DETAIL: Toots ZYNSKY 'Pennellata' 2004, 'Filet de Verre' fused and thermoformed colour glass threads
David WATKINS | Palaces of the night

United Kingdom 1940
To Perth, Western Australia 1978-79.
Palaces of the night
bangle 2004
stainless steel
15.0 cm (diameter)
Lent by David Watkins

London, United Kingdom
born Wolverhampton, United Kingdom, 1940


1959  Bachelor of Fine Art (Sculpture), University of Reading

Current related professional work

Professor, Head of Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork & Jewellery, Royal College
of Art, London

Selected solo exhibitions

Wendy Ramshaw–David Watkins (with Wendy Ramshaw), American Institute of Architects’ Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, USA, 1973; (with Wendy Ramshaw), British Craft Centre, London, 1973; (with Wendy Ramshaw), Electrum Gallery, London, 1973; (with Wendy Ramshaw), Goldsmiths’ Hall, London, 1973; New jewellery, Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, 1974; Recent acrylic jewellery and body forms, Waterloo Place Gallery, London, 1975; Jewellery and jewellery projects, Oxford Gallery, 1976; Bodyline: superstructure, Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, 1977; (with Wendy Ramshaw), National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, 1978; Electrum Gallery, London, 1979; (with Wendy Ramshaw), Galerie am Graben, Vienna, Austria, 1980; Improvisations, Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, 1981; Improvisations, Electrum Gallery, London, 1981; Helen Drutt Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, USA, 1982; David Watkins: jewellery and sculpture, Crafts Council Gallery, London, 1985; Ramshaw/Watkins, Schmuck/Jewellery (with Wendy Ramshaw), Deutsches Goldschmiedehaus, Hanau, Germany, and touring, 1987; Jewellery and sculpture, Galerie Nouvelles Images, The Hague, the Netherlands, 1987; David Watkins: Joies, Espai Positura, Barcelona, Spain, 1988; Embraced, Galerie Ra, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 1988; Contemporary Applied Arts, London, 1989; Xingu, Helen Drutt Gallery, New York, NY, USA, 1989; A Jóia do Mês (with Wendy Ramshaw), Museu Nacional do Traje, Lisbon, Portugal, 1989; Jewellery strategies, Mikimoto Hall, Tokyo, Japan, 1993; David Watkins, Wendy Ramshaw (with Wendy Ramshaw), Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain, Nice, France, 1993; Schmuck ‘99: Classiker der Moderne, Internationale Handwerksmesse, Munich, Germany, 1999; Galerie Hipotesi, Barcelona, Spain, 2000; Galerie Louise Smit, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 2000; David Watkins: encounters, Blackwell, the Arts and Crafts House, Cumbria, 2003

Selected group exhibitions since 1995

Schmuckkunst der Moderne, Grossbritannien, Landesmuseum, Mainz, Denmark, 1995; The best in contemporary jewellery, Villa De Bondt, Ghent, Belgium, 1995; Hand to hand, Contemporary Applied Arts, London, 1996; Jewellery in our time, Crafts Council Gallery, London, 1996; Objects of our time, Crafts Council Gallery, London, 1996; 25th anniversary show, Electrum Gallery, London, 1996; Subjects 96, Retretti, Helsinki, Finland, 1996; British design, Museum für angewandte Kunst, Cologne, Germany, 1997; Objects of our time, American Craft Museum, New York, NY, USA, 1998; Jewellery moves, Royal Museum, National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, 1998; British gold/Italian gold, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, 1998; Galerie Piltzer, Paris, France, 1999; Three decades, Crafts Council/London Institute, London, 2000; The ego adorned: 20th century artists, Koningin Fabiolazaal, Antwerp, Belgium, 2000; Radiant geometries, American Craft Museum, New York, NY, USA, 2001; The art of jewelry and the artists’ jewels in the 20th century, Museo degli Argenti, Florence, Italy, 2001; Zero karats, American Craft Museum, New York, NY, USA, 2002; European Contemporary Jewellery Triennial, Museum of Seneffe, 2002; BLUR, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 2002; The armory show, New York, NY, USA, 2003, 2004; SOFA, Chicago, IL, USA, 2004; Treasures from the vault, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY, USA, 2004; Collect, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 2004, 2005

Public collections

Australia  Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, SA; Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, WA; Curtin University, Perth, WA; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC; Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, NSW International  Abbot Hall Gallery, Kendal; Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery; Bristol City Art Gallery; City Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent; Cleveland Museum, Middlesborough; The Crafts Advisory Committee, London; Crafts Council, London; Die Neue Sammlung, Munich, Germany; East Midlands Arts, Nottingham; Gallery of English Costume, Manchester; Kunstgewerbe Museum, Berlin, Germany; Kunstindustrimuseet i Oslo, Norway; Leeds City Art Galleries; Municipal van Reekum Museum of Modern Art, Apeldoorn, the Netherlands; Museé des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France; Museum für angewandte Kunst, Cologne, Germany; Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany; Museum het Princessehof, Leeuwarden, the Netherlands; Museum of Arts & Design, New York, NY, USA; Museum of Decorative Arts, Montréal, QC, Canada; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, USA; National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan; National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan; Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseet, Trondheim, Norway; Royal Museum, National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh; Schmuckmuseum, Pforzheim, Germany; Science Museum, London; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, London

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