Janet Beckhouse


Janet Beckhouse (1955 - 2020), drew inspiration from her fascination with Australia’s unique flora and fauna for her whimsical and fantastical hand built ceramics. Beckhouse’s hyper-elaborate ceramic works espouse a kind of stretched, augmented, deeply psychological expansion on the ornamental. Glazed in a style reminiscent of Victorian Majolica, the vessels fuse a traditional technique with a frank and contemporary viscerality. At once beautiful and enthralling, confronting and disturbing, ultimately, these masterful ceramics were poetic tropes for the artist’s personal reality and emblematic expressions of the wondrous world around us.

Beckhouse graduated with a Master of Fine Art from Monash University and exhibited widely throughout Australia and New Zealand. Her work was showcased in several important group exhibitions including Melbourne Now at the National Gallery of Victoria (2014), Art Brussels, Belgium (2012), Look! at the NGV (2008) and Australian Culture Now at the Ian Potter Centre, NGV, (2004). Many of her pieces are held in notable collections including National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Newcastle Art Gallery, Shepparton Art Museum, Griffith University, Bendigo Art Gallery, Queensland University of Technology Art Museum, Smorgon Collection, Margaret Lawrence Collection, Victorian College of Arts and Hamilton Art Gallery, as well as private collections in Australia, New Zealand, the USA & Europe.
 
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