Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran wins Australian Ceramic Art Award

By Dylan Rainforth
"Archipelago" (2015) by Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran. Mixed media, dimensions variable.
AUSTRALIA---Sydney artist Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran​ has won the Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Art Award. Held at Shepparton Art Museum, the biennial prize is worth $50,000 and is considered the premier national award for artists working in ceramics. Born in Sri Lanka, Nithiyendran has looked for inspiration in Hindu religious art in its most sexed-up forms: the worship of Shiva as represented by phallic totems is a particular touchstone in his work. [link]
Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran's irreverent work has won a coveted award for ceramic artists. Photo: Supplied