Private View: 30th Nov 2017, 6 - 9pm
Opening Dates: 30th Nov - 2nd Jan 2017
Jocelyn Burton is one of the most important gold/silversmiths of the 20th and 21st centuries and is a significant figure in the history of female artists. She became the first female Freeman at the Worshipful Company of Goldsmith in 1974. After reading modern languages at Cambridge, she later chose to train as a silversmith at Sir John Cass College in London. Since that time Jocelyn has created a variety of stunning collections in gold and silver, from wearable jewellery to precious interior designs. She has won several awards for her work, from the De Beers International Award for the design of diamond jewellery in 1967, to the City and Guilds of London Institute Gold Medal – Prince Philip Medal in 2003, demonstrating her exceptional contribution to the industry. Her work is avidly collected and exhibited by the most renowned of patrons and institutions. The V&A, 10 Downing Street, St Paul’s Cathedral, The Royal Family, York Minister and the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge to name a few.
Her collection of exquisite creations entitled Reflections of Summer will now be on display here at the Sunny Art Centre. Jocelyn’s Reflections of Summer exhibition is inspired by nature in its complexity of detail. The items on display show the artist’s pursuit of beauty by reflecting nature through the use of precious and gleaming materials.
As Sir Roy Strong has said, “There's always a twist and madness to her work which makes it belong very much to the present”. Jocelyn takes simple, conventional forms such as a candlestick holder, a bowl, or a spoon and transforms them into objects of beauty, which ignite the curiosity and imagination of the viewer. The meticulous geometry and carefulness of each design and the astonishing attention to detail, makes Jocelyn’s work the ultimate materialisation of the creative genius, in heavenly golds and silvers. To further quote Sir Roy: “Jocelyn Burton is one of life’s originals, an explosive, opinionated, bubbling being, all of which is amply reflected in her work. Everything is very exact and technically perfect. Her drawings for commissions rank as works of art in their own right”.
Jocelyn highlights the charm that can be found in the most unlikely and almost overlooked sources. This delightful, innovative approach clearly demonstrates how skilful, contemporary design can transform everyday objects into luxurious, alluring pieces of art.