Daniel Brush – An Edifying Journey

In this talk, jewellery historian Vivienne Becker celebrates the extraordinary work of renowned artist, sculptor, poet-goldsmith, Daniel Brush, who died late last year. Charting the course of his career that spanned more than 50 years, she explains the philosophy, thought-provoking ideas and obsessive preoccupations that stimulated his febrile imagination and drove the awe-inspiring techniques that gave voice to his artistry. She follows his exploration of materials, from gold, through steel to aluminium, and his ability to paint with light. Finally, she shows how Brush pushed boundaries, broke barriers, challenged conventions and crossed disciplines with equal passion and perfection – moving seamlessly from large scale paintings, through sculptures and objects to intricate, intimate, storytelling jewels, and discusses the exalted place Daniel Brush occupies in the long history of jewellery.