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Title Artscape: A Law Unto Himself
Published Australia : ABC, 2012
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Description 1 online resource (streaming video file) (27 min. 52 sec.) ; 166329421 bytes
Summary Roger Law was a creator of the highly-successful UK puppet show Spitting Image which ran for 13 years before he deported himself to Australia in 1996 to explore his remaining artistic talent. He underwent a journey of renewal in the bush that ultimately led him to China."If I had stayed in England, I would have been asked to do what I had done for quite a lengthy career even then over and over again. Whereas I knew in Australia, it would maybe, if I worked at it, [be] a whole new start."Aged in his 60s, he returned to his teenage art-school passion for drawing and ceramics. As Artist-in-Residence in the cells of a former jail, now the National Art School in Sydney, he started working in clay. Freed from the burden of notoriety, Law found himself in a place where he could create without the fear of failure.Australia not only gave him that freedom but it also gave him new subject matter with wildlife as surreal as anything he'd created for Spitting Image. He travelled the length and breadth of the country, most often to the north. He was entranced by Kakadu.In the early days, Law wasn't sure where his forays into clay would take him but that changed with a timely meeting with Chinese-Australian ceramicist Ah Xian. He introduced Law to the carvers and pottery workshops of China's Jingdezhen, a whole city famously devoted to making porcelain.PRODUCTION DETAILS:A Law Unto Himself is produced by Carolyn Johnson Films in association with ABC TV. Financed with assistance of Catherine Hunter Productions, Naked Flame Productions, Screen NSW and Screen Australia. Producer: Carolyn Johnson; Director: Catherine Hunter. ABC Executive Producer Arts & Entertainment: Tarni James
Event Broadcast 2012-05-15 at 22:05:00
Notes Classification: PG
Subject Law, Roger.
Art pottery.
Artists -- Interviews.
Puppet television programs.
Spitting image (Television program)
Northern Territory -- Kakadu National Park.
Form Streaming video
Author Amsden, Deirdre, contributor
Law, Roger, contributor
Lewis, Ben, contributor
Lloyd, John, contributor
Ming, Wu Song, contributor
Yentob, Alan, contributor
Zhao, Joey, contributor