Thursday, June 25, 2020

Auctions speak louder than words

Hi, hope you're really well!

There's only one day left to bid in the online fundraiser auction raising money for the Sydney based community radio station FBi!

To place a bid on my piece or to see all wonderful other works available, click here!

Huge thank you to everyone whose bid on my piece so far! 

Bidding ends this tomorrow night, (Friday June 26), at 7pm, (Eastern standard time).
Feeling a bit deflated. (Flat Earth Balloon)
Acrylic on kiln fired ceramic
14 x 3 x 5cm

In other news, here's a little interview I did last week for Cement Fondu Gallery

Thanks so much for reading, hope you have a nice rest of the week!

Kenny Pittock



What do you do
Drawing, painting, ceramics, cook gnocchi

How would you describe what you create

I like to use words, play and wordplay, to create drawings, murals and ceramic sculpture responses to Australian iconography and celebrate the mundane.

The object you can’t live without
Clay. It's such a slow medium, which sometimes can be a bit frustrating but working with it everyday can be a bit like meditation.

Favourite art purchase

A painting of a bus seat by Lisa Radford, a portrait by Tom Polo, an abstract ceramic sculpture by Lynda Draper and a small sculpture by Abdul-Rahman Abdullah. 

Those four artists are all friends and mentors to me so they feel particularly special. All four were acquired through art swaps, so I feel very flattered that they each have a piece of my work as well.

A period in time you identify with most
A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away. Well, either that or right now in 2020.

Listening to while you work…
Usually podcasts or music, although this last week I've been listening to the audio book of 'Growing up Aboriginal in Australia', a great collection of nonfiction stories. 


Schitt's Creek. I wasn't really expecting to like it when my Mum recommended it to me, but I actually fell in love with this Netflix series. It has so much heart and is laugh out loud funny.

influenced by…

Tracey Moffatt's photographic series from 1994 called 'Scarred for Life'. This series of works showed me how to combine image with text in a way where they both are enhanced by each other. It also combines narrative storytelling, humour, darkness and mundanity in a way that's been a big influence on me. 

describe your work in 3 words…

playful, poignant, painstaking 

Favourite gallery gift shop. 

I really love the Ken Done gallery gift shop, because it feels like such a natural extension of the Ken Done gallery. I also love being in that gift shop because when I’m in there it means I’m in Sydney and I love being in Sydney.

What’s next…
I'm currently working on a series of ceramic sculptures for the Melbourne Town Hall, and in July will be painting a piece of public art for the Royal Children's Hospital. 
Also a few group shows coming up later this year that I'm excited about.

(Drawing of Moira Rose, from the Netflix series Schitt's Creek.
Acrylic on paper. 21 x 21cm. 2020

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