Thursday, January 15, 2015
David Garratt's Sculpture Accepted for Ceramic Biennial in Korea
VCCA Resident Artist David Garratt's fired clay, life-sized sculpture: Dodges, Pitfalls and Triumphs has been accepted for the 2015 Gyeonggi International Ceramics Biennial in Incheon, Korea.
The selection process is extremely competitive. Of the 2,700 entries from 74 countries, only 108 were selected for the exhibition. Each entry was submitted to a rigorous double review process conducted by a panel of six international ceramics experts. This is the second time David has been accepted to exhibit in this Biennial.
Working without preliminary drawings, David hand sculpts his heads relying on his own observations to capture “fleeting moments” from life. The works have a remarkable immediacy; David conveys expression and raw emotion with veracity and deftness.
Primarily a self-taught artist, David has exhibited his work widely including solo exhibitions at The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA and Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and others. He was a semi-finalist for the Outwin Boochever Portrait competition, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. He has been awarded a Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts grant, an HK Mellon/Pittsburgh Foundation grant (both 2001) and has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Adolph Gottlieb Foundation grant (2008, 2010). The Cultural Magistrate of Salzburg, Austria, awarded Garratt a residency at Kunstlerhaus in 2007.