Randall Au / Flying Cup Clay -short Biography/ Resume
Born and raised in the beautiful Hawaiian Island of Oahu, artist Randy Au came to Southern California for the good weather and to pursue a fine art career. Studies include Biola University with Grant Logan and California State Fullerton with Jerry Rothman and John Stokesbury where he earned a B.A. in Fine Art. He established the Flying Cup Clay studio in 1987 and became a fulltime studio artist in 1992. He presently splits his time between the studio; being the ceramics instructor and Assistant Director of the Visual Arts Conservatory at the Orange County School of the Arts in Santa Ana, California since 2002; and other various teaching and workshop opportunities. Continue reading Resume: Randy Au, ceramic artist→
Most of my current work investigates the spiritual side of life. Ideas of duality and the resulting illusions caused by our concepts of duality is what I am striving to understand as well as our desire to achieve a balance in this world between positive and negative, light and dark, good and evil. I feel that my artwork is a loose allusion to an inner geography and I try to emphasis both the positive and negative aspects of my search for some spirituality in this life. The ritual of creating something is one thing that I love about making art, locating, sorting, classifying, research, deconstructing, constructing, It’s a mental, spiritual and physical process that helps create order for me. The breaking down of the theme or idea visually, and metaphorically, juxtaposing, manipulating and linking together objects and images that for me have symbolic power and emotion allowing me to investigate, condense and articulate an idea that eventually gets infused into an assemblage sculpture.
I’m a surreal fine art photographer that specializes in combining travel photos to create photomontages. I once sat on a plane for 27 hours to explore the hot jungles of Africa and capture photos of lions and giraffes for my work. My goal is to create the most unique photomontages by combining images from around the world.
I’ve traveled to over 23 countries to collect photos and find inspiration. I’ve found gratefulness for life and strong craving for art.
This craving has also driven me to create my own art. Each experience strengthens my resolve to travel and enjoy artistic inspiration.