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Helen Britton

Jeweller
Published: 19.07.2016
Helen Britton at her studio Helen Britton at her studio
Place
Perth
AUSTRALIA
Mail:
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Helen Britton. Ring: Untitled, 2014. Silver (925), fine gold 24 ct. Helen Britton
Ring: Untitled, 2014
Silver (925), fine gold 24 ct
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Helen Britton. Brooch: Knife Garden, 2012. Silver (925), steel, vintage glass, diamonds. Helen Britton
Brooch: Knife Garden, 2012
Silver (925), steel, vintage glass, diamonds
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Helen Britton. Ring: Contain (2006) & Ghost Train 2 (2010). Silver (925), diamonds; Silver (925), diamonds, glass,  paint. Helen Britton
Ring: Contain (2006) & Ghost Train 2 (2010)
Silver (925), diamonds; Silver (925), diamonds, glass,  paint
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Helen Britton. Ring: Sharp Green Ring, 2010. Silver (925), diamonds, paint . Helen Britton
Ring: Sharp Green Ring, 2010
Silver (925), diamonds, paint 
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Helen Britton. Earrings: Apollo, 2013. Silver (925), glass, paint. Helen Britton
Earrings: Apollo, 2013
Silver (925), glass, paint
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Helen Britton. Necklace: Garland, 2015. Silver, paint. Helen Britton
Necklace: Garland, 2015
Silver, paint
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Helen Britton. Earrings: Blitz, 2013. Silver (925) - rodium plated, diamonds. Helen Britton
Earrings: Blitz, 2013
Silver (925) - rodium plated, diamonds
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Helen Britton. Bracelet: Flowers & Bones, 2014. Silver (925), paint. Helen Britton
Bracelet: Flowers & Bones, 2014
Silver (925), paint
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Helen Britton. Brooch: Untitled, 2013. Sillver, gold, glass. Helen Britton
Brooch: Untitled, 2013
Sillver, gold, glass
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Helen Britton. Bracelet: Drops Bones, 2014. Silver (925), paint. Helen Britton
Bracelet: Drops Bones, 2014
Silver (925), paint
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From the catalogue Konstruktionslust. Förderpreis für Bildende Kunst 2013
. © Kulturreferat der Landeshauptstadt München, Helen Britton.
From the catalogue Konstruktionslust. Förderpreis für Bildende Kunst 2013
© Kulturreferat der Landeshauptstadt München, Helen Britton

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From the catalogue Konstruktionslust. Förderpreis für Bildende Kunst 2013
© Kulturreferat der Landeshauptstadt München, Helen Britton

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From the catalogue Konstruktionslust. Förderpreis für Bildende Kunst 2013
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Helen Britton. Brooch: Lucky Dick, 2016. 18ct yellow gold. 6 x 4 x 1.5 cm. Photo by: Helen Britton. Helen Britton
Brooch: Lucky Dick, 2016
18ct yellow gold
6 x 4 x 1.5 cm
Photo by: Helen Britton
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Helen Britton. Brooch: The number 13, 2016. 18ct yellow gold. 3 x 2 x 1.5 cm. Photo by: Helen Britton. Helen Britton
Brooch: The number 13, 2016
18ct yellow gold
3 x 2 x 1.5 cm
Photo by: Helen Britton
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Helen Britton. Brooch: Mushroom, 2016. Silver, paint. 9 x 7 x 1.5 cm. Photo by: Helen Britton. Helen Britton
Brooch: Mushroom, 2016
Silver, paint
9 x 7 x 1.5 cm
Photo by: Helen Britton
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Helen Britton. Brooch: Devil, 2016. Silver, paint. 11 x 6 x 1.5 cm. Photo by: Helen Britton. Helen Britton
Brooch: Devil, 2016
Silver, paint
11 x 6 x 1.5 cm
Photo by: Helen Britton
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Helen Britton. Stencil: Scull, 2016. Acrylic, rag paper, tusche. 39 x 53 cm. Photo by: Helen Britton. Helen Britton
Stencil: Scull, 2016
Acrylic, rag paper, tusche
39 x 53 cm
Photo by: Helen Britton
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Helen Britton. Stencil: Knife, 2016. Acrylic, rag paper, tusche. 39 x 53 cm. Photo by: Helen Britton. Helen Britton
Stencil: Knife, 2016
Acrylic, rag paper, tusche
39 x 53 cm
Photo by: Helen Britton
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Helen Britton. Stencil: Penis, 2016. Acrylic, rag paper, tusche. 39 x 53 cm. Photo by: Helen Britton. Helen Britton
Stencil: Penis, 2016
Acrylic, rag paper, tusche
39 x 53 cm
Photo by: Helen Britton
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Helen Britton. Stencil: Chimny Sweep, 2016. Acrylic, rag paper, tusche. 39 x 53 cm. Photo by: Helen Britton. Helen Britton
Stencil: Chimny Sweep, 2016
Acrylic, rag paper, tusche
39 x 53 cm
Photo by: Helen Britton
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Helen Britton. Stencil: Cat, 2016. Acrylic, rag paper, tusche. 39 x 53 cm. Photo by: Helen Britton. Helen Britton
Stencil: Cat, 2016
Acrylic, rag paper, tusche
39 x 53 cm
Photo by: Helen Britton
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Helen Britton. Stencil: Tooth, 2016. Acrylic, rag paper, tusche, gold leaf. 39 x 53 cm. Photo by: Helen Britton. Helen Britton
Stencil: Tooth, 2016
Acrylic, rag paper, tusche, gold leaf
39 x 53 cm
Photo by: Helen Britton
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Helen Britton. Brooch: Knifegarden, 2013. Silver 925, glass, diamonds. 8.4 x 5.6 x 2.3 cm. Helen Britton
Brooch: Knifegarden, 2013
Silver 925, glass, diamonds
8.4 x 5.6 x 2.3 cm
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Intro
Helen Britton completed a Master of Fine Arts by research at Curtin University, Western Australia in 1999, which included guest studies at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich, the Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam, and San Diego State University, California. In 1999 she returned to Munich to complete postgraduate study at the Academy of Fine Arts. In 2002 she established her workshop in Munich with David Bielander and Yutaca Minegishi. Her work is held in the National Gallery of Australia, The Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, The Schmuck Museum Pforzheim, The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Boston Museum of Fine Art, The Metropolitan Museum, New York, The Hermitage, St Petersburg, The Victoria and Albert Museum, London among others. In 2005 Helen was awarded the Herbert Hofmann prize for excellence in contemporary jewellery and in 2006 the state prize of Bavaria for craftsmanship. In March of 2011 Helen Drutt-English launched a new catalogue of Helen Britton’s work in Munich. In 2013 at the invitation of The Neue Sammlung, Munich, an overview of 20 years of Helen’s work was shown as a solo exhibition in the Neues Museum, Nürnberg, Germany. In 2013 Britton was awarded the Förderpreis of the city of Munich, and in 2014 was artist in residence at Villa Bengel in Idar-Oberstein. In 2015 Helen Britton was invited by Ingo Maurer to make a solo exhibition of her “Industrial” series of jewellery and drawings in his showrooms in Munich, and was Artist in Residence at the invitation of Janet Homes a Court at Vasse Felix in Western Australia. In 2017 Helen has been invited by The Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, UWA, Western Australia to make a complete overview of her practice in conjunction with the Festival of Perth.

Statement

What have we got here in this work? Violence, love, riches, sentimentally, humour, wisdom; a friendly companion, a lucky charm, an amulet. Hope. The small and the large refrain. Themes of popular culture, the essence of a pop song in solid form. While the figures themselves draw their shapes from the cheapest trinket, the sentiment that they convey reaches into the deepest abyss. I see in these works all the effort, humour, joy and failure of our existence. They are rough signifiers, visually reduced and emotionally condensed. They are also private icons, some accompanying me from my earliest memories, others invested with my own associations, sifted out of the chaos of possibility through fitting into my hunting pattern. We all live in hope and want luck, more than ever at this point in history.
 
Helen Britton, Munich, 2016.



Along side this, from amongst the blur of daily impressions certain pictures manifest clearly and stop me in my travels, I photograph them regularly, these strong images - the supermarket, the half assembled fair ground, the chunks of roller coaster, the building site, fragmented images from the general debris of high density living. I observe in these places potential to combine materials to form structures and concoctions- this is a real source of wonder, I see this all around me, and it is this transformative process that brings about an intense fascination. That I make jewellery, drawings and paper objects and not fun rides, buildings or gardens is a good thing, because I am building in a way a very private world, that accepts no compromises. The scale of my work allows my full range of fantasies without requiring communication and without leaving a legacy of public monstrosities - instead I leave these modest little machines and landscapes for wearing. My practice is accumulative, experimental and heterogeneous, faithful to my life experience. It is also a conscious dialogue with matter, form and ideas. 

I create in my work collisions of design, Baroque, reduction resistant assemblages. There is a lot of pleasure here, and also a measure of aggression seeking it’s meaning in the present, walking directly out of my lived daily experience. Making jewellery, I play out the tensions and beautiful collisions of my practice in a small complex space. I am happy to think that these little things then find their way back out into the world and into peoples daily lives. I like the idea that they too will become worn and at some point perhaps even discarded, returning to be crunched again through the great geological and chemical machines of the universe, in an act of infinite transformation. These objects are romantic, but also explorative and direct; collisions of elements from the chaos and order of lived experience. 
 

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2016:
Exhibition  04 Nov 2016 - 02 Dec 2016  Reproduced Paradise.
Exhibition  08 Oct 2016 - 13 Nov 2016  Wildstone by Helen Britton.
Exhibition  28 Sep 2016 - 28 Oct 2016  Feeling Lucky. Stencils and Jewellery by Helen Britton.
Exhibition  16 Sep 2016 - 23 Oct 2016  6th Anniversary Exhibition.
Meeting  08 Sep 2016 - 19 Nov 2016  The Verticals 2016.
Exhibition  04 Aug 2016 - 03 Sep 2016  Out of this World.
Exhibition  16 Jul 2016 - 08 Aug 2016  Particle.
Exhibition  30 Jun 2016 - 31 Jul 2016  Jewelry with Glass.
Exhibition  18 May 2016 - 16 Jun 2016  Back home but our hearts and heads in Turnov.
Exhibition  04 May 2016 - 08 May 2016  Sienna Patti at Collective Design Fair 2016.
Exhibition  14 Jan 2016 - 17 Jan 2016  Sienna Patti at FOG Design & Art Fair 2016.
2015:
Exhibition  12 Nov 2015 - 03 Jan 2016  From here and there.
Exhibition  06 Oct 2015 - 31 Oct 2015  20/20: Gallery Funaki 20th Anniversary.
Exhibition  14 Jun 2015 - 11 Oct 2015  In Context by Helen Britton.
Exhibition  09 Jun 2015 - 24 Jul 2015  Devils and Their Friends by Helen Britton.
Exhibition  31 May 2015 - 21 Jun 2015  The Bride, The Groom and The Best Man.
Fair  11 Mar 2015 - 17 Mar 2015  Schmuck 2015.
Exhibition  21 Feb 2015 - 17 Mar 2015  Heller Wahnsinn by Helen Britton.
Exhibition  15 Jan 2015 - 18 Jan 2015  Sienna Patti at FOG Design+Art Fair.
2014:
Meeting  12 Nov 2014 - 12 Nov 2014  Helen Britton to Lecture at Hochschule Trier.
Exhibition  06 Nov 2014 - 24 Dec 2014  Nachgefragt.
2013:
Exhibition  04 Nov 2013 - 15 Nov 2013  Pushing Boundaries & Chasing Challenges.
Exhibition  29 Jun 2013 - 10 Aug 2013  Helen Britton: Heterogene.
Exhibition  11 Jun 2013 - 16 Jun 2013  Galleria Antonella Villanova at Design Miami /Basel.
Meeting  30 May 2013 - 02 Jun 2013  Zimmerhof 2013 Jewellery Symposium: Mind Your Language.
Exhibition  08 May 2013 - 11 May 2013  Sienna Patti Contemporary at Collective.1 Design Fair.
Meeting  07 Mar 2013 - 07 Mar 2013  Helen Britton Lecture: The Things I See.
Fair  06 Mar 2013 - 12 Mar 2013  Schmuck 2013.
Exhibition  07 Feb 2013 - 16 Jun 2013  Helen Britton: The Things I see.
2012:
Exhibition  15 Nov 2012 - 13 Jan 2013  The Beauty Chase.
Exhibition  01 Sep 2012 - 08 Sep 2012  Awkward Beauty.
Exhibition  14 Apr 2012 - 25 May 2012  Helen Britton: Introduction.
Meeting  27 Mar 2012 - 27 Mar 2012  Helen Britton & David Bielander: Confrontations 2012/2.
Fair  14 Mar 2012 - 20 Mar 2012  Schmuck 2012.
Exhibition  07 Feb 2012 - 04 Mar 2012  Jewelism.
2011:
Exhibition  08 Nov 2011 - 03 Dec 2011  Helen Britton: Industrial.
Exhibition  03 Nov 2011 - 22 Dec 2011  KITSCH between ART AND ORNAMENT. 2000-2011.
Exhibition  06 Oct 2011 - 31 Oct 2011  Awkward Beauty.
Exhibition  21 May 2011 - 28 Aug 2011  Schmuck in Ville de Cagnes-sur-Mer.
Exhibition  13 May 2011 - 17 Jul 2011  Mario Pinton International Award: I edition.
Exhibition  08 May 2011 - 08 Jan 2012  The Spirit of Stone.
Exhibition  05 May 2011 - 09 May 2011  Galerie Louise Smit at Collect.
Exhibition  09 Apr 2011 - 15 May 2011  POSITIONS OF CONTEMPORARY JEWELRY ART.
Exhibition  18 Mar 2011 - 18 Mar 2011  Helen Britton: Jewellery life.
Fair  16 Mar 2011 - 22 Mar 2011  Schmuck 2011.
Exhibition  11 Mar 2011 - 21 Apr 2011  Galerie der Preisträger.
2010:
Exhibition  04 Nov 2010 - 16 Jan 2011  Multiples at Gallery S O.
Exhibition  15 Oct 2010 - 15 Jan 2011  Helen Britton & David Bielander: Transplanted.
Exhibition  28 Aug 2010 - 14 Oct 2010  Helen Britton: Wet, Glittering, Dark: Shiny, Pointy, Sharp.
Workshop  29 Jun 2010 - 03 Jul 2010  Helen Britton: Cutting – Punching – Folding.
Exhibition  02 Jun 2010 - 25 Jul 2010  Works of the gallery artists.
Exhibition  22 May 2010 - 06 Jun 2010  PREZIOSA 2010: Dialoghi.
Award  21 May 2010 - 06 Jun 2010  PREZIOSA Young Design Competition 2010.
Fair  14 May 2010 - 17 May 2010  Collect 2010.
Exhibition  08 May 2010 - 22 Aug 2010  Lingam - 121 symbols of fertility.
Exhibition  17 Apr 2010 - 22 May 2010  Art To Go.
Exhibition  17 Jan 2010 - 14 Mar 2010  Lingam.
2009:
Exhibition  12 Dec 2009 - 30 Jan 2010  Sustainable jewellery.
Exhibition  27 Nov 2009 - 31 Dec 2009  Les artistes de la galerie and sculptures by Marc Ricourt.
Exhibition  27 Nov 2009 - 24 Jan 2010  European Prize for Applied Arts.
Exhibition  09 Oct 2009 - 20 Nov 2009  Helen Britton, Dominique Labordery & Marc Ricourt.
Exhibition  03 Oct 2009 - 07 Feb 2010  Sieren met dieren (Adorn with animals).
Exhibition  07 Sep 2009 - 12 Sep 2009  Lingam.
Exhibition  09 May 2009 - 15 Jun 2009  Helen Britton.
Workshop  04 May 2009 - 12 Feb 2010  Academy for Design in the Crafts Munich workshops.
Workshop  01 May 2009 - 31 Jul 2009  Erfurter Stadtgoldschmied.
Exhibition  04 Apr 2009 - 04 May 2009  Ja, ich will! – Partnerringe.
Exhibition  28 Mar 2009 - 07 May 2009  Frühlingserwachen.
Fair  11 Mar 2009 - 17 Mar 2009  Schmuck : The program 2009.
Exhibition  19 Feb 2009 - 28 Mar 2009  Helen Britton: Somewhere else completely.
2008:
Exhibition  29 Nov 2008 - 29 Nov 2008  Joyas à la Carte 08.
Exhibition  11 Nov 2008 - 06 Dec 2008  Helen Britton: The things I see.
Exhibition  19 Sep 2008 - 09 Nov 2008  In Prime Location.
Exhibition  18 Sep 2008 - 11 Oct 2008  Chaos and clean shapes.
Exhibition  15 Aug 2008 - 14 Sep 2008  12th ERFURT Jewellery SYMPOSIUM.
Exhibition  02 Jul 2008 - 15 Aug 2008  222 Days Between Jewelers / 20 Turnov Symposiums & Symposium 08.
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