Wayne Perry is an accomplished Los Angeles based artist, art fabricator, and educator. He maintains a studio practice, where he produces ceramic art, paintings and prints for exhibitions and commissions.
For the past 22 years, Perry has worked on over 50 public art projects throughout Los Angeles and California. As a ceramic tile mural fabricator, he has helped make over 30 large-scale art projects with renowned artists, such as Frank Romero, Kim Abeles, Roberto Gil deMontes, Elsa Flores-Almaraz, Judy Baca, Margaret Garcia, and Sonia Romero. He has been commissioned by The Getty, The Wallis Annenberg Center for The Performing Arts, The Pasadena Playhouse and the California Community Foundation. Perry's technical and artistic mastery in ceramics and sculpture come from studying and working with artist Peter Shire, where he produced pottery, ceramic art and public art for 15 years.
Currently, Perry works as a consultant for the Los Angeles Metro Public Art Program. He maintains and restores the extensive public art collection, as well as supports the fabrication and installation of new art projects throughout Los Angeles county. Additionally, he is a member of The Board of Directors at Self Help Graphics and Art, where he teaches ceramics workshops.
I was born, raised and live in Los Angeles. My story is one of many untold stories of this sprawling, diverse city. My work combines pottery, ceramic sculpture and painting to explore and express the current state of politics, community and personal histories. LA has been called the "creative capital" of the world, but this idea excludes entire communities of artists, artisins, and keepers of tradition. There is conflict between the picture perfect postcard, and our overlooked realities that make up the heart and soul of the city
In my artwork, I combine the geometry of man-made elements with gestural expression and color found in nature.. I often use the style and composition of a tourism post card and fill it with elements of the neighborhood and conflict. I like to work with terra-cotta, a clay typically used for utilitarian purposes (roofing tiles, sewer pipes, bricks) and elevate it to a level usally reserved for porcelaine. In my sculpture, I break boundaries of form and function, making dinnerware into works of art. Taking functional production pottery and rendering them useless by assembling them to tell a story. There seems to be this diconnect between communities of color and their rich cultural traditions of pottery and ceramics. Within the larger context of city life, my work consists of the untold personal stories of struggle, relationships, traditions, uncovering and reconstructing them.