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Twoone planning the 100 Faces exhibition at Backwoods
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03/10/2016
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BLEAK by STEPHEN IVES

For his third solo exhibition at Backwoods Gallery, Stephen Ives dives into a raw purgative interpretation of death and fate on the personal as well as grand human scale. 

Drawing inspiration from the iconic equestrian figures of classical Europe, their heroic portrayal of Great Men and the symbiotic relationship with their mounts carrying them unwittingly onward, Ives attempts to create moments of truth expressing the corruption and purity of the human situation as well as the diminutive nature of our endeavours.

Each sculpture is like an apocalyptic harbinger, a tale within itself of human-kinds majesty and failure and yet also a structure on which to examine his own fallibility by peeling back the layers of his own existence and emotions.
His complex works show great artistic skill and embody different initial impulses into majestic individual pieces.

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STEPHEN IVES
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Stephen Ives was born in England in 1970 and grew up in idyllic surrounds in the historic town of Lewes. Throughout his childhood he was surrounded by opportunities to be creative whether it was drawing, cooking, sculpting, Lego or making model kits.

Before becoming a professional artist in his mid-twenties, Ives worked as a a chef, barista, barman, waiter, market porter, grocer, cheese hand, carpenter’s assistant, mudbrick maker, paste up artist in a small advertising agency, food stylist’s assistant and forklift driver. He is the creator of an up coming toy-sculpture series titled “Mr. Dictator”.

Ives’ works have been exhibited in many private exhibitions in Melbourne and Denmark (his home of several years), he has participated in numerous group exhibitions and art fairs; Art Brussels, Affordable Art Fair (London, Paris, New York), Santa Fe Contemporary Art Fair, and Copenhagen Art Fair. He has work in collections in Australia, England, America and Germany as well as some of the foremost art collectors in Denmark including Christian Stadil (Hummel Sport), Lars Christian Brask (EFG International) and the Danske Bank.
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BLEAK
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For his third solo exhibition at Backwoods Gallery, Stephen Ives dives into a raw purgative interpretation of death and fate on the personal as well as grand human scale. 

Drawing inspiration from the iconic equestrian figures of classical Europe, their heroic portrayal of Great Men and the symbiotic relationship with their mounts carrying them unwittingly onward, Ives attempts to create moments of truth expressing the corruption and purity of the human situation as well as the diminutive nature of our endeavours.

Each sculpture is like an apocalyptic harbinger, a tale within itself of human-kinds majesty and failure and yet also a structure on which to examine his own fallibility by peeling back the layers of his own existence and emotions.
His complex works show great artistic skill and embody different initial impulses into majestic individual pieces.

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STEPHEN IVES
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Stephen Ives was born in England in 1970 and grew up in idyllic surrounds in the historic town of Lewes. Throughout his childhood he was surrounded by opportunities to be creative whether it was drawing, cooking, sculpting, Lego or making model kits.

Before becoming a professional artist in his mid-twenties, Ives worked as a a chef, barista, barman, waiter, market porter, grocer, cheese hand, carpenter’s assistant, mudbrick maker, paste up artist in a small advertising agency, food stylist’s assistant and forklift driver. He is the creator of an up coming toy-sculpture series titled “Mr. Dictator”.

Ives’ works have been exhibited in many private exhibitions in Melbourne and Denmark (his home of several years), he has participated in numerous group exhibitions and art fairs; Art Brussels, Affordable Art Fair (London, Paris, New York), Santa Fe Contemporary Art Fair, and Copenhagen Art Fair. He has work in collections in Australia, England, America and Germany as well as some of the foremost art collectors in Denmark including Christian Stadil (Hummel Sport), Lars Christian Brask (EFG International) and the Danske Bank.

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Silent Landscape represents the way a city exists in the air : lights, reflections, fog, condensation, frost, electrical static, fireworks, bombs, dust. The result is a continuous, back lit scroll with images drifting into each other, mixing in the atmosphere, slowly forming land. 
 
The exhibition of twenty six works was produced at the Westminster Artist Residency in Tokyo, and is strongly inspired by filtering experiences of the city, as well as by Japanese scroll and landscape traditions.
 
Stanislava’s previous exhibition, Bright Night Sky, sold out before it even opened to the public. Feature pieces from the show were acquired by the NGV, securing Stanislava’s position as one of Australia’s most collectible young artists with work in both the NGV and NGA public collections. Since then, Stanislava has created work for Chanel, a collaborative line for Gorman, a sold-out book edition with La Chambre Graphique in Paris and a custom album cover for Lorde. She has spoken at every Semi-Permanent, had her work stolen in a heist and shattered her elbow. This busy year will culminate with the opening of Silent Landscape at Backwoods Gallery. We’re glad to have her back.

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Short video on the insanly talented Tokyo based illustrator, Shohei Otomo..

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