I am a multimedia artist. I deploy the strategy known as Bricolage to inform decisions while developing artworks. I enjoy tinkering away with found objects and images I have collected. I don’t restrict myself to one particular style, theme, technique or medium. My art practice is essentially an evolutionary and eclectic handmade process.
I make artworks informed by general history my immediate environment, information and imagery acquired from trawling the Internet, TV, popular culture and exploring the Australian Landscape. Dr Seuss, Cartoon characters, toys and the Australian Landscape are elements I reference and use when making artworks.
Colour, texture, spontaneity and a good sense of humour are all very important elements to my work. I work on ideas and don’t restrict myself to one particular technique or medium to relay them. If an idea is best expressed through the use of texture and paint, I will use just that. If an idea is best expressed through the use of pop culture, I will focus on that.
I believe many artists throughout time have restricted, limited their potential and growth by pursuing just one distinctive style. My aim is to be free to pursue any direction I want at any given time. Not to be placed into a box to make things more convenient or a curators life easier.
I am about challenging what is traditionally accepted as the norm or the way something is supposed to be done. Ongoing experimentation is essential. Nothing is set in stone. Change is constant.
Stephen is represented in by Feather & Lawry Gallery in Toowoomba where he has more work currently hanging.
Baxter’s work has been exhibited and purchased in Germany – France - UK – Singapore – Moscow - New Zealand – Japan – USA – Canada - and Fiji.
His work has been exhibited and is held in many public and private galleries and University Collections' including: Qld Art Gallery - ANU Australian Dictionary Of Biography – Canberra - Gold Coast City Art Gallery - Tweed Valley Regional Art Gallery - Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery - Grafton Regional Art Gallery - QUT Art Museum - Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery - Southern Cross University - Bond University - Morton Bay Region Art Collection - The Southport School - Toowoomba Boys Grammar - Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery - University of South East Queensland and Griffith University Collection.
In 1997 Baxter was selected to represent Australia in two major exhibitions in Germany. Australische Keramik at Kunstgewerbemuseum Schloss Pillnitz - Dresden and Galerie Handwerk - Munich.
Baxter has had several one-man exhibitions and many group exhibitions including:
“Baxter @ Bond - Australian Made" solo exhibition of selected works from 1982 – 2003 @ Bond University Gallery.
“Another BRICOLAGE”, Gold Coast City Gallery - 2009.
2011 Baxter was the Overall Winner - Morton Bay Region Art Award, judged by Philip Bacon and acquired for the collection.
Baxter embarked on a painting and study tour of N.Y. New York State, Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire regions in 2013. On his return from USA Baxter was selected and acquired for the exhibition “perennials - selected USQ - Alumni - the first forty years, Toowoomba Regional Gallery.
With artist friends, Lorraine Abernethy and Ian Tremewen, Baxter formed “Artspace K” a gallery space in Kingscliff, NSW. The gallery sold artworks by the three artists along with other invited artists during 2013 and 2014.
In 2015 Baxter was invited to exhibit a video and installation in the exhibition “WAR AND PEACE” an Australian Creative Exchange, 100 years since the ANZAC landing, including Turkish, NZ & Australian artists.
In 2016 Baxter was selected for the cutting edge ceramic exhibition, “OVER UNDER SIDEWAYS DOWN”, Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Sydney.
From February 1997 to September 2017 Baxter worked part time as Exhibition and Collection Coordinator Gold Coast City Art Gallery. Apart from installing all exhibitions during that 20 year period, maintaining the gallery register and coordinating all incoming and outgoing artworks from the collection and various other venues, he conceived and curated several exhibitions for the gallery.
"BRICOLAGE" Contemporary Australian Art exploring the term coined in 1962 by structural anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss.
“CRUST” Examining Artists approaches to clay surfaces, a Gold Coast City Art Gallery Travelling Exhibition of Contemporary Ceramics. Crust travelled to 12 venues around NSW and QLD between 2006 and 2012.
“Colour Texture Form”, travelling exhibition of Paintings and Ceramics from the Gold Coast City Art Gallery Collection, travelled to three venues in Queensland. “Made in QLD – Ode to the souvenir” an exhibition exploring the humble souvenir, 2016.
In November 2017 to financially supplement his full time art practice Baxter established “Specialised Art Services” www.art247.biz a specialised art business focussing on providing assistance with the complex task of collection display and maintenance for public collections and private clients.
In 2018 Baxter will be represented by Gold Coast based Gallery “19 Karen” and Toowoomba based Gallery “Feather and Lawry”.
Baxter is continuously working towards his next exhibition and continues his participation in “Artspace K” exhibitions and “Artplace People” exhibitions.
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