John Roy, Artist

This is one of the sculptures in our collection. It was made in Whanganui Region, New Zealand in 2011.
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About the Work
John’s time in Wanganui led to the inspiration for the forms of the works that can be found in this exhibition. The circular form of the dome is echoed in the work Wrestler which is inspired by the Sarjeant’s own Wrestlers which can be seen on entering the Gallery. John’s work is not so much about wrestling but an unsettling combination of silencing and suffocation.
-Bending Hammers Introduction

John’s interest in ceramics began while he was at secondary school and during art school it was his preferred medium. After graduation he chose to focus primarily on ceramic production. Since art school, John has determinedly stuck with ceramics and successfully pushed the boundaries of the medium and, over the last few years, has also created multi-part works that have occupied spaces in unexpected ways.
300 x 285 x 285 mm
Ceramic sculpture in the form of two figures. One which has a tail and front paws is sitting on all fours and has a surprised expression on its face. The other is lying across the back of the first and has its arms wrapped around the first figures neck with a hand covering the first figure's mouth. The work is blue with painted geometric lines on the figures. The base is curved.
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua. Tylee residency exchange, 2012.
Collection Type
Permanent collection
Acquisition Date
Aug 2012



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