Historically Greek ceramics displayed social narratives relevant to the times. My artistic approach is a direct response to the formula used in ancient Greek pottery both formally and figuratively. Although it is not my intention to exactly replicate these objects of the past, but rather to adopt a similar style in terms of structure, surface pattern and imagery and narrative. These aesthetic qualities are in turn combined with contemporary narratives highly charged with satirical humour and subversive undertones.
I am constantly fascinated by how the art from the past continues to inspire artists now, and with this in mind my ideas are allowed to develop through use of a playful dialog between the contemporary and the classical. In many of my compositions I retain specific symbolic elements of Greek history and mythology, whilst ironically juxtaposing them with imagery from within our contemporary arena.
I firmly believe that the art from the past should be constantly reinvestigated, reconsidered and reinvented. Through the utilisation of an historic artefact my practice explores the notion of reassessing our understanding of it whilst addressing the cultural and social predicaments we find ourselves in now.
CV & Education
Raymond Church CV
2014 - Zetter Hotel, Artists Atrium, London
2016 - Crafted, Kirkby Gallery
2016 - Ceramic Art London, Central St Martins, London
2015 - Erwood Station, Builth Wells
2015 - Lion Street Gallery, Hay-on-Wye
2015 - International Ceramics Festival, Aberystwyth
2015 - Bienale de la Ceramique, Exhibition of Contemporary ceramics, Andenne Belgium
2014 - Art in Clay, Farnham
2014 - National Eisteddfod special exhibition ‘Dan y Wyneb’ in collaboration with Peter Bodenham
2014 - Bevere Gallery, Worcester
2014 - MAKERS of GB, Manchester Art Gallery (shop)
2013 - Social Deformity, View art Gallery, Bristol
2013 - New Designers 2013, Business Design Centre, London
2013 - Up and Comer group show, Fountain Fine Art, Llandeilo
2012 - New Gallery grand opening, King Street Gallery, Carmarthen
2015 - De Kliene k issue 5