Nicole Beck

Published: 10.12.2021


Nicole Beck is born and based in Munich. After an apprenticeship as a goldsmith, she studied at the University of Pforzheim design of jewellery and everyday objects. After her diploma in 2007, she decided to study in the jewellery class at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich with Otto Künzli. Since her diploma in 2014, she is sharing a studio with other jewellery artists in Munich.


At the beginning of my working process, structures and patterns are etched in metal, mainly in copper. Afterwards, I build metal containers, which I mostly inflate by creating a vacuum. This process is very intuitive and the body volume of the metal containers differ from relatively flat to extremely inflated. Thereafter I enamel the hollow bodies and sand the color down again until it´s nearly dissolved. Often this part of the process is done several times by applying new color tones and sanding them off again. This happens repeatedly until the moment of satisfaction is reached.

The constant questioning of the materiality of the metal in combination with the enamel becomes a game to the limit of possible, which fascinates me for a while. The technical challenge in this intuitive process, how far can I inflate the metal and strain the enamel, constantly spreads new stimuli. Due to the technical approach, the finished workpiece is absolutely unique and cannot be repeated.
As a result of my previous works, which are inspired by old family photos, the focus of my current work lays in playing with the surface and the clear reduced external shape of the individual elements. The etched copper as the carrier material also provides colour surprises in the intuitive interplay of the materials and the technical process.

The playful assembly of the built bodies respectively containers resembles the child`s threading of pearls and the playful discovery of three-dimensionality, similar to playing with building blocks. The grabbing and grasping are addressed in the most original form. In our fast-paced society, we are exposed to constant overstimulation and often lose touch with simple and playful things.
When I break away from the absolute perfection of the geometric form at the workbench, the implementation becomes a free and informal playground for various possibilities in surface, color and mindset.


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Exhibition  30 Apr 2022 - 08 May 2022  In Fieri: The Thin Line Between Being Made and Becoming.
Exhibition  09 Mar 2022 - 16 Apr 2022  Gesichter und Porträts.
Exhibition  02 Jun 2020 - 31 Jul 2021  Jewellery Desire.
Exhibition  09 Jun 2019 - 10 Aug 2019  Present – 40 Years of Galerie Marzee.
Exhibition  02 May 2019 - 09 Jun 2019  Playground.
Exhibition  20 Jan 2019 - 27 Mar 2019  Soulmates.
Exhibition  22 Mar 2018 - 27 May 2018  Münchner Förderpeis.
Exhibition  07 Mar 2018 - 13 Mar 2018  Galerie Biró at Frame 2018.
Exhibition  12 Oct 2017 - 17 Jan 2018  Danner Preis.
Exhibition  15 Jan 2017 - 22 Mar 2017  Blown Up.
Exhibition  12 Mar 2015 - 15 Mar 2015  Beloved Strangers.
Fair  11 Mar 2015 - 17 Mar 2015  Schmuck 2015.
Exhibition  18 Oct 2014 - 11 Jan 2015  Danner Preis.
Exhibition  18 Aug 2014 - 30 Oct 2014  International Graduate Show 2014.
Exhibition  12 Mar 2014 - 18 Mar 2014  Sonderschau Schmuck 2014.
Fair  12 Mar 2014 - 18 Mar 2014  Schmuck 2014.
Exhibition  30 Apr 2013 - 23 Jun 2013  REVOLT: Legnica International Jewellery Competition.
Fair  06 Mar 2013 - 12 Mar 2013  Schmuck 2013.
Exhibition  22 Nov 2012 - 22 Dec 2012  Transplanted for granted.
Exhibition  15 Mar 2012 - 18 Mar 2012  Slanted for Granted.
Fair  14 Mar 2012 - 20 Mar 2012  Schmuck 2012.
Exhibition  14 May 2010 - 14 Jul 2010  Power of Copying.

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Magazine:  Soulmates. Gallery MarzeeMarzee Magazin:  Nijmegen, Netherlands,  2019
Book:  Rings OF THE 20TH AND 21ST CENTURY, The Alice and Louis Koch Collection. Beatriz Chadour-SampsonArnoldsche Art Publishers:  2019
ISBN: 978-3897905160
Magazine:  Blown Up. Gallery MarzeeMarzee Magazin:  Nijmegen, Netherlands,  2017
Book:  Danner Preis 2017. Danner StiftungMunich, Germany,  2017
Book:  Jewellery Kampen`s Choice. Kampen, Netherlands,  2016
Book:  Sonderschau Schmuck 2015. Munich, Germany,  2015
Book:  Cominelli Awards 2015. Cisano di San Felice, Italy,  2015
Exhibition catalog:  Sonderschau Schmuck 2015. Munich, Germany,  2015
Magazine:  International Graduate Show 2014. Gallery MarzeeMarzee Magazin:  Nijmegen, Netherlands,  2014
Magazine:  The Home of Jewellery. Munich, Germany,  2014
Book:  Danner Preis 2014. Danner StiftungDeutscher Kunstverlag:  Munich, Germany,  2014
ISBN 10: 3422072799  ISBN 13: 9783422072794
Exhibition catalog:  Sonderschau Schmuck 2014. Munich, Germany,  2014
Exhibition catalog:  Revolt, International silverart competition. Gallery of Art in Legnica:  Legnica, Poland,  2013
Book:  -Push: Jewellery, 30 Artists Explore the Boundaries of Jewelry. Arthur HashLark Crafts:  New York, USA,  2012
Magazine:  L`événement Art 2012. Supplément Au Magazine L`événement:  2012
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Book:  “…et cetera pp.” oder wie man damit anfängt kleine Dinge zu tun. Christina Pauls, Caroline WeissPforzheim, Germany,  2010
Exhibition catalog:  Power of Copying. Qin JianXuzhou Museum of Art:  Xuzhou/China,  2010
Magazine:  International Graduate Show 2007. Gallery Marzee:  Nijmegen, Netherlands,  2007
Marzee Magazin number 57