Ben Coutouvidis

A dedicated painter whose unique and tactile craftsmanship is evident throughout his work, Coutouvidis succeeds in communicating a particular mood, emotion or even atmosphere through seemingly mundane and ordinary objects and everyday scenes.

Coutouvidis describes his motivation to paint in his own words,"The departure point is always an encountered and experienced reality that allows for the exploration of different states of mind."  His attraction to painting a wide range of subject matter from still life paintings, landscapes, street scenes to interiors is emotionally inspired, with the intention "to try distil the essence of a place, situation or object," says Coutouvidis.

Ben Coutouvidis has recently began exploring other sculptural mediums such as wood carving and metal drawings using fine wire.

Education:

Studied Fine Art at Rhodes University, graduating in 1993 with distinction in Fine Art Practical (Sculpture).  Registered for a Masters Degree for Fine Arts in 1994, was awarded the Raymond Pullen Scholarship for painting in 1996.

Exhibitions:

2012:       Still Life, Group exhibition at Kalk Bay Modern, Cape Town
2010:       Play, Solo exhibition, Johans Borman Fine Art Gallery, Cape Town
2009:       Art That Inspires, Anniversary exhibition, Johans Borman Fine Art Gallery, Cape Town
2007:       Encounters, Solo exhibition, Johans Borman Fine Art Gallery, Cape Town
2005:       Kalk Bay, Exhibition of drawings, Kalk Bay Modern, Cape Town
2004:       Great Karoo, Solo exhibition, Johans Borman Fine Art Gallery, Cape Town
2002:       Inside/Outside, Group exhibition, Carol Lee Fine Art, Johannesburg
2001:       Journeys, Group exhibition, Carol Lee Fine Art, Johannesburg
2001:       Things, Group exhibition, Carol Lee Fine Art, Johannesburg
2001:       Karoo, Exhibition with Hermann Neibuhr, Bronze Age Foundry, Cape Town
1997:       Eastern Cape Landscapes,  Exhibition with Hermann Neibuhr, ABSAGallery, Johannesburg

Collections:

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.