January 2024, Part 2
There are so many reasons to purchase art jewelry…
- Celebrate that hard-earned promotion
- Honor a once-in-a-lifetime occasion
- Pay tribute to a major accomplishment
- Commemorate the beginning of a new relationship—or the end of one
- Pounce on the perfect piece to round out an aspect of your collection
- Or invest in a treat for yourself—just because
Art Jewelry Forum’s international gallery supporters celebrate and exhibit art jewelry. Our monthly On Offer series allows this extensive network of international galleries to showcase extraordinary pieces personally selected to tempt and inspire you. Take a look. You’re bound to find a fantastic piece you simply can’t live without! (Please contact the gallery directly for inquiries.)
Gallery: Sienna Patti, Lenox, Massachusetts (click the gallery name to link to the website)
Contact: Sienna Patti (click the gallerist’s name for email)
Artist: Leslie Shershow
Retail price: US$1,300
Articulated through a series of shimmery distractions varying in complexity and magnitude, flowing, iridescent strokes suggest sublime wonderment that is both breezy and predictable. Emerging talent Leslie Shershow has invented a way to reflect and mirror undulations of light and color. Worn on the body, this brooch comes alive.
Gallery: Galeria Reverso, Lisbon, Portugal (click the gallery name to link to the website)
Contact: Paula Crespo (click the gallerist’s name for email)
Artist: Jacqueline Ryan
Retail price: €985
These vintage collector’s earrings in anodized aluminum by Jacqueline Ryan have been temporarily released for sale from the artist’s private collection. The structures are very light, their shapes inspired by nature. The colors are bold, full, and vibrant.
Gallery: Mahnaz Collection, New York City (click the gallery name to link to the website)
Contact: Noelle Wiegand (click the name for email)
Artist: Sam Kramer
Retail price: US$2,350
The modernist American jeweler Sam Kramer was inspired by the lexicon of the Surrealists—the works of Salvador Dali and Joan Miro come to mind when looking at this highly original brooch. Made of sterling silver with agate and opals, it can be viewed as abstract or reminiscent of a feathered friend. The New York City-based jeweler prided himself on making jewelry for “people who are slightly mad” and did it with a wonderful sense of humor. You can see it here and in other Kramer pieces in our collection, including earrings and brooches with his iconic taxidermy eyes.
Gallery: Platina Stockholm (click the gallery name to link to the website)
Contact: Sofia Björkman (click the gallerist’s name for email)
Artist: Karin Roy Andersson
Retail price: US$500
Karin Roy Andersson’s new body of work refers to nature in many ways. Trees, plants, and animals give her pleasure, recovery, energy, and perspectives. A handkerchief tree is unusual, with flowers that look like real handkerchiefs, and the maker is lucky to have one in her backyard. The series with reindeer leather began when she collaborated with a Sami woman from north Sweden. The two artists have shared materials, experiences, and sources of inspiration, knowledge, and techniques. A constant search for new materials to recycle challenges and motivates the artist, as does the interplay between her and the qualities of the materials.
Gallery: Zu design, Adelaide, Australia (click the gallery name to link to the website)
Contact: Jane (click the gallerist’s name for email)
Artist: Andrew Welch
Retail price: AUS$1,850 for the pair
There is so much attention to detail in these titanium earrings by Andrew Welch. Welch hand-makes every component, including the butterfly earring backs, and anodizes the titanium sections in vibrant colors. These are earrings to make you smile!
Gallery: Pistachios Contemporary Art Jewelry, Chicago, Illinois (click the gallery name to link to the website)
Contact: The Pistachios Team (click the name for email)
Artist: Eve Balashova
Retail price: US$265
These lengthy, playful earrings are made with 3D-printed nylon, giving them a unique texture. With a great deal of movement and a stunning gradient from fuchsia to rich, deep purple, they are sure to make a statement.
Gallery: Viceversa, Lausanne, Switzerland (click the gallery name to link to the website)
Contact: ilona Schwippel (click the gallerist’s name for email)
Artist: Kiko Gianocca
Retail price: 3’200 CHF
When the Swiss artist Kiko Gianocca received his grandfather’s signet ring bearing the same initials, he couldn’t possibly identify with the object he wore, looked at, and which looked back at him. Following this experience, he heard the question, “Who am I?” This question, which he hears and asks, is the starting point for a wide-ranging series of signet rings, all one-of-a-kind pieces, all individuals.
Gallery: Four Gallery, Gothenburg, Sweden (click the gallery name to link to the website)
Contact: Karin Roy Andersson (click the gallerist’s name for email)
Artist: Jenny Jansson
Retail price: €960
Jewelry art is often characterized by time-consuming craftsmanship, slow creation processes, and details that require one to stop and study the objects closely. This contrasts enormously with contemporary phenomena such as TikTok and Instagram. Short, effective clips of humor, beauty, nastiness, and surprise flow straight into us from our screens like a spring flood of quick kicks. Jenny Jansson’s work deals with how this flow impacts us, whether it is how we can project an almost perfect façade online, or how easy it is to disengage with the world around us and engage in digital escapism.
Gallery: Fingers Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand (click the gallery name to link to the website)
Contact: Lisa Higgins (click the name for email)
Artist: Manon van Kouswijk
Retail price: Each NZ$700
These porcelain clay shapes are from the series titled Iaskedthependantdoyouwanttobeabroochordoyouthinkthebroochpreferstobecomeabracelet? After being hand-shaped and then bisque fired, they are sanded back to create a flat surface like a line drawing that is then colored black with a ceramic pencil, re-fired, glazed, and again fired at high temperature. ”I’m not someone who uses a lot of tools and equipment,” says Manon van Kouswijk. “The restrictions and rules, I think, are also ways of working out what to make and if to make anything at all—defining the working space. (As in, what can I add to everything that’s already been done.) Moving in a limited space means you have to be inventive, consequently everything is possible …”
Gallery: Baltimore Jewelry Center, Baltimore, Maryland (click the gallery name to link to the website)
Contact: J Diamond (click the name for email)
Artist: Jolynn Santiago
Retail price: US$700
This ring was fused in a hand-carved graphite mold. Since the graphite mold disintegrates between each firing, each edition is one-of-a-kind. Jolynn Santiago holds an MFA in metal from SUNY New Paltz and a BFA from Kent State University, and has exhibited work in Schmuck 2023, in Munich, Germany, and at Melting Point Valencia, in Valencia, Spain.
Gallery: Gallery Loupe, Montclair, New Jersey (click the gallery name to link to the website)
Contact: Patti Bleicher (click the gallerist’s name for email)
Artist: Barbara Seidenath
Retail price: US$360
German-born Barbara Seidenath fabricates deceptively complex jewels from precious metals, quartz crystal, and enamel. Geometrically based, the forms often alter as the viewer’s angle of vision changes. She attended the State School for Glass and Jewelry in Neugablonz, Germany, and received her MFA from Academie der Bildenden Künste, Munich, where she studied with master jeweler Hermann Jünger. Seidenath was on the faculty of the Rhode Island School of Design, in Providence, for the past 30 years. She has exhibited at some of the most important museums internationally, including Die Neue Sammlung, Munich; Museum of Art and Design, Helsinki; Museum Het Kruithuis, s’Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands; and Museum of Arts and Design, New York. Her work can be found in the collections of Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts; the Los Angeles County Museum; and the Enamel Arts Foundation, in Los Angeles, CA.
Gallery: Archivio Negroni, Milan, Italy (click the gallery name to link to the website)
Contact: Eliana Negroni (click the gallerist’s name for email)
Artist: Maura Biamonti
Retail price: US$480
Maura Biamonti’s polymers collection has a new entry with this bright yellow and orange artwork, which has the playful and joyful vibes she always wishes to give us to wear.
Gallery: Museum of Craft and Design Museum Store, San Francisco, California (click the gallery name to link to the website)
Contact: Ken Irish (click the name for email)
Artist: Peter Antor
Retail price: US$280
Peter Antor creates sculptural pieces using jewelry as a platform. By combining the spatial and structural qualities of architecture with the intimacy created between jewelry and its wearer, he encourages the viewer to explore and question his work.
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