Andrew Lavery completed a Bachelor of Arts with first class Honours and graduated with a Master of Arts by research in the faculty of Art and Design from Monash University (Melbourne). He is currently Lecturer and Chair of the Glass Studio at Sydney College of the Arts (Sydney).
His recent work explores Australian urban culture through an interrogation of everyday urban scenes and objects. The intentions of these works are varied, with some drawing attention to the role of memory in our perception of popular urban objects whilst other themes poke fun at idealism and popular culture in Australia. This is achieved through abstracting existing/readymade glass forms or by presenting an object in glass that is normally constructed from another, thus altering one’s perception of the object and the order in which the viewer assigns meaning to it.
Andrew Lavery regularly collaborates with artists and designers, recently producing a number of glass objects for Janet Laurence’s work Cellular Gardens, a work commissioned by the MCA. His leadership has been recognised through numerous invitations to demonstrate, adjudicate/judge, lecture and exhibit at national exhibitions, conferences and universities.
Andrew Lavery’s work can be found in numerous public and private collections including those of Artbank, The National Art Glass Collection, Wagga Wagga Regional Gallery and Coca-Cola Amatil. Lavery has received a number of significant awards including two Australia Council for the Arts grants and a scholarship to participate in a class at Pilchuck Glass School, Washington (USA). His work has also been included in several books and numerous publications nationally and internationally.