A dedicated painter whose unique and tactile craftsmanship is evident throughout his work, Ben 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.
1993: Group exhibition ‘The Savage Garden’ with Ian 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 Hermann Niebuhr – Grahamstown National Arts festival
1996: Masters Submission Exhibition with Hermann Niebuhr. Grahamstown.
1996: Group show, Primart Gallery, Cape Town
1997: Two man show with Hermann Niebuhr, ABSA Gallery, Johannesburg
1998: Group show, Cape Gallery, Church Street, Cape Town
2000: Group show, Penny Dobbie Gallery, Cape Town
2001: 'Karoo', two-man show with Hermann 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
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