things if they break.

 

I was born in 1962, the same year structural anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss coined the term ‘bricolage’. Even before coming across Strauss I collected found objects, treasures found around the neighbourhood to re-make, transforming them into something new, breathing new life, a new reality.

My ceramic making process has always included finding desirable objects/shapes to make plaster molds of then slipcasting them in clay. I came across slipcasting first at Art School and then in the mid-1980s in my mother’s hobby ceramics shop, where I used to slipcast commercial moulds and fire the kilns.

The casting slip I have developed over time is a mix of commercially available clays - earthenware, stoneware and porcelain mixed together. If I have been hand building, I throw the small left over bits and pieces into the mix as well as I don’t like to waste anything.  I use white clays as I like a white canvas onto which I paint colourful decorations, stories and characters. Most of the ceramic works I make have some anchor to function. Colour is always present in the final artwork, as is humour.

When making a sculpture, I arm myself with a selection of slip-cast ceramic shapes and piece them together with creamy slip. At every stage each shape, and its prior life, design and function is considered; the stories and history each brings speak to me at some point or another. Eventually a title for the piece emerges. The final constructed object is decorated with colour, glaze, decals, gold and silver lustres, whatever I deem suitable at the time. If a piece cracks in the firing I sometimes fill and embellish the cracks with gold, lustre or gold leaf. I am constantly researching and experimenting with new processes and mediums.

I try to approach things wholistically, working on whatever feels comfortable at any given time - slipcasting, handbuilding, painting, making videos and curating exhibitions, a balancing act in between all the other things day-to-day life presents.