united kingdom-based artist barnaby barford has created unique ceramic narrative pieces reflecting today’s society, has been commissioned to produce a series of sculptures at the Laing Art Gallery. The Big Win: A Modern Morality Tale will tell the story of a ‘layabout’ striving to live a celebrity lifestyle who wins the lottery. Charting his rise and fall as his money runs out, the sculptures will explore our insatiable appetite for celebrity culture and living beyond our means. Loosely based on the narrative of ‘A Rake’s Progress’ by 18th century artist William Hogarth as well as the themes inherent within the Laing’s 18th and 19th Century Permanent Collection, Barnaby Barford’s The Big Win also depicts contemporary society’s problems and experiences such as gambling and luxurious living.
the big win’ as the protagonist celebrates his lottery win
he life of luxury had by the protagonist following his lottery win
detailed view of the rake figure surrounded by his lottery winnings at he gambles and spends the gifted funds