Gunnedah, New South Wales, Australia born 1954
21 March, 1954
Lismore, New South Wales, Australia
Materials & Technique: woodwork, bowls, Australian white beech (gmelina leichhardtii), lacquer Australian white beech (gmelina leichhardtii): carved, sanded and lacquered
This work shows Grant Vaughan’s characteristic use of sweeping and tight curves, held in check with precisely shaped curled rims and subtle carving into the body of the form. The flawless finish and organic design hint at the forms of natural objects, but it avoids obvious imitation, instead offering an impression of growth in celebration of the unadorned grain of the wood. To find this form in a block of wood requires an experienced eye and hands that can articulate a disciplined reductive process. Vaughan’s experience and knowledge of the properties and performance of his chosen material allows him to predict how it will perform both in the shape he plans and after it leaves his control, exposed and responsive again to the natural elements.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra