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Drawings in Gold - Lesley Craze Gallery

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

AN EXHIBITION of contemporary jewellery by Wendy Ramshaw (CBE RDI), Drawings in Gold, is on display at the Lesley Craze Gallery until November 29, 2008.

In the course of her incredible 40 year career, Ramshaw has consistently challenged her interpretation of jewellery, from her early folded paper work to her iconic “ring sets”. She has experimented with different media, including ceramics, enamel and glass, as well as moving into larger scale work in public art. In 1999, this recent and bold departure earned her the title of ‘Royal Designer for Industry’ (RDI).

Drawings in Gold is a collection of over 30 works created between 2006 and 2008. These new jewels are restrained, three dimensional “drawings” that use richly coloured matt gold to express subtle purity of form. The gallery is showing the collection together with Ramshaw’s original pencil drawings, allowing us to comprehend something of the artist’s thought processes from conception to the emergence of the final, three dimensional jewels.

Drawings in Gold is described as a beautiful, contemplative and uplifting collection of new work by one of the foremost and supremely gifted artists of our time.

For her services to art, Ramshaw received an OBE (1993) and CBE (2003). She designed and made on behalf of the new millennium experience company the gold medal presented to H.M. Queen Elizabeth II on December 31, 1999, to celebrate the new millennium.

Drawings in Gold was presented at the Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool from September 20 to November 9, 2008. The limited addition catalogue was published By Hipotesi, Barcelona and is available to purchase for £20. The gallery has a limited number of signed copies.

All works are for sale.

The gallery’s permanent collections of jewellery and metalwork by over one hundred international artists are also on display.

Lesley Craze Gallery, 33 – 35a Clerkenwell Green, London, EC1R 0DU

Tel: 020 7608 0393