Work with today’s leading sculptors and painters to make jewellery. Collect and deal in past artist’s works focusing especially on jewellery.
The Gallery opened in May 2003 with an exhibition of Donald Judd Furniture. This was followed by a Ron Arad exhibition which confirmed interest in a new and developing market. The world of design meets function meets furniture meets art; Louisa Guinness identified a growing interest in this and decided to concentrate on inviting artists better known for their skills in the world of painting or sculpture to try their hand at inventing functional objects. Then followed the ‘Minimalist’ exhibition and ‘Garden furniture’ with works by Yves Klein, Rachel Whiteread, Richard Wentworth, Sol LeWitt. For further details see individual pages on exhibitions or artists.
This trend developed further. Having discovered that Picasso, Braque and Calder, to name but a few of the old masters, had made jewellery; Louisa Guinness decided to explore this angle also. She approached Anish Kapoor, Antony Gormley and Sam Taylor Wood and worked with them to realise some wonderful new pieces to bring the exhibition of ‘Past and Present – Jewellery by 20th Century artists’ up to date. This was the beginning of a new era.
Each new work is published in a small edition to the highest standard. Most are handmade in London’s famous Hatton Garden district or the artist’s studio. Handmade leather boxes, some with Perspex lids have been made in order to display the jewellery. The ethos behind the jewellery is that it serves as small sculpture whist it is not being worn, it can sit on a coffee table or in a dressing room as a work of art.
Louisa Guinness uncovered a new market, rich with ancient gems in the homes of some lucky collectors and occasionally appearing at auction and decided this was an area she intended to focus on. Her husband, Ben Brown has taken over dealing with Ron Arad and Louisa Guinness spends her time talking to artists and jewellery makers and creating new works of jewellery to add to her stable. She has established herself as the leading dealer in artist’s jewellery in the world.
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