Survey marks Les Blakebrough's 80th birthday - Art Collector

Les Blakebrough, Forest Floor, 2005. Deep etched, Southern Ice porcelain, approx 15.5 x 17 x 10cm. Courtesy: the artist and Bett Gallery, Hobart

5 October 2010 | The 80th birthday of ceramicist Les Blakebrough is being commemorated with a survey exhibition at Hobart’s Bett Gallery.

The British-born artist, who immigrated to Australia in 1948, turned 80 years of age on Tuesday 5 October 2010. Celebrating the milestone, the exhibition
Five decades of wonder concentrates on his unglazed porcelain work and also explores his ongoing interest in using metal salts to introduce colour.

In some of the more recent pieces in the exhibition, Blakebrough has returned to his earliest body of work in unglazed porcelain and to the influence of the Mittagong tree paintings of Fred Williams, first encountered as a young apprentice at Sturt Pottery in Mittagong.

Bett Gallery has also published a monograph to accompany the exhibition.

Five decades of wonder closes on 2 November 2010.

Jane O'Sullivan

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