In recent works I have been blurring the line between what is a real representation of the world and what is a trompe-l’œil representation of an object. This work uses representations of objects to create a visual narrative about a man and his dog. However it remains ambiguous as to whether this is about a real dog or an ornamental Staffordshire ceramic Wally dog.
Courtesy of Olsen Irwin Gallery
Born 1964 in Stoke on Trent. Lives and works Sydney (AUS) and Dundee (UK).
Bird initially trained as a painter but now works across a range of mediums. Bird studied Fine Art at Duncan and Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee, and post graduate studies at Cyprus Art College. He started making ceramics and sculptures in early 1990s.
Bird has exhibited throughout the United Kingdom, Australia and the USA. Collections include the National Museum of Scotland, Art Gallery of South Australia and Artbank Australia. Bird has undertaken a number of significant commissions and is featured in Contemporary Ceramics - International Perspective by Emanuel Cooper, published by Thames & Hudson 2009. He also lectures at the National Art School, Sydney.
ceramic with pigment and glaze
65 x 29 x 22 cm
Judges of the 2014 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize: Lisa Havilah (Director of Carriageworks), Justin Miller (International Art Advisor and former Chairman of Sotheby's Australia) and Gretel Packer (Arts Patron and Trustee of the Art Gallery of NSW).
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