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Paul Derrez

Jeweller
Published: 08.06.2020
Paul Derrez. Piece: Hamburger Boxes, 2019. Fine silver, silicone.. A set of can.. Photo by: Rob Bohle. Paul Derrez
Piece: Hamburger Boxes, 2019
Fine silver, silicone.
A set of can.

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Paul Derrez. Brooch: Holes, 2017. Acrylic, silver.. Paul Derrez
Brooch: Holes, 2017
Acrylic, silver.
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Paul Derrez. Necklace: Rainbow, 2017. Acrylic.. Paul Derrez
Necklace: Rainbow, 2017
Acrylic.
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Paul Derrez. Necklace: Rainbow, 2017. Acrylic.. Paul Derrez
Necklace: Rainbow, 2017
Acrylic.
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Paul Derrez. Necklace: SunSet Rainbow, 2017. Acrylic.. Paul Derrez
Necklace: SunSet Rainbow, 2017
Acrylic.
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Paul Derrez. Object: Untitled, 2016. Fine silver, perspex. Paul Derrez
Object: Untitled, 2016
Fine silver, perspex
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Paul Derrez. Brooch: Dot, 2014. Acrylic, steel.. Paul Derrez
Brooch: Dot, 2014
Acrylic, steel.
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Paul Derrez. Vessel: Confetti-baskets, 2013. Silver, acrylic. Paul Derrez
Vessel: Confetti-baskets, 2013
Silver, acrylic
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Paul Derrez. Brooch: Pil Roulette, 2003. Aluminium, perspex, silver.. Paul Derrez
Brooch: Pil Roulette, 2003
Aluminium, perspex, silver.
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Paul Derrez. Object: In Gods Name, 2003. Aluminium. Dagger. Paul Derrez
Object: In Gods Name, 2003
Aluminium

Dagger

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Paul Derrez. Necklace: Blue Angel, 1997. Plastic, steel. Paul Derrez
Necklace: Blue Angel, 1997
Plastic, steel
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Paul Derrez. Neckpiece: Circular plastic collar with steel frame, 1983. Plastic, steel. Part of: Collection Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences. Paul Derrez
Neckpiece: Circular plastic collar with steel frame, 1983
Plastic, steel
Part of: Collection Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences
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Paul Derrez. Pin: Horn and Fan Pins, 1979. Silver. Paul Derrez
Pin: Horn and Fan Pins, 1979
Silver
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Paul Derrez. Ring: Wisselring, 1975. Gold, silver, plastic. Paul Derrez
Ring: Wisselring, 1975
Gold, silver, plastic
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Intro
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. 

Statement

As 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).

Confetti
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.

Events      View / hide events

2020:
Exhibition  08 Aug 2020 - 06 Sep 2020  ArtWear.
2019:
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.
2018:
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.
2017:
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.
2016:
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.
2015:
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.
2014:
Exhibition  15 Nov 2014 - 31 Dec 2014  Georg Dobler and Thanh-Truc Nguyen.

Publications      View / hide publications

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, PaulGalerie Ra:  Netherlands,  2016
Book:  Sigurd Bronger: Laboratorium Mechanum. Veiteberg, Jorunn; Skeide, Cecilie; Derrez, Paul; Gali, AndréArnoldsche:  Stuttgart,  2011
Book:  On Jewellery. A Compendium of international contemporary art jewellery. den Besten, LiesbethArnoldsche Art Publishers:  Stuttgart,  2011
Book:  New Directions in Jewellery. Astfalck, Jivan; Broadhead, Caroline; Derrez, PaulBlack Dog Publishing:  London,  2009
Book:  Sculpture to Wear. The Jewelry of Marjorie Schick. Rosolowski, TaceyArnoldsche:  Stuttgart,  2007
Book:  Lepels | Spoons. Derrez, PaulGalerie Ra:  Amsterdam,  2002
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