In 1993, Ben Coutouvidis graduated from Rhodes University with a distinction and has exhibited at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, as well as group shows throughout Cape Town and Johannesburg. Well known for his atmospheric distilling paintings depicting the everyday and mundane; he recently began exploring sculp- tural mediums such as wood and metal. Here, we see the range of the artist as these sculptural forms work within the similar concepts but exist in a blunt presence and focus more on the human body.
Rhodes University Collection
Collection of the Institute of English Education in SA, Rhodes University
Webber Wentzel Bowens
1993 – Group exhibition ‘The Savage Garden’ with Jan Nell, Leanette Botha and Alex Murphy – Grahamstown National Arts Festival.
1994 – Landscape exhibition with Herman Niebuhr – Grahamstown National Arts Festival.
1995 – Three-man-show with Sarah Ballam and Herman Niebuhr, Grahamstown.
1996 – Masters Submission Exhibition with Herman Niebuhr, Grahamstown.
1996 – Group show, Primart, Cape Town.
1997 – Two man show with Herman Niebuhr, ABSA Gallery, Johannesburg.
1998 – Group show, Cape Gallery, Cape Town.
2000 – Group show, Penny Dobbie Gallery, Cape Town
2001 – ‘Karoo’, Two-man show with Herman Niebuhr, Albertyn Stables Art Gallery, Cape Town.
2001 – ‘Things’, Group exhibition with Carol Lee Fine Art, Johannesburg.
2001 – ‘Journeys’ Group exhibition with Carol Lee Fine Art, Johannesburg.
2002 – ‘Inside/Outside’ Group exhibition with Carol Lee Fine Art, Johannesburg.
2004 – ‘Great Karoo’ Solo exhibition with Johans Borman Fine Art Gallery, Cape Town
2005 – ‘Kalk Bay to Karibib’ Solo exhibition with Johans Borman Fine Art Gallery, Cape Town
2005 – Exhibition of drawings, Kalk Bay Modern, Cape Town.
2007 – ‘Encounters’ Solo exhibition with Johans Borman Fine Art Gallery, Cape Town
2009 – ‘Art that inspires’ Anniversary exhibition at Johans Borman Fine Art Gallery, Cape Town.
2010 – ‘Play’ Solo exhibition with Johans Borman Fine Art Gallery, Cape Town
2012 – ‘-scape’ group exhibition at Johans Borman Fine Art, Cape Town.
2012 – Still Life, group show at Kalk Bay Modern with Walter Meyer and Hanneke Benade
2013 – Sculpture and ceramics exhibition, group show at Kalk Bay Modern
2013 – Allusions of Abstraction, curated exhibition Johans Borman Fine Art Gallery
2013 – Muse, group show at the Casa Labia Gallery, Muizenberg
2013 – Art on Paper, group show Kalk Bay Modern Gallery
2014 – Still, curated exhibition Johans Borman Fine Art Gallery
2014 – From the Heart, group show curated by Carol Hodes At The Christopher Moller Art Gallery
2014 – Big Sky- African Landscapes, curated show Johans Borman Fine Art Gallery
2014 – Seeing Things- a solo exhibition at Knysna Fine Art
2015 – Spectra – a curated exhibition at Johans Borman Fine Art
2015 – Residency at The Forge, Kalk Bay
2015 – East/West Exhibition with Lisa Strachan at Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town
2015 – The Crossing – a multimedia installation at the Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town
2017 – Dream Rift, a group show at Eclectica Design and Art, Cape Town and Symbiosis, a group show at Eclectica Design and Art, Cape Town.
2018 – Limb, solo show at Eclectica Contemporary. Cape Town.
Limb | Ben Coutouvidis
Eclectica Contemporary is pleased and excited to present a solo exhibition by Ben Coutouvidis for the month of April. A selection of new work is curated within the space, spanning the street level of the gallery as well as a sculptural installation on the basement level.
The title of this new exhibition alludes to the physicality of the work – in forms and shapes and in making, from the intertwined roots and branches of trees reaching out across the canvas like fingers and legs and toes, to the spliced and re-articulated sculptural figures. ‘Limb’ gestures through language and imagination.
Using an array of wood collected from forests, the Milnerton market and other strange places, Ben Coutouvidis creates chimerical beings as a mode of exploring how we can reformat and reimagine previously determined things. Chimerical beings are mythical creatures created from different parts of different animals and beings and each make use of these different parts as a culmination of strengths. Rather than rejecting objects and forms as they break or seem to be redundant, Ben Coutouvidis reimagines new creatures that are recreated for new purposes and presented as art objects.
Extending through his work is a motif of earth and finding ones’ place within and around landscapes. Consistent in Ben’s exploration is a consideration of how human interaction shapes and marks land, with an interest in textures and environments for habitation and adventure.
The works in this exhibition explore and illustrate the notion of speaking through movement, using different mediums to articulate different thoughts that come together around the central connection of gesture, different notions of body and the worlds that we find ourselves in.