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Donna Brennan

Published: 01.03.2020
Donna Brennan. Brooch: Hortus Conclusus, 2018. Lucite, Blackened 925 Silver, Opal.. 50 x 4 x 50 cm. Photo by: Richard Valencia. From series: Hortus Conclusus. 
. Selected at Schmuck 2020. Donna Brennan
Brooch: Hortus Conclusus, 2018
Lucite, Blackened 925 Silver, Opal.
50 x 4 x 50 cm
Photo by: Richard Valencia
From series: Hortus Conclusus

Selected at Schmuck 2020

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Donna Brennan. Brooch: Hortus Conclusus, 2018. Lucite, Blackened 925 Silver, Opal.. 50 x 4 x 50 cm. Photo by: Richard Valencia. From series: Hortus Conclusus. Giclee Print on Hahnemuhle German Etching 310gsm mounted with Dye Sublimation Print on Aluminium.
. Selected at Schmuck 2020. Donna Brennan
Brooch: Hortus Conclusus, 2018
Lucite, Blackened 925 Silver, Opal.
50 x 4 x 50 cm
Photo by: Richard Valencia
From series: Hortus Conclusus

Giclee Print on Hahnemuhle German Etching 310gsm mounted with Dye Sublimation Print on Aluminium.

Selected at Schmuck 2020

© By the author. Read Klimt02.net Copyright.
Donna Brennan. Brooch: Hortus Conclusus, 2018. Lucite, Blackened 925 Silver, Opal.. 50 x 4 x 50 cm. Photo by: Richard Valencia. From series: Hortus Conclusus. Giclee Print on Hahnemuhle German Etching 310gsm mounted with Dye Sublimation Print on Aluminium.
. Detail view
. Selected at Schmuck 2020. Donna Brennan
Brooch: Hortus Conclusus, 2018
Lucite, Blackened 925 Silver, Opal.
50 x 4 x 50 cm
Photo by: Richard Valencia
From series: Hortus Conclusus

Giclee Print on Hahnemuhle German Etching 310gsm mounted with Dye Sublimation Print on Aluminium.
Detail view

Selected at Schmuck 2020

© By the author. Read Klimt02.net Copyright.
Donna Brennan. Brooch: Hortus Conclusus, 2018. Lucite, 925 Blackened Silver, Minerals.. Photo by: Richard Valencia. From series: Hortus Conclusus. 
. Selected at Schmuck 2020. Donna Brennan
Brooch: Hortus Conclusus, 2018
Lucite, 925 Blackened Silver, Minerals.
Photo by: Richard Valencia
From series: Hortus Conclusus

Selected at Schmuck 2020

© By the author. Read Klimt02.net Copyright.
Donna Brennan. Brooch: Hortus Conclusus, 2018. Lucite, 925 Blackened Silver, Minerals.. Photo by: Richard Valencia. From series: Hortus Conclusus. Dye Sublimation Print mounted on Giclee Print on Hahnemuhle German Etching 310gsm with Brooch.
. Selected at Schmuck 2020. Donna Brennan
Brooch: Hortus Conclusus, 2018
Lucite, 925 Blackened Silver, Minerals.
Photo by: Richard Valencia
From series: Hortus Conclusus

Dye Sublimation Print mounted on Giclee Print on Hahnemuhle German Etching 310gsm with Brooch.

Selected at Schmuck 2020

© By the author. Read Klimt02.net Copyright.
Donna Brennan. Brooch: Hortus Conclusus, 2018. Lucite, 925 Blackened Silver, Minerals.. Photo by: Richard Valencia. From series: Hortus Conclusus. Dye Sublimation Print mounted on Giclee Print on Hahnemuhle German Etching 310gsm with Brooch.
. Detail view
. Selected at Schmuck 2020. Donna Brennan
Brooch: Hortus Conclusus, 2018
Lucite, 925 Blackened Silver, Minerals.
Photo by: Richard Valencia
From series: Hortus Conclusus

Dye Sublimation Print mounted on Giclee Print on Hahnemuhle German Etching 310gsm with Brooch.
Detail view

Selected at Schmuck 2020

© By the author. Read Klimt02.net Copyright.
Donna Brennan. Brooch: Hortus Conclusus, 2018. Lucite, 925 Blackened Silver, Opals.. 50 x 4 x 50 cm. Photo by: Richard Valencia. From series: Hortus Conclusus. Donna Brennan
Brooch: Hortus Conclusus, 2018
Lucite, 925 Blackened Silver, Opals.
50 x 4 x 50 cm
Photo by: Richard Valencia
From series: Hortus Conclusus
© By the author. Read Klimt02.net Copyright.
Donna Brennan. Brooch: Hortus Conclusus, 2018. Lucite, 925 Blackened Silver, Opals.. 50 x 4 x 50 cm. Photo by: Richard Valencia. From series: Hortus Conclusus. Giclee Print on Hahnemuhle German Etching 310 gr mounted with Dye Sublimation Print on Aluminium with Faceted Lucite, Blackened 925 Silver and Opal.. Donna Brennan
Brooch: Hortus Conclusus, 2018
Lucite, 925 Blackened Silver, Opals.
50 x 4 x 50 cm
Photo by: Richard Valencia
From series: Hortus Conclusus

Giclee Print on Hahnemuhle German Etching 310 gr mounted with Dye Sublimation Print on Aluminium with Faceted Lucite, Blackened 925 Silver and Opal.

© By the author. Read Klimt02.net Copyright.
Donna Brennan. Brooch: Hortus Conclusus, 2018. Lucite, 925 Blackened Silver, Opals.. 50 x 4 x 50 cm. Photo by: Richard Valencia. From series: Hortus Conclusus. Giclee Print on Hahnemuhle German Etching 310 gr mounted with Dye Sublimation Print on Aluminium with Faceted Lucite, Blackened 925 Silver and Opal.
. 
. Detail view. Donna Brennan
Brooch: Hortus Conclusus, 2018
Lucite, 925 Blackened Silver, Opals.
50 x 4 x 50 cm
Photo by: Richard Valencia
From series: Hortus Conclusus

Giclee Print on Hahnemuhle German Etching 310 gr mounted with Dye Sublimation Print on Aluminium with Faceted Lucite, Blackened 925 Silver and Opal.
Detail view

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Donna Brennan. Brooch: Hortus Conclusus, 2018. Dye Sublimation Print on Aluminium with Faceted Lucite, Blackened 925 Silver, Opal.. 50 x 4 x 50 cm. Photo by: Richard Valencia. From series: Hortus Conclusus. Donna Brennan
Brooch: Hortus Conclusus, 2018
Dye Sublimation Print on Aluminium with Faceted Lucite, Blackened 925 Silver, Opal.
50 x 4 x 50 cm
Photo by: Richard Valencia
From series: Hortus Conclusus
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Donna Brennan. Brooch: Hortus Conclusus, 2018. Dye Sublimation Print on Aluminium with Faceted Lucite, Blackened 925 Silver, Opal.. 50 x 4 x 50 cm. Photo by: Richard Valencia. From series: Hortus Conclusus. Giclee Print on Hahnemuhle German Etching 310 gr mounted with Dye Sublimation Print on Aluminium.. Donna Brennan
Brooch: Hortus Conclusus, 2018
Dye Sublimation Print on Aluminium with Faceted Lucite, Blackened 925 Silver, Opal.
50 x 4 x 50 cm
Photo by: Richard Valencia
From series: Hortus Conclusus

Giclee Print on Hahnemuhle German Etching 310 gr mounted with Dye Sublimation Print on Aluminium.

© By the author. Read Klimt02.net Copyright.
Donna Brennan. Brooch: Hortus Conclusus, 2018. Dye Sublimation Print on Aluminium with Faceted Lucite, Blackened 925 Silver, Opal.. 50 x 4 x 50 cm. Photo by: Richard Valencia. From series: Hortus Conclusus. Giclee Print on Hahnemuhle German Etching 310 gr mounted with Dye Sublimation Print on Aluminium.
. 
. Detail view. Donna Brennan
Brooch: Hortus Conclusus, 2018
Dye Sublimation Print on Aluminium with Faceted Lucite, Blackened 925 Silver, Opal.
50 x 4 x 50 cm
Photo by: Richard Valencia
From series: Hortus Conclusus

Giclee Print on Hahnemuhle German Etching 310 gr mounted with Dye Sublimation Print on Aluminium.
Detail view

© By the author. Read Klimt02.net Copyright.
Donna Brennan. Brooch: Hortus Conclusus, 2018. Lucite, Blackened 925 Silver, Watermelon Tourmaline, Black Diamond Shards.. 50 x 4 x 50 cm. Photo by: Richard Valencia. Donna Brennan
Brooch: Hortus Conclusus, 2018
Lucite, Blackened 925 Silver, Watermelon Tourmaline, Black Diamond Shards.
50 x 4 x 50 cm
Photo by: Richard Valencia
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Donna Brennan. Brooch: Hortus Conclusus, 2018. Lucite, Blackened 925 Silver, Watermelon Tourmaline, Black Diamond Shards.. 50 x 4 x 50 cm. Photo by: Richard Valencia. Giclee Print on Hahnemuhle German Etching 310gsm mounted with Dye Sublimation Print on Aluminium.. Donna Brennan
Brooch: Hortus Conclusus, 2018
Lucite, Blackened 925 Silver, Watermelon Tourmaline, Black Diamond Shards.
50 x 4 x 50 cm
Photo by: Richard Valencia

Giclee Print on Hahnemuhle German Etching 310gsm mounted with Dye Sublimation Print on Aluminium.

© By the author. Read Klimt02.net Copyright.
Donna Brennan. Brooch: Hortus Conclusus, 2018. Lucite, Blackened 925 Silver, Watermelon Tourmaline, Black Diamond Shards.. 50 x 4 x 50 cm. Photo by: Richard Valencia. Giclee Print on Hahnemuhle German Etching 310gsm mounted with Dye Sublimation Print on Aluminium.
. 
. Detail view. Donna Brennan
Brooch: Hortus Conclusus, 2018
Lucite, Blackened 925 Silver, Watermelon Tourmaline, Black Diamond Shards.
50 x 4 x 50 cm
Photo by: Richard Valencia

Giclee Print on Hahnemuhle German Etching 310gsm mounted with Dye Sublimation Print on Aluminium.
Detail view

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Installation Hortus Conclusus at COLLECT, Saatchi Gallery 2018. Photo by Sophie Mutevelian..
Installation Hortus Conclusus at COLLECT, Saatchi Gallery 2018. Photo by Sophie Mutevelian.

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Installation Hortus Conclusus at COLLECT, Saatchi Gallery 2018. Photo by Sophie Mutevelian..
Installation Hortus Conclusus at COLLECT, Saatchi Gallery 2018. Photo by Sophie Mutevelian.

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Donna Brennan with her installation Hortus Conclusus at COLLECT, Saatchi Gallery 2018. Photo by Sophie Mutevelian..
Donna Brennan with her installation Hortus Conclusus at COLLECT, Saatchi Gallery 2018. Photo by Sophie Mutevelian.

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Installation Hortus Conclusus at COLLECT, Saatchi Gallery 2018. Photo by Sophie Mutevelian..
Installation Hortus Conclusus at COLLECT, Saatchi Gallery 2018. Photo by Sophie Mutevelian.

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Intro
Artist Jeweller Donna Brennan was born in Australia and lives & works in London. Initially fine art trained with a focus on photography, she then gained a BA in Fine Art with Distinction from RMIT, Australia. Awarded a DAAD Scholarship for Post-graduate studies in jewellery, Germany from 1992-1995, she also holds an MA with Distinction from the RCA, London in 2010. Solo exhibitions include the Museum of Decorative Art in Dresden, Germany, Jewelers' Werk Washington, and Galerie Marzee, Netherlands, and participating in numerous group exhibitions internationally. Her work sits in the collections of the Stedelijk Museum (SM’s), The Netherlands; the V & A Museum, London; and the Koch Collection in the National Museum, Switzerland, among others. She is the recipient of a prestigious Australia Council Award for the Arts. 

Statement

I am a Fine Art Jeweller who has adopted a cross-disciplinary approach to photography and sculptural jewellery, crafting a narrative from image to object which blurs the dichotomy between Fine Art and Applied Art. The abundance of unique nature surrounding me while growing up in my native Australia has proved to be an instrumental influence in my organic nature / artifice aesthetic, which is intuitively expressed in the botanical like forms in my work.

My recent wearable photographic installation made for COLLECT ‘Open’ 2018, and COLLECT 2019, at the Saatchi Gallery, London, explored the materiality of a 2D image by adding an embellished 3D dimension which has been extracted and crafted - or "borrowed" from the photographic image upon which it is mounted and alludes to "Shakkei, which means 'borrowed landscape".

The extracted images are then laminated with a faceted lucite facade, which acts as a beacon for the interplay of light and imparts a sense of intrigue. Creating a view finder to an inner world, the lucite object creates a microcosm within the macrocosm of the larger image - a "Hortus Conclusus", or an enclosed garden of veritable earthly delights! 
A selection of this work has been selected for the Schmuck 2020 exhibition in Munich.

 

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2020:
Fair  11 Mar 2020 - 15 Mar 2020  Schmuck 2020.
2019:
Exhibition  14 Dec 2019 - 31 Jan 2020  Winter's Tales.
2018:
Exhibition  04 Dec 2018 - 22 Feb 2019  Kaleidoscope.
Award  25 Aug 2018 - 07 Oct 2018  Cominelli Foundation Award 2018.
Exhibition  12 Jun 2018 - 14 Jul 2018  Hortus Conclusus by Donna Brennan.
2017:
2015:
Award  29 Aug 2015 - 04 Oct 2015  Cominelli Foundation Award 2015.
2014:
Award  30 Aug 2014 - 05 Oct 2014  Cominelli Foundation Award 2014.
2013:
Award  31 Aug 2013 - 06 Oct 2013  Cominelli Foundation Award 2013.
Exhibition  08 Jun 2013 - 28 Jun 2013  Donna Brennan: Flower Power.
2012:
Exhibition  01 Sep 2012 - 03 Oct 2012  Cominelli Foundation's: Permanent Collection.
Exhibition  11 May 2012 - 14 May 2012  Galerie Marzee at Collect 2012.
2011:
Exhibition  13 Sep 2011 - 12 Nov 2011  Objects of Status, Power and Adornment.

Publications      View / hide publications

Catalogue:  Schmuck 2020. International Trade Fair (IHM) Munic:  Munich,  2020
Article:  From Burial To Bling: 70,000 Years Of Body Ornament. Patricia Anderson.  2020
Book:  Schmuck 2020 Catalogue. Handwerkskammer für München und Oberbayern:  Munich,  2020
Book:  RINGS of the 20th and 21st Centuries. The Alice and Louis Koch Collection. Chadour-Sampson, BeatrizArnoldsche Art Publishers:  Stuttgart,  2019
Article:  Goldsmiths' Fair 2019 highlights: the best handmade jewellery from under-the-radar designer-makers. Annabel DavidsonTelegraph:  2019
Article:  Donna Brennan Fine Art Jewellery. Jada BrookesThe Bite magazine:  London,  2019
Article:  Jay Osgerby selects 14 designers to create installations for Collect Open Craft Exhibit. Jay OsgerbyDezeen.com:  2018
Catalogue:  COLLECT. Crafts Council:  London,  2018
Catalogue:  Bloomin’ Jewels. Corinne JuliusCAA Gallery:  London,  2017
Magazine:  Craft Arts International. Corinne Julius.  2016
Magazine:  Marzee Magazine #85. Galerie Marzee:  Nijmegen,  2012
Catalogue:  Premio per il gioiello contemporaneo. Fondazione Cominell:  2011
Magazine:  Marzee Magazine #78. Galerie Marzee:  Nijmegen,  2011
Magazine:  Marzee Magazine #71. Galerie Marzee:  Nijmegen,  2010
Book:  The Compendium Finale of Contemporary Jewellery Makers. Darling Publications:  Cologne,  2009
Magazine:  Marzee Magazine #65. Galerie Marzee:  Nijmegen,  2008
Magazine:  Crafts. Crafts Council:  London,  2007
Magazine:  V&A Museum Magazine. V&A Museum:  London,  2007
Magazine:  Schmuck 2000. Rückblick Visionen:  2000
Catalogue:  Asymmetrie und Harmony. Gesellschaft für Goldschmiedekunst:  2000
Magazine:  Schmuck. 1999
Catalogue:  Wie es Euch gefaellt. Donna Brennan:  1999
Magazine:  Kunsthandwerk. 1998
Book:  Farbe aus dem Feuer (Colour from the fire). 1998
Catalogue:  International Enamel. Deutsches Goldschmiedehaus:  Hanau,  1998
Catalogue:  Ways of Being. Sydney,  1998
Book:  Contemporary Jewellery in Australia and New Zealand. 1997
Catalogue:  The Standard Cut. Donna Brennan:  1997
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