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The Ironclad Beauty of Gigi Mariani

Exhibition  /  OnlineOnly  /  21 Mar 2021  -  21 Apr 2021
Published: 07.04.2021
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Allison is pleased to introduce her newest curation, featuring the works of an artist who has recently joined the Patina family: Esteemed Italian goldsmith Gigi Mariani.

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Gigi Mariani
I have always been fascinated by the infinite potential that metals offer, and the opportunity of transforming their original properties in order to stretch the scope of what can be achieved...
/ Gigi Mariani 

Mariani has enjoyed a successful career in the jewelry arts for over 30 years in Modena, Italy. The artist is well recognized for his dark and distinct works of wearable art. He has exhibited his works across Europe and has won multiple awards, most recently selected for the Herbert Hofmann Award in 2021. His jewelry can be found in notable collections & institutions, including: The Helen Williams Drutt Collection of Modern Jewelry, the Silver Museum or Museo degli Argenti in Florence, Italy, the Olnick Spanu Collection in New York City, among others.

The jewelry artist is a renaissance maker, with a great fondness for painting. In his studio lies a plethora of jewelers’ tools. Yet, strewn across the walls and corners of his space are painted canvases that, at times, instruct what future jewelry will become. Compositions reveal colorful whirls and torrents, scathed in texture and dapples of paint made with a putty knife. One glance at this world informs the artist’s resulting works in wearable art.

He does so for Patina, primarily through the use of niello, a black mixture composed of sulphur, silver, copper and lead. Forms classically composed in 18K yellow gold and silver, often imbued with granulation, are coated with dark, texturized stretches of this deep alloy to comprise one-of-a-kind sculptures for the body.
 
Gigi Mariani. Bracelet: Cracks, 2021. Sterling silver, 18K yellow gold, niello.. 20.32 x 3.15 x 1.73 cm. Photo by: Patina Gallery. Gigi Mariani
Bracelet: Cracks, 2021
Sterling silver, 18K yellow gold, niello.
20.32 x 3.15 x 1.73 cm
Photo by: Patina Gallery
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Gigi Mariani. Brooch: Painting Series, 2021. Sterling silver, 18K yellow gold, niello.. 0.58 x 6.63 cm Ø. Photo by: Patina Gallery. From series: Painting Series. Gigi Mariani
Brooch: Painting Series, 2021
Sterling silver, 18K yellow gold, niello.
0.58 x 6.63 cm Ø
Photo by: Patina Gallery
From series: Painting Series
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Gigi Mariani. Necklace: Painting Series, 2021. Sterling silver, 18K yellow gold, niello.. 57.15 x 6.5 x 0.56 cm. Photo by: Patina Gallery. From series: Painting Series. Gigi Mariani
Necklace: Painting Series, 2021
Sterling silver, 18K yellow gold, niello.
57.15 x 6.5 x 0.56 cm
Photo by: Patina Gallery
From series: Painting Series
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Gigi Mariani. Necklace: Painting Series, 2021. Sterling silver, 18K yellow gold, niello.. 57.15 x 6.5 x 0.56 cm. Photo by: Patina Gallery. From series: Painting Series. Alternative view.. Gigi Mariani
Necklace: Painting Series, 2021
Sterling silver, 18K yellow gold, niello.
57.15 x 6.5 x 0.56 cm
Photo by: Patina Gallery
From series: Painting Series

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Gigi Mariani. Brooch: Galaxy, 2021. Sterling silver, 18K yellow gold, niello.. 2.13 cm x 7 cm Ø. Photo by: Patina Gallery. Gigi Mariani
Brooch: Galaxy, 2021
Sterling silver, 18K yellow gold, niello.
2.13 cm x 7 cm Ø
Photo by: Patina Gallery
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Gigi Mariani. Ring: Mobile Cube, 2021. Sterling silver, 18K yellow gold, niello.. 2.5 x 2.5 cm; Size 10.5 (63.46mm) inside diameter, square shank. Photo by: Patina Gallery. Gigi Mariani
Ring: Mobile Cube, 2021
Sterling silver, 18K yellow gold, niello.
2.5 x 2.5 cm; Size 10.5 (63.46mm) inside diameter, square shank
Photo by: Patina Gallery
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