My work is based upon and flows from my inner life of self enquiry that encompasses prayer, meditation and service. In my practice I concentrate on the spiritual heart, which encourages a simplicity that guides both my life and work.
In recent years, this output has expanded to include paintings, prints and the use of digital media. These developments have enriched my ceramic practice in which I am still drawn towards figurative and narrative pieces.
However, I am still deeply in love with clay. As a material, I am particularly inspired by the infinite number of ways it can be shaped, treated and used. Its limitless potential continues to engage and inspire me.
My recent figurative works are from the series ‘Zen Rogues’ which developed from iPad drawings that I started in 2011. Inspired by the new digital medium and using an app called ‘Zen Brush’ I drew upon my love of Japanese Brush portraiture especially by the Zen Master Hakuin Ekaku (1686-1768).
During my MA at Bath Spa University (2012-2014) I set about translating my digital portraits into three dimensions. This resulted in a series of small ceramic heads together with 3 larger ones; Rico, Goldy and Big G.
Work generally available from:
Enid Lawson Gallery, London
Studio Fusion Gallery, London
Farrington Gallery, Bristol
See Vilas' blog on vilas.org.uk/blog/
2014 Bath Spa University MA Degree Show
2014 ‘Zen Rogues’ at The Sri Chinmoy Centre Gallery, Edinburgh.
2004 - ‘Bloom' at blaze, Bristol. (Solo)
2004 - ‘Ed Silverton' at Prema Arts Centre, Gloucestershire
2004 - ‘Fruits & Flowers' at Rufford Craft Centre, Nottinghamshire
2002-3 ‘Ceramic Contemporaries 4', Touring UK
2002 - ‘The Horse In Art' at Obsidian Art, Stoke Mandeville, Bucks
2001 - ‘Feat Of Clay' at V&A, London
2000 - ‘The Fire Rises Twice' at The Museum of East Asian Art, Bath
1999 - ‘Nipon UK' at V&A, London
2002 Gane Trust Award
2000 Art in Clay Student Award - Highly Commended