Vale Stephen Birch

Art Life Sep 03, 2007 No Comments

Stephen Birch, Accumulations/Accretions, 2006. [Detail].

It’s with sadness that we report the death of the artist Stephen Birch. He passed away on Sunday evening after a long battle with cancer. He was 46.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday at 11am at Macquarie Park Cemetery and Crematorium Corner Delhi and Plassey Roads, Macquarie Park NSW.

Stephen Birch was born in Melbourne in 1961. After studying at Prahran College and earning a Bachelor of Art and Design, he exhibited widely in Sydney and Melbourne’s artist run galleries in numerous group shows before staging his first solo show at Reconnaissance Gallery, Melbourne, in 1988. In 2000, he was awarded an MFA from College of Fine Art UNSW. His solo show Accumulations/Accretions was held at Kaliman Gallery in late 2006 and the exhibition Looking out my back door was presented on Level 4 at the Museum of Contemporary Art from 16 March – 20 May 2007. His installation The Trip, 2005 was also acquired for the MCA Collection earlier this year.

A memorial event will be held in the near future at the MCA to celebrate Stephen’s life and achievements, and to acknowledge the recent contribution he made to the MCA. We’ll update here as we hear of more details.

Our sympathies to Stephen’s family, many friends and art world colleagues.

Update: The MCA is hosting memorial drinks for Stephen next Wednesday 12 Sept level 6 6-8pm

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