Jewellery maker Paul Derrez designed his first pieces in 1975, while interning as part of his goldsmith training at the Schoonhoven Vocational School in the Netherlands. In 1976, he opened Galerie Ra, and has since produced a large body of jewellery and objects, presented in this book as a virtually complete survey of his work. Colourful, whimsical, and idiosyncratic in form, the objects Derrez creates are a reflection of the craftsman and artist himself.
StatementAs a young designer he made functional jewels that tied in with the aesthetics of the 1970s and 1980s. He came into touch with the Dutch jewellery avant-garde while working as an apprentice at Galerie Sieraad in Amsterdam. The minimalist designs and the use of semifinished materials such as tube, cork and Perspex dovetailed perfectly with his own way of working. Derrez says using non-precious metals offered him more creative freedom, yielding a purer result. He also developed a distinct style through the use of string for graphic solutions, Perspex for colour, aluminium for shine and glamour, and cork for solid shapes. The Wisselring from 1975 marks the powerful beginning of his professional career. The curved metal line only becomes wearable when combined with colourful Perspex. The perfection of the brightness and the excellent choice of materials for this jewel typify Paul Derrez' way of working.
During the nineties, his designs acquired more personal overtones, and his work method was increasingly influenced by social developments. This resulted in pieces that are characterised by their humorous and sometimes provocative nature. The series Risky business (1994) and jewellery like the Pill Roulette-broche (2003) are direct reactions to contemporary phenomena. The most dramatic emotions in his work come together in the pendant Bleeding Heart (1996), with which he expressed his anger and grief over the deaths of friends, due to aids.
Being a great admirer of post-war Danish silverwork, Derrez discovered the artistic potential of silver forging later on in his oeuvre. What began with comical spoons shaped like little ghosts soon developed into larger pieces like bowls, jugs and boxes. By starting from other basic shapes than the round disc and by bending parts of the forged object, he creates new shapes. As in Derrez' other work, the vibrant use of transparent Perspex forms a familiar and vivacious contrast with the solid silver surface in these pieces, which often consist of pairs (two-piece works).
In the past few years, Derrez has been working from themes that unite his jewellery and his silverwork. The Confetti series, for instance, includes silver boxes with colourful lids and necklaces with whirling, multicoloured dots. The theme offered enormous potential, which tempted him to make larger-scaled works in public spaces, also on permanent display in CODA. In 2015, his scintillating Dot brooches were selected for the prestigious international jewellery exhibition Schmuck 2015 in Munich, and they also won him the Herbert Hofmann Prize 2015. The optimistic use of colour, perfect application of materials, and careful construction received high praise from both the spectators and the panel of expert judges. Paul sees the prize as a precious gift, but what makes him even happier is the realisation that a lot of people take great pleasure in wearing and using his jewellery.
Exhibition 05 Jun 2021 - 17 Jul 2021 Rings !.
Exhibition 08 Aug 2020 - 06 Sep 2020 ArtWear.
Exhibition 23 Nov 2019 - 21 Dec 2019 A Dance of Light and Shadow by Réka Fekete.
Exhibition 23 Nov 2019 - 21 Dec 2019 Final Parade.
Exhibition 12 Oct 2019 - 16 Nov 2019 The Nature of Things by Sigurd Bronger in Amsterdam.
Exhibition 31 Aug 2019 - 05 Oct 2019 To the Stars by Frieda Doerfer.
Exhibition 31 Aug 2019 - 05 Oct 2019 CUT by Katrin Feulner.
Exhibition 31 Aug 2019 - 05 Oct 2019 Fabric or Skin? by Elwy Schutten.
Exhibition 29 Jun 2019 - 02 Aug 2019 Policast by Peter Bauhuis.
Exhibition 29 Jun 2019 - 02 Aug 2019 A Jewellery Playbook. ACT 3 by Manon van Kouswijk.
Exhibition 11 May 2019 - 22 Jun 2019 Colour stories by Ela Bauer.
Exhibition 11 May 2019 - 22 Jun 2019 Between one flower picked and the other given... by Thea Tolsma.
Exhibition 23 Mar 2019 - 04 May 2019 Points of View by Karin Herwegh.
Exhibition 23 Mar 2019 - 04 May 2019 Objects by Michael Brennand-Wood.
Exhibition 19 Jan 2019 - 09 Mar 2019 Decomposition Dreams by Jorge Manilla.
Exhibition 17 Nov 2018 - 22 Dec 2018 If You Have Any Questions Please Ask Us by Karl Fritsch and Lisa Walker.
Exhibition 13 Oct 2018 - 14 Nov 2018 The Garden of Heavenly and Earthly Delights by Tanel Veenre.
Exhibition 01 Sep 2018 - 06 Oct 2018 Matter in Perspective by Attai Chen.
Exhibition 01 Sep 2018 - 16 Oct 2018 Point of Equilibrium by Carina Shoshtary.
Exhibition 30 Jun 2018 - 03 Aug 2018 Falter Not Fall at Galerie Ra by Gésine Hackenberg.
Exhibition 30 Jun 2018 - 03 Aug 2018 Musical Textures by Katja Turpeinen.
Exhibition 12 May 2018 - 23 Jun 2018 Eruption by Therese Hilbert.
Exhibition 12 May 2018 - 23 Jun 2018 Erosion by Patricia Domingues.
Exhibition 24 Mar 2018 - 04 May 2018 Plastarelles by Sarah Enoch.
Exhibition 23 Mar 2018 - 04 May 2018 Recolored, a new way of recycling by Jessica den Hartog.
Exhibition 03 Feb 2018 - 17 Mar 2018 Culture and Identity by Elwy Schutten.
Exhibition 03 Feb 2018 - 17 Mar 2018 My Hands by Ammeli Engström.
Exhibition 25 Nov 2017 - 23 Dec 2017 Red by Georg Dobler.
Exhibition 25 Nov 2017 - 23 Dec 2017 Magic by Thanh-Truc Nguyen.
Exhibition 14 Oct 2017 - 18 Nov 2017 Broken by Peter Hoogeboom.
Exhibition 02 Sep 2017 - 07 Oct 2017 Back to the Future in South Korea.
Exhibition 24 Jun 2017 - 04 Aug 2017 Dialogue by Antje Dienstbir.
Exhibition 24 Jun 2017 - 04 Aug 2017 Happy to be here by Réka Fekete.
Exhibition 20 May 2017 - 17 Jun 2017 Connect & Celebrate by Paul Derrez.
Exhibition 20 May 2017 - 17 Jun 2017 Hidden Messages by Thea Tolsma.
Exhibition 08 Apr 2017 - 07 May 2017 0 - 9 by Noon Passama.
Exhibition 18 Feb 2017 - 25 Mar 2017 The Gatherer is King by Nils Hint & Impossible to imagine Jorge Manilla.
Exhibition 17 Dec 2016 - 04 Feb 2017 Up Close and Far Away.
Book presentation 15 Oct 2016 - 15 Oct 2016 Ra Gallery 40 years Cherished.
Exhibition 15 Oct 2016 - 10 Dec 2016 Ra Now.
Exhibition 03 Sep 2016 - 08 Oct 2016 Around and about by Gésine Hackenberg.
Exhibition 03 Sep 2016 - 08 Oct 2016 ANTIDORCAS LL 1601 by Lore Langendries.
Exhibition 02 Jul 2016 - 05 Aug 2016 Crystalline by Floor Mommersteeg.
Exhibition 02 Jul 2016 - 05 Aug 2016 Antenna by Ela Bauer.
Exhibition 14 May 2016 - 25 Jun 2016 body x necklace x intention = base unit by Jasmin Matzakow.
Exhibition 14 May 2016 - 25 Jun 2016 Merging Memories by Karin Herwegh.
Exhibition 26 Mar 2016 - 07 May 2016 Eggs by Frieda Doerfer.
Exhibition 26 Mar 2016 - 07 May 2016 Arbeit by Katrin Feulner.
Exhibition 30 Jan 2016 - 19 Mar 2016 Order of Appearance by Manon van Kouswijk.
Exhibition 12 Dec 2015 - 23 Jan 2016 Chinawear - Remake by Peter Hoogeboom.
Exhibition 17 Oct 2015 - 05 Dec 2015 No Research by Karl Fritsch and Formal Research by Noon Passama.
Exhibition 05 Sep 2015 - 10 Oct 2015 Memory Vessels by Esther Knobel.
Exhibition 05 Sep 2015 - 10 Oct 2015 In Case of Emergency by Yonatan Ward.
Exhibition 30 Jul 2015 - 29 Aug 2015 Fractals by Hilde Foks.
Exhibition 20 Jun 2015 - 25 Jul 2015 Hexagoon by Floor Max.
Exhibition 25 Apr 2015 - 13 Jun 2015 Transition by Réka Fekete.
Exhibition 28 Feb 2015 - 11 Apr 2015 In Between by Sigurd Bronger.
Exhibition 10 Jan 2015 - 21 Feb 2015 Fragmentation and Union by Patrícia Domingues.
Exhibition 10 Jan 2015 - 21 Feb 2015 From the Familiar to the Wonderful by Karin Herwegh.
Exhibition 15 Nov 2014 - 31 Dec 2014 Georg Dobler and Thanh-Truc Nguyen.
Book: Schmuckismus. Arnoldsche Art Publishers: Stuttgart, 2019
Book: Documents on Contemporary Crafts 1-5. Arnoldsche Art Publishers: Stuttgart, 2019
Book: Ra Gallery 40 years Cherished. Derrez, Paul. Galerie Ra: Netherlands, 2016
Book: Sigurd Bronger: Laboratorium Mechanum. Veiteberg, Jorunn; Skeide, Cecilie; Derrez, Paul; Gali, André. Arnoldsche Art Publishers: Stuttgart, 2011
Book: On Jewellery. A Compendium of international contemporary art jewellery. den Besten, Liesbeth. Arnoldsche Art Publishers: Stuttgart, 2011
Book: New Directions in Jewellery. Astfalck, Jivan; Broadhead, Caroline; Derrez, Paul. Black Dog Publishing: London, 2009
Book: Sculpture to Wear. The Jewelry of Marjorie Schick. Rosolowski, Tacey. Arnoldsche: Stuttgart, 2007
Book: Lepels | Spoons. Derrez, Paul. Galerie Ra: Amsterdam, 2002
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