Ben Sewell – Glass Artist – Hand Blown Glass

Ben is a world renowned glassblower who has a strong connection with the Margaret River region of Western Australia having lived in the area for a number of years. His art making continues to be strongly influenced by the beauty of the coastline and bush. Ben’s glass objects with their soft edges and strong forms are distillations of the natural world. Ben has won many awards and has exhibited both nationally and internationally. His work is represented in collections such as State Collection Art Gallery of Western Australia, La Salle SIA College of the Arts, Singapore and Fort James Paper, Chicago USA.Ben is a world renowned glassblower who has a strong connection with the Margaret River region of Western Australia having lived in the area for a number of years. His art making continues to be strongly influenced by the beauty of the coastline and bush. Ben’s glass objects with their soft edges and strong forms are distillations of the natural world. Ben has won many awards and has exhibited both nationally and internationally. His work is represented in collections such as State Collection Art Gallery of Western Australia, La Salle SIA College of the Arts , Singapore and Fort James Paper, Chicago USA.

Artist Biography

  • Born Esperance Western Australia 1972
  • Bachelor of Visual Arts, Curtin University Western Australia 1996.
  • Diploma of Visual Arts 1997, and Graduate Diploma 1999 at the National Institute of the Arts, Australian National University Canberra.

Awarded the Tom Malone Prize, Art Gallery of Western Australia in 2006 and the City of Perth Craft Award for Excellence in 2002, he is also a recipient of several Australia Council grants. Benjamin has taught university glass blowing programs in Sydney and Melbourne and has travelled across the world attending exhibitions and workshops. He has also given glassblowing demonstrations in the United States.

History with Margaret River

I have a history with Margaret River dating back to the early eighties when my family owned a property for a number of years on Caves Rd. Metricup. All of our family fell in love with the beauty of the coastline and bush. That love of the natural world has strongly influenced my art making and can be seen in the simplicity of my work.

That connection to the region has been maintained through surf trips to the region through my teens and on into my twenties when I lived in Margaret River for a year. With my sister establishing a family and living in Prevelly, that connection continues.

Curriculum Vitae – Benjamin Sewell

Education

1999     Graduate Diploma, National Institute of the Arts, Australian National University.

1997     Diploma of Visual Arts, National Institute of the Arts, A.N.U. Canberra.

1996     Bachelor of Visual Arts, Curtin University, Western Australia.

Awards

2006     Awarded the Tom Malone Prize, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth.

2002     Awarded the City of Perth Craft Award for Excellence, Western Australia.

1999     Pilchuck Glass Scholarship, Seattle USA.

1998     Absolute Au Kurant, Juried Invitational, SOFA, Chicago USA.

Grants

2007     New Work Development Grant, Visual Arts and Craft Board, Australia Council.

2006     Marketing Grant, National Association for Visual Artist’s, NSW.

2005     New Work Development Grant, Visual Arts and Crafts Board, Australia Council.

2002     Skills/Arts Development Grant, Visual Arts and Craft Board, Australia Council.

Collections

  • State Collection Art Gallery of Western Australia, Tom Malone Acquisition, Perth.
  • La Salle SIA College of the Arts, Singapore.
  • Fort James Paper, Chicago USA.

Solo Shows

2008     Interior, Sabbia Gallery, Sydney.

2005     Symbiosis, Chappell Gallery, New York USA.

Group Shows

2008     Australian Glass Art, Gallery O, Perth.

     Wanderlust, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth.

     Minimalism, Prism Contemporary Glass, Chicago USA.

2007     Mastery in Glass, Singapore Arts Centre, Singapore.

     Group Show, Kirra Gallery, Melbourne.

     Offshore II, Studio Works Gallery Jam Factory, Adelaide.

     New from Australia, Curator Ben Sewell, Chappell Gallery, New York USA.

     Urban Glass 30th Anniversary Auction, New York USA.

2006     Tom Malone Prize, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth.

     SOFA New York, Chappell Gallery, New York USA.

2005     Seeds of Light, 10th Anniversary Canberra Glass Workshop, ANU Canberra.

     Australian Glass, Gaffer Glass Gallery, Hong Kong.

2004     Luminous Surface, Australian Contemporary SOFA Chicago USA.

      Forty, Object Gallery, Sydney.

      Cross Roads, Chappell Gallery, Boston USA.

      Tom Malone Prize, Finalist, Western Australia, Perth.

2003     Australian Glass, Anna Bibby Gallery, Auckland New Zealand.

     Ranamok Glass Prize, Finalist, Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra.

     Hot Glass 2003, Axia Modern Art Gallery, Melbourne.

2002     City of Perth Craft Award, Craft West Gallery, Perth.

     Less is More/ Less is a Bore, Brisbane City Gallery, Brisbane.

2001     Interiors, Object Gallery , Australian Centre for Craft and Design, Sydney.

     Resonance Within, Chappell Gallery, New York USA.

     Formal Qualities, Object Gallery, Australian Centre for Craft and Design, Sydney.

2000     Essentially Canberra, Hsinchu Glass Festival, Hsinchu Municipal Cultural Centre,

     Taiwan. Earl Lu Gallery, La Salle-SIA College of the Arts, Singapore.

1999     Graduate Exhibition, National Institute of the Arts, ANU, Canberra.

1998     Au Kurant, Absolut Vodka Emerging Artists, SOFA, Chicago USA.

     Talente, Australian Representative Craft Fair, Munich Germany.

Publications

2008     Craft Arts International, Towards Deep Simplicity, Feature article, Robert Cook

2006     Urban Glass Art Quarterly Magazine, 500 Glass Objects book review, Felix Li.

     500   Glass Objects, Maurine Littleton, Lark Books. New York.

2005      Inside Out Magazine, A moment with Benjamin Sewell.

2002      Object Magazine, The one that grabs the eye, Ann Schilo.

     Craft Culture, Less is More/ Less is a Bore, Peter Gomes.

2001     Object Magazine, Collectors Article Canberra, Meredith Hinchcliffe.

 

JahRoc Galleries currently have no glass art for sale by Ben Sewell.

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