Stephen Bird

Tree with Couple and Fire

Born in Stoke on Trent in 1964, Bird studied fine art at Duncan and Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee, with a post graduate year spent at Cyprus Art College.

Having trained as a painter he now works across a range of mediums, including painting, sculpture, ceramics and digital animation.

Bird exhibits widely throughout the United Kingdom, Australia and the USA and his work is held in many international collections including the National Museum of Scotland, and Artbank Australia.

He has undertaken a number of significant commissions and is featured in numerous publications including Contemporary Ceramics published by Thames & Hudson 2009.

His work has most recently been shown in Collect @ The Saatchi Gallery, and Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and a solo show at the Scottish gallery, Edinburgh.

Stephen Bird currently lectures at the National Art School, Sydney.

What Are You Laughing At? A recent animated film by Stephen Bird
In this film the creation myth, where man is made from clay and then becomes living, is rationalized to take into account our post industrial world, on the brink of nuclear meltdown, environmental collapse and increasing violence. When two clay figures are placed in an electric kiln instead of becoming fired and permanent they seem to laugh, dance, melt and box their way to oblivion.