Stephen Baxter was born in Sydney, NSW, Australia. He has an Honours degree in Fine Art and lives and works from his home and studio in Southport, on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.
He is also known as ‘KingBricolage’.
‘As a child, in the 1960s and ’70s, I remember writing, “SB was here”, in recently poured concrete or dust on windows, school desks, and chalk on footpaths. I wanted people to know I was here. These days, for me, the making of Art is about storytelling, recording experiences, and time’.
My work explores historical and current social and economic structures. It attempts to address issues such as reuse and recycling, of materials and ideas, while incorporating innovative and functional design. Most works incorporate themes with a “Flower Power” ethos of, Peace, Love, and respect for all creatures. 😊
Stephen prefers to research theories and explore ideas, methodologies, and mediums when developing a body of work, rather than maintaining one solitary, ‘Style’. The approaches he continuously develops and explores allow him the freedom to expand his knowledge base and ensure he is never restricted by one singular approach. “Making artwork for me is a bit like, the thrill of the chase. Just like life, sometimes it works and sometimes it fails. That’s the beauty of it. My failures are quite often my most successful developments in the end. One day I could be focussing on piecing together shiny stainless steel and the next could be playing with beautiful white porcelain and the next, trowling on thick buttery impasto paint”.😊
The underlying research of Stephen’s working methodology is Bricolage. Structural anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss coined the term in 1962. “The Bricoleur, remixes, reconstructs, and reuses found and at hand materials and ideas to produce new works with new meanings and insights”.
Stephen’s Artworks are held in both private and public collections. His artworks have been exhibited in and collected by people in, USA, France, Russia, Türkiye, Singapore, Fiji, Germany, and England.
Australian Public Collections include:
QAGOMA – Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
ANU – Australian Dictionary of Biography Canberra, Australian Capital Territory.
HOTA – Gold Coast City Gallery, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.
QUT – Queensland University of Technology Art Museum, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
USQ – University of Southeast Queensland, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia.
Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Murwillumbah, New South Wales.
Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery, Queensland, Australia.
Grafton Regional Art Gallery, Grafton, New South Wales.
Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery, Queensland, Australia.
Morton Bay Region Art Collection, Queensland, Australia.
Downlands College Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia.
Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, Queensland, Australia.
Griffith University Art Museum, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
SCU – Southern Cross University, former Dean (Leone Cantrell) purchase.
Mater Hospital, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
Gold Coast University Hospital, Southport, Gold Coast, Australia.
Stephen exhibits regularly and is available for commissions.
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