Roger Law was the artist and energy behind Britain’s legendary satirical puppet show Spitting Image before he deported himself to Australia to explore his remaining artistic talent.
Roger Law used to be famous. He was the artist and energy behind Britain’s legendary satirical puppet show Spitting Image. After 13 years of lampooning politicians, he escaped notoriety to hide out in Australia where he found artistic delight in wildlife as surreal as anything he’d created for Spitting Image – the seahorses of Bondi and long-necked turtles and crocodiles of Kakadu. Aged in his 60's, he returned to his teenage art-school passion for ceramics and attempted to create decorative pots teeming with sealife. After a timely meeting with Chinese-Australian ceramicist Ah Xian he found the carvers and pottery workshops of Jingdezhen, a whole city famously devoted to making porcelain.
In A Law Unto Himself Roger Law tells his story with wit and wisdom: from the exhaustion of Spitting Image, through the burn-out, to Sydney, to China and to the preparation for a major exhibition of his ceramics at London's revered Victoria & Albert Museum.