LONDON — Roger Law, is known for his caricature work in publications such as ‘The New York Times,’ ‘London Sunday Times,’ ‘Der Spiegel’ culminating in his work on the satirical British TV show Spitting Image. But Rogers relocated to Sydney, Australia after the show closed to get away from the pressure and fame; to make a new life for himself. Fortunately, he maintained his fascination for the surreal and grotesque.
“The first step was closing the factory gates on the satirical puppet workshop Spitting Image. Moving to Australia, it turned out, was the next great stride. No one can live in Australia for long without becoming very aware of the influence of China.” — Law
Law became enraptured with sketching the native Australian flora and fauna, which turned his eye toward ceramics – a new modality for this exotic bestiary, Law says.
“I had previously travelled widely in Australia drawing surreal and exotic creatures found in the wetlands and seas around that sunburnt country – everything from Weedy Sea Dragons to Cheer-leader Crabs.
Drawing influence from Asian ceramic techniques, Law began traveling to Jingdezhen, China’s Porcelain city for months at a time. He eventually moved there to focus on fine-tuning his work, creating his giant striking ceramic vessels from which he carves out his Weedy Sea Dragons and Cheerleader Crabs.
Most of the workshops in Jingdezhen are highly specialised, family businesses – skillful pottery sweatshops, not unlike my Spitting Image puppet factory. Porcelain City was as busy making things as Britain in the 1950s. I felt oddly at home in this strange culture.” — Law
Law is represented by Sladmore Contemporary in London. The gallery writes his “spectacular ceramics [are] as witty and beautiful as his caricatures were rude and ugly.”
You can see more of Law’s work here. Cfile also has a digital copy of the catalog from his latest exhibition with Stephen Bird Transported at The Scottish Gallery (Edinburgh, November 30 – December 23, 2016) on cfile.campus. If you are a Cfile member, you can view the catalog, or begin your 30-day free trial.
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