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Henry Armstrong

Sydney Grammar School

Artwork title
Morandi, Gwyn and me
HSC year
Expressive form
Artist’s statement

In my work I have taken a utilitarian approach to ceramics. I wanted to work with clay in a way that harks back to its humble beginnings; its use around tables where family and friends gathered to share food and drink. To convey this I have adopted Gwyn Hanssen Pigott’s ceramic style and Giorgio Morandi’s composition of still life.

Influencing artists: Gwyn Hanssen Pigott, Giorgio Morandi

Collection connections

Discuss how form, arrangement and simplicity are integral to these works by Henry Armstrong and Giorgio Morandi. How do these qualities elevate the importance of the everyday object?

Create an artwork with a monochrome palate. What is the effect of this approach? What elements of your artwork become intensified?