Of Gunai, Yorta Yorta, and Gunditjmara descent, Raymond continues drawing inspiration from the traditional designs of the five major clans of his native Gunaikurnai people, the traditional owners of Gippsland, from the coastal areas to the southern slopes of the Victorian Alps. His ceramics pay homage to the shields made by past generations, particularly those that would have been in existence at the time of First Contact. They are not weaponry against the European settlers. Rather, they bear marks of time and display signs of domestic use.
“Working with clay gives me a direction and helps me focus on something positive,” says Raymond. “Each shield is different to the next. I want each piece to have a personality. I want them to represent the elders and carry the wisdom and knowledge like they do; that’s who my shields represent.”
Raymond’s artwork was included in the survey of contemporary art, Melbourne Now, held at the National Gallery of Victoria in 2014; as well as in Wominjeka: A New Beginning, which traced cultural continuities and explored new modes of creative practice in South Eastern Aboriginal art and cultures, and which toured Victorian regional galleries 2015-2017.
Raymond won the Victorian Indigenous Art Award for three-dimensional works at the Ballarat Art Gallery in 2015. His works have been acquired by the National Gallery of Victoria, Shepparton Art Gallery, and the Koorie Heritage Trust, as well as corporate and notable private collections across Australia.
All About Country, Metro Gallery, Melbourne
Battle Lines, Nanda Hobbs, Sydney
Keeping Culture Alive, Metro Gallery, Melbourne
Selected Group Exhibitions
Dhumbadha Munga, Alliance Francaise Gallery, St Kilda
Wominjeka: A New Beginning, Burrinja Cultural Centre (10 Dec - 12 Feb); Wangaratta Art Gallery (22 Apr - 28 May); Horsham Regional Art Gallery (7 Jun - 6 Aug);
The Indigenous Ceramic Art Award, Shepparton Art Museum;
Yannae Wirrate Weelam – The Journey Home, Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Melbourne Museum
Wominjeka: A New Beginning, East Gippsland Art Gallery (19 May - 18 Jun), Mildura Arts Centre (11 Aug - 16 Oct) Dhumbadha Munga – Talking Knowledge, Alliance Francaise Gallery, St Kilda
Confined 7, St Kilda Town Hall Gallery Koorie Art Show, Koorie Heritage Trust, Melbourne
Confined 6, St Kilda Town Hall Gallery
From the Ground Up: Victorian Indigenous Art Award, Ballarat Art Gallery (winner);
Wominjeka: A New Beginning, Koorie Heritage Trust, Melbourne (19 Sep - 22 Nov)
Confined 5, St Kilda Town Hall Gallery Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Winner, Victorian Indigenous Art Award for three-dimensional works, Ballarat Art Gallery
National Gallery of Victoria
Koorie Heritage Trust
Shepparton Art Museum
Walnut Enterprises collection
Corporate and Private Collections in Australia and abroad