Monday, July 6, 2015
David Garratt's "Dodges, Pitfalls and Triumphs" Garners Honorable Mention at Ceramics Biennial
VCCA Resident Artist David Garratt's fired clay, life-sized sculpture: Dodges, Pitfalls and Triumphs has been awarded Honorable Mention at the 2015 Gyeonggi International Ceramics Biennial in Incheon, Korea.
The selection process for inclusion in the biennial 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 marks the second time David has been accepted to exhibit in this Biennial.
David works without preliminary drawings, hand sculpting his heads. He relies on his own observations, capturing “fleeting moments”. The works are immediate with expression and raw emotion conveyed 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 as well as others. He was a semi-finalist for the Outwin Boochever Portrait competition, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. David has been awarded a Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts grant, an HK Mellon/Pittsburgh Foundation grant (both 2001) and has thrice been a finalist for the prestigious Adolph Gottlieb Foundation grant (2008, 2010, 2015). The Cultural Magistrate of Salzburg, Austria, awarded Garratt a residency at Kunstlerhaus in 2007.