Yarra Valley-based artist David Ray has won the $10,000 biennial Manningham Victorian Ceramic Art Award for his handbuilt work WILD, 2017.
Chosen from 62 finalists, Ray’s award-winning piece uses humour and satire to engage his viewers and examine our perceptions of the beautiful and the ugly. Ray intends to critically comment on the ways in which consumerism and human activity are destroying the environment – posing the question, “what are we prepared to lose?”
Handbuilt in sections using earthenware and decal enamel gold, the artist’s work is intentionally imperfect to contrast with its romantic colours and opulent motifs referencing the indulgent 18th century Baroque era.
“Driven by the need to buy things to make people feel better about themselves, my handbuilt work opposes this consumerist mentality,” said the artist.
This year’s award was guest-judged by respected ceramicist Janet DeBoos.
Established in 2009, the Manningham Victorian Art Award was started by the Manningham Council to support Victorian studio ceramics and acknowledge the ongoing importance ceramics has in Manningham and the surrounding region.
Recipients of Merit Award Acquisitions include Eva Glac, Magdalena Dmowska, Timothy Clarkson, and Bridget Foley.
Works by the finalists are currently on show in the Manningham Victorian Ceramic Art Award 2017 Finalists’ Exhibition.
Manningham Victorian Ceramic Art Award 2017 Finalists Exhibition
Manningham Art Gallery
16 August – 23 September