Vienna / Austria
Born in 1941
The feeling that I have created unique pieces of jewellery is, like self-knowledge, not something one can learn – it goes beyond that. My tools are merely a means of achieving self-knowledge.
Just as letters are symbols which are joined together to form sounds and ultimately language which can be communicated to others, I interpret my jewellery objects as signs of an inner instinct, of feelings and ideas which I, myself, have created and which I attempt to impart to others as well. In order to go beyond this attempt to be understood, I need to feel a certain degree of sensitive response on the part of those who are confronted with my work. My language is not codified. I constantly play with my means of expression and create new ones which develop out of impressions throughout my life – out of the way I perceive the present and past. My language – imagery – is formed from observations, reflections and experiences and perhaps also from my longings and desires. Themes and priorities can change in the process. What “concerns” me needs to be transported further, not in words, but by being fixed and made tangible – in pieces of jewellery as enduring signals – to be worn on the body. It is my wish that those who wear my jewellery will grasp my message and transmit my thoughts in my artistic language.
What is relevant and most important to me is the inner, really true value of the material I am using. It should show its true characteristics: a clear, provocative statement without any compromises. Tin is pliable, plastic colourful and gold as strong as steel.
In the most recent years I have been inspired by nature studies, in particular by studies of mountains. This body of work is reflecting the dramatic, constantly changing look of mountain landscapes. For the first brooches from 2013 I used paper and watercolours, since 2015 I am working with iron and industrial enamel.
1955 Began A Traditional Goldsmith Apprenticeship With Anton Heldwein, A Well Known Jeweller In Vienna
1965 Took Charge Of Running The Workshop
1966 Took The Diploma
1967 Went To London And Worked There For Andrew Grima. Was In Charge Of Making A Watch Collection For Omega Which Was Exhibited At Goldsmiths Hall In 1970 And Also Shown In Several Other Countries
1969 Began To Work Free-Lance In London, Started To Experiment With Acrylic In Combination With Gold And Silver
1970 Returned To Vienna And Had His First Exhibition In Salzburg
1971 Made The First Object In Acrylic And Brass
1972 Wall Objects In Acrylic And Aluminum
1974 Took Part In A Steel Symposium; Third Object In Steel And Acrylic
1975 Bought A Farmhouse Near Artstetten In Lower Austria, Restored It And Built His Studio There
1977 Worked On Metal Drawings In Silver And Gold
1979 Furniture Designs In Cooperation With Wiener Damaszierkunst In Vienna (Tables And Screens)
1980 Began To Experiment With Jewellery In Tin And Gold
1985 Opened A Workshop And Gallery In Vienna Together With Three Other Artists, Used For Seminars And As An „Intensivworkshop“
1986 Designed A Fountain Sculpture For The Council Square in Kagran, Vienna
1987 Temporarily Went Back To London Following An Invitation Of The Sir John Cass College Of Art And Started To Work On Forms And Structures In Gold And Silver Inspired By The Building Sites In The City. This Work Is Exhibited In The Victoria And Albert Museum, London | Guest Lecturer At The Royal College Of Art And Epsom College
1988 Returned To Austria
1991 – 1998 Directed The Jewellery Design Workshop, Akademie Graz
1993 Monumental Jewellery Sculpture For The Villa De Bondt, Gent
1999 Initiative Of “Turning – Point“, An Exhibition Of 41 Austrian Jewellery – Artists