Biography

Born:  Pretoria, South Africa, 1953
Education:  University of West Australia
Address:  P.O. Box 1316 Kurtistown, Hawaii 96760
E Mail:  stephenxfreedman@gmail.com

Influences:

Many of the concepts which have engaged me during my career were seeded by my early childhood in South Africa. My grandparents had migrated from Russia to avoid persecution that had defined the recent history of Jews in Europe. My father became a biologist, working with now mythological figures in the field of human evolutionary study, such as Raymond Dart, Louis Leaky and John Robinson. My Mother’s interest in pottery began in Africa offering me medium, while my father’s pursuit of the principles of evolution imprinted the way I subsequently perceived the world.

Selected Exhibitions and Commissions:

1999Museum of West Australia – The Language of Art
Mori Museum of Contemporary American Ceramics, Japan
Amaury Saint-Gilles Fine Arts, Hawaii
Lecture/workshop series for Hui No’eau, Maui
1998Cal. State, Los Angeles – solo exhibition: War Songs
Purchases: Reno Museum, Nevada, National Vietnam Veterans
Museum, Chicago, Illinois.
Commissions: Carillon of 15 Bells for the Viejas Reservation
Casino – California. Fountain for The Lapid-Shapiro Torah
Center, Long Beach, California “Sh’ma”. Two fountains for
the Niznick Residence, Mana Lani at the Cape, Hawaii:
Water and Fire & Spheres.
Ritz Carlton, Istanbul, Turkey.
Artists of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii.
1997Solo exhibitions: War Songs – Reno Museum, Nevada –
National Vietnam Veterans Museum, Chicago, Illinois –
Cleavland State University Art Gallery, Ohio
Commissions: Mulia Senayan, Indonesia. Loews Miami
Beach Resort, Florida. Swisotel, Atlanta, Georgia.
Amaury Saint-Gilles Contemporary Fine Arts, Hawaii
1996Solo exhibitions: War songs – Lizardi / Harp Gallery, Los
Angeles. Amaury Saint-Gilles Fines Arts, Hawaii
The Complex, Nashville Tennessee
Del Mano Galleries, Los Angeles
Kohala Kollection, Hawaii
Commissions: Saigon Center, Vietnam. Four Seasons
Hotel, Kona Hawaii. Grand Hyatt, Hong Kong
1995Ghattam: CD recording of ceramic instruments created
for collaboration with The Antenna Repairmen
percussion ensemble and Arthur Jarvinen.
Lizardi / Harp Gallery, Los Angeles
Kohala Kollection, Hawaii
1994Commission for the Los Angeles Public Library –
Felipe de Neve: Word Cage
Ghattam: World Premiere, Los Angeles Contemporary
Exhibitions, LAX Bienniel 94
Thresholds: Solo exhibition Wailoa Gallery Hilo, Hawaii
1993Elaine Horowich Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Little Deaths: Performance collaboration with composer
Arthur Jarvinen. Premiere at Beyond Baroque, Venice
California.
Felipe de Neve Library Commission, Los Angeles
Space Gallery, L.A. Satellite Galleries Exhibition
Commission: Kawamura, Japan
Ralleigh Gallery, Fllorida, Lizardi / Harp Gallery, Los
Angeles
1992Art Matters Fellowship for literature and sculpture
Venice Artwalk Invitational, Los Angeles.
Ralleigh Gallery, Florida
West Australia Museum, Australia aquisition.
Stones Gallery, Kauai, Hawaii
Solo Exhibition: Butterfly, Salem Museum,
Massachusetts
Lizardi / Harp Gallery, Los Angeles
1991Garth Clark Gallery, Los Angeles: Gold
Ralleigh Gallery
Solo exhibitions: Butterfly, The Butler Institute,
Youngstown, Ohio. Fiona Whitney Gallery, Los Angeles
Solo exhibitions: Memory Containers, Stafford Studios,
Perth Australia. Lizardi / Harp Gallery, Los Angeles
1990Los Angeles County Museum of Art: Commission for 12
pieces – Art in Architecture.
Garth Clark Gallery, New York
Solo exhibition: Memory Containers, Fiona Whitney
Gallery, Los Angeles
Macquarie Gallery, Sydney Australia
Solo exhibition: Crow: Vessels from the Performance,
Lizardi / Harp Gallery, Los Angeles
Raleigh Gallery, Miami, Florida
Los Angeles Theater Center, ‘Crow’: with composition by
Dusan Bogdanovic, choreography by Gilberte Munier,
Poetry Ted Hughes, sculpture Stephen Freedman.
1989Solo exhibitions: Memory Containers, Lizardi / Harp
Gallery. Ralleigh Gallery, Bay Gallery, Perth, West
Australia.
Gallery of Functional Art, Santa Monica, California
The Chamelion – Ravenwoods Gallery, Seattle,
Washington
Invitational fellowship: Kenneth Patchen Festival, Ohio
1988Solo exhibition: The Chameleon, my Dad and the Other –
Lizardi / Harp Gallery
Ralleigh Gallery
Purchase: American Craft Museum, New York
Commissions: Ana Hotel, Tokyo, Japan. Westin Kauai,
Hawaii, Shanghai i, Shanghai, China
1987Solo exhibitions: The Pongid/Hominid Behavioral
Transition – Lizardi / Harp Gallery. The Works Gallery,
Long Beach,California, Ralleigh Gallery, Florida
Commissions: Ana Hotel, Tokyo, Japan
Saks Fifth Avenue Collections.
1986Solo exhibitons: Multiples – Lizardi / Harp Gallery, Los
Angeles. The Works Gallery, Long Beach, California.
Ralleigh Gallery.
Commission: Chicago Hilton and Towers.
1985Solo exhibitions: In Vitro – Lizardi / Harp Gallery, Los
Angeles, The World Gallery, Long Beach, California.
Art Institute of Boston
Raleigh Gallery
1984Solo exhibitions: The Patchen Series – Lizardi / Harp
Gallery, Los Angeles
Ralleigh Gallery, Florida
1983Solo exhibitions: The Patchen Series, Marcia Rodell
Gallery, Los Angeles
1975-79Bunbury Art College, West Australia

 

Selected Collections and Public Commissions:

  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art
  • Los Angeles Theater Company
  • West Australian Museum of Art
  • Oakland Museum, Oakland, California
  • Long Beach Museum, Long Beach, California
  • Art Institute of Boston
  • Getty Musuem, Malibu, California
  • Saks Fifth Avenue Collection
  • Saigon Center, Vietnam
  • Westin Plaza, Atlanta, Georgia
  • American Craft Museum
  • Mori Museum of American Ceramics, Japan
  • Bunbury College Collection
  • Butler Museum, Youngstown, Ohio
  • Art Matters Fellowship
  • Felipe de Neve Public Library Commission
  • Westin Maui, Hawaii
  • Westin Kauai, Hawaii
  • Shanghai Hilton, China
  • Kawamura Hotel, Japan
  • Hyatt Regency, Melbourne Australia
  • Doubletree Hotel, Atlanta
  • Chicago Hilton and Towers
  • La Toc Hotel, West Indies
  • Regent Singapore
  • Steven Bochco Productions, Hollywood
  • Grand Hyatt Waikaloa, Hawaii
  • Grand Hyatt, Hong Kong
  • Mulia Senayan, Jakarta

Publications:


Butterfly cover

 

Butterfly;
A collection of short stories—
Graphic Torch 1991

Dreamgirl cover

 

Dreamgirl;
A book about making books for Children—
Green Beard Press 1995

War Songs book cover

 

War Songs;
Essays and Poems of the Vietnam Experience—
Lizardi / Harp Inc. 1996

Art and Cooperation;
a series of articles on art and evolution—
West Hawaii Today 1994-96