‘Saint Sebastian’ Pencil Holder, 2017
Hand–built, hand–glazed ceramic
Edition of 50
6.5 x 29cm
Available in three colour–ways
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About the artwork
Pablo Bronstein’s hand–cast ceramic pencil holder pays homage to the early Christian martyr Saint Sebastian, popularized by Renaissance painters and gay literary writers, amongst others. Believed to have been martyred during the persecution of Christians on the orders of Roman emperor Diocletian, Sebastian was bound to a stake so that Mauritania archers could fill him full of arrows.
Bronstein's artistic practice spans from drawing to choreography and performance; each with a focus on architecture and pre–20th century European design. The artist's interests often lie in the "inaccuracies that occur when the past is re–created".
About the artist
Pablo Bronstein (b. 1977, Buenos Aires) lives and works in London. Solo exhibitions include Sir John Soane’s Museum, London, UK (2020); Ickworth House, Suffolk, UK (2020); Carousel, OGR, Turin, IT (2019); Raid the Icebox Now with Pablo Bronstein: Historic Rhode Island Décor, RISD, Providence, US (2019); London in its Original Splendour, Bloomberg SPACE, London, UK (2018); Clocks, Cupid’s Caprice, Herald St, London, UK (2018); Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh, UK (2017); Tate Britain Commission 2016: Pablo Bronstein, Tate Britain, London, UK (2016); We live in Mannerist times, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, US (2015); The Grand Tour: Pablo Bronstein and the Treasures of Chatsworth, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, UK, The Grand Tour, Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, UK (2015); Pablo Bronstein: Enlightenment Discourse on The Origins of Architecture, REDCAT, Los Angeles (2014); Recent History, Herald St, London (2014); A is Building, B is Architecture, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva (2013); Intermezzo: Two girls wear fashion garments on a palm tree, curated by Cecilia Alemani, High Line, New York (2013); Tate Live, Tate Modern, London (2012); Sketches for Regency Living, Institute of Contemporary Art, London (2011), Pissoir, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen (2011); Garden A La Mode, Tate Britain (2010) and Pablo Bronstein at the Met, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2009).
Bronstein is represented by Herald St, London and Galleria Franco Noero, Turin.
Bronstein is a Trustee of Studio Voltaire, London.
Studio Voltaire has been supporting artists for over twenty years, through our renowned programme of exhibitions, performances, events and education projects as well as providing affordable studios.
We have gained a reputation for championing both emerging and underrepresented artistic practices, often at key stage in the artist’s career. These have included Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Phyllida Barlow, Ruth Ewan, Elizabeth Price, Jo Spence, Joanne Tatham & Tom O’Sullivan, Richard Slee and Cathy Wilkes.
The gallery also provides an important UK platform for international artists, often providing them their first-ever presentation in the UK. These have included Nairy Baghramian, Thea Djordjadze, Nicole Eisenman, Judith Hopf, Paulina Olowska and Henrik Olesen.