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Vilas Silverton


As a child, Vilas loved drawing and being creative, but it was not until his late twenties that he discovered meditation which lead to his increase in confidence to follow his dreams to become an artist, particularly working in ceramics.

MA at Bath Spa University (2012-2014)

Self-employed ceramic artist

2002 Gane Trust Award
2000 Art in Clay Student Award - Highly Commended

Clay, paintings, prints and the use of digital media.

Vilas’s work is based upon and flows from inner life of self-enquiry that encompasses prayer, meditation and service. He concentrates on the spiritual heart, which encourages a simplicity that guides both his life and work.
His main body of work is figurative and narrative pieces.
His recent figurative works are from the series ‘Zen Rogues’ which developed from iPad drawings started in 2011. Inspired by the new digital medium and using an app called ‘Zen Brush’ he drew upon his love of Japanese Brush portraiture especially by the Zen Master Hakuin Ekaku (1686-1768).
Vilas translated his digital portraits into three dimensions. This resulted in a series of small ceramic heads together with 3 larger ones; Rico, Goldy and Big G.

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

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  1. Big G by Vilas Silverton at The Sculpture Park
    £4,320 inc VAT
    Big G is part of a series of works called Zen Rogue Portraits that have grown out of Vilas's interest in the role of figurative art in ritual and worship. Combining his interest in religious statuary, devotional imagery and his own inner practice, he shows alternatives to the accepted western view of what constitutes spirituality. Rather than repeat and reinforce traditional depictions of holiness (for example haloed saints), Vilas has tried to show vulnerable characters whose innate goodness may not be readily apparent. The Zen Rogue characters may be seen as works in progress, ‘saints-in-the-making’ rather than finished, perfected beings. Big G is a homage to a portrait bust of St Gregory the Moor by an unknown German artist The holes in the body suggest that they could be paraded round the streets during religious festivals. Most reliquaries also have holes and openings where people can peer inside hoping to catch a glimpse of something special. Learn More

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