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Project Description

Ben Coutouvidis

Ben Coutouvidis

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.

Collections:

Spier
ABSA Bank
Rhodes University Collection
Collection of the Institute of English Education in SA, Rhodes University
Barclays International
General Cologne
Webber Wentzel Bowens
Gerling Insurance

Exhibitions:

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.

Ben Coutouvidis, Untitled, 2018, oil on card, 23 x 62 cm

Ben Coutouvidis
Untitled
2018
oil on card
23 x 62 cm

Ben Coutouvidis - Kinders van die Wind, 2018, oil on canvas, 50 x 40 cm

Ben Coutouvidis
Kinders van die Wind
2018
oil on canvas
50 x 40 cm

Ben Coutouvidis, Untitled, 2018, oil on card, 26.5 x 44 cm

Ben Coutouvidis
Untitled
2018
oil on card
26.5 x 44 cm

Ben Coutouvidis a note book, a study 2018 oil on note book paper 26 x 21 cm

Ben Coutouvidis
a note book, a study
2018
oil on note book paper
26 x 21 cm

Ben Coutouvidis Vista with good light 2018 oil on canvas 36,5 x 30,5 cm

Ben Coutouvidis
Vista with good light
2018
oil on canvas
36,5 x 30,5 cm

Ben Coutouvidis kids 2018 oil on card 26 x 21 cm

Ben Coutouvidis
kids
2018
oil on card
26 x 21 cm
SOLD

Ben Coutouvidis A study 2018 oil on card

Ben Coutouvidis
A study
2018
oil on card
26 x 21 cm
SOLD

Ben Coutouvidis Limb 2018 oil on card 133 x 123 cm

Ben Coutouvidis
Limb
2018
oil on card
133 x 123 cm

Ben Coutouvidis Jumping 2018 oil on card 43 x 31.5 cm

Ben Coutouvidis
Jumping
2018
oil on card
43 x 31.5 cm

Ben Coutouvidis untitled (jasmine) 2018 oil on canvas 30 x 38 cm

Ben Coutouvidis
untitled (jasmine)
2018
oil on canvas
30 x 38 cm

Ben Coutouvidis together 2018 oil on card 26 x 21 cm

Ben Coutouvidis
together
2018
oil on card
26 x 21 cm

Ben Coutouvidis Untitled (some white petals) 2018 oil on canvas 30 x 40 cm

Ben Coutouvidis
Untitled (some white petals)
2018
oil on canvas

Ben Coutouvidis purple ground 2018 oil on canvas 48 x 60 cm

Ben Coutouvidis
purple ground
2018
oil on canvas
48 x 60 cm

Ben Coutouvidis the walk home 2018 oil on canvas 50 x 50 cm

Ben Coutouvidis
the walk home
2018
oil on canvas
50 x 50 cm

Ben Coutouvidis Japanese Garden 2018 oil on card 52.5 x 42.5 cm

Ben Coutouvidis
Japanese Garden
2018
oil on card
52.5 x 42.5 cm

Ben Coutouvidis Helicrysum (inhale) 2018 oil on canvas 60 x 119.5 cm

Ben Coutouvidis
Helicrysum (inhale)
2018
oil on canvas
60 x 119.5 cm

Ben Coutouvidis Santa Claus Selfie 2018 oil on card 54 x 42 cm

Ben Coutouvidis
Santa Clous Selfie
2018
oil on card
54 x 42 cm

Ben Coutouvidis here we sit 2018 oil on card 54 x 42 cm

Ben Coutouvidis
here we sit
2018
oil on card
54 x 42 cm

Ben Coutouvidis Untitled 2018 oil on card 54 x 42 cm

Ben Coutouvidis
Untitled
2018
oil on card
54 x 42 cm
SOLD

Ben Coutouvidis Chimerical Beings series 2018 ebony, yellow wood, stone pine Sizes vary

Ben Coutouvidis
Chimerical Beings series
2018
ebony, yellow wood, stone pine
Sizes vary
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Limb | Ben Coutouvidis

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.

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