Born in England in 1970, Stephen Ives is a Melbourne-based artist specializing in bricolage. He forges his works from a various mixture of supplies: toys, junk, found objects, mannequin kits, and pliable extras like polymer clays and aluminum.
His inventive course of mirrors the chaotic assortment of supplies, encompassing an amalgamation of ideas, feelings, present and previous concepts, historic context, and popular culture. These ideas are refined, and supplies are accrued, manipulated, altered, and eventually united right into a cohesive piece that serves as a tangible illustration of thought and a delight to the senses.
The son of an Australian mom and English father, Ives grew up on the outskirts of the historic city of Lewes, England, earlier than transferring to Australia on the age of 12. A lot of his childhood was spent immersed in a mountain of Lego, bringing his imaginative creations to life, or adventuring within the South Downs. As an adolescent, he honed his expertise in drawing and model-making, specializing in tanks and planes.
Ives has been crafting and showcasing his work in Melbourne since his mid-20s. His artwork has graced the partitions of galleries in quite a few cities, together with London, Paris, Brussels, New York, Santa Fe, and Copenhagen. Collectors from Australia, England, and Germany have acquired his works, alongside a few of Denmark’s most distinguished artwork collectors, equivalent to Christian Stadil of Thornico and Hummel Sport, Lars Christian Brask of EFG Worldwide, and representatives from the Danske Financial institution.
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