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Kevin Coates

Kevin Coates makes precious objects and jewelry. His pieces are "little treasures" which can be worn or displayed to equal advantage. He is known for his extraordinary technical virtuosity and his symbolic imagery, which is drawn from mythology, folklore, music and mathematics.

Statement

Kevin CoatesI approach all my output with what I see as the spirit of the jewel, whether it is to be worn, to be held and used, or placed on a table. It is the mental approach of the Goldsmith, one catholic in technique, and omnivorous of material. The opportunity and ability to work through the deep treasury of precious gems, minerals, and metals is an enormous privilege, and, at times, a true confrontation with 'prima materia' - with the very elements of Creation. This extensive 'palette of absolutes' is something to which I am constantly drawn, to express the ideas that continue to haunt the different stratas of my mind: a search for the music within the silence, the movement within the stillness, and the eternal moment within the relentless dynamic of time. It is always a pursuit of the metaphor which will first 'connect', then enshrine, the meaning to provoke that essential journey of response in others - and like that of the alchemist, it is a quest for the transcendental, one where the Stone's achievement lies in the ensoulment of the object itself.

Quotes:

"Coates is Britain's leading artist-goldsmith, with a renaissance imagination and an ingenuity to match" The TIMES

"At every level, Coates is a master of the imagination, and can balance the proverbial angels on the head of a pin" The International Herald Tribune

"His work seems to belong to the world of the "Wunderkammer". There is little doubt that Coates will be deemed one of the most remarkable jewellers-cum-goldsmiths to have emerged at the end of the 20th century" Financial Times

"There is no-one in England to compare with his genius" CRAFTS

"A perfectly executed mix of artistic skill and interpretation to be seen to be believed" The SUNDAY TIMES

"Kevin Coates is Britain's LEONARDO" HARPER'S & QUEEN

We are fortunate to have several magnificent works from Kevin Coates that were recently shown in the Wallace Collection for the exhibition "Time Regained: Works by Artist Goldsmith Kevin Coates". Below is a beautiful video by his wife Nel Romano showing Kevin at work, produced for the exhibition.

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Catalogs Available at Mobilia Gallery

Kevin Coates: A Notebook of Pins

Kevin Coates
A Notebook of Pins
(Exhibition Catalogue)
Soft Cover
48 Pages
Published by Mobilia Gallery
2007


 

 

 

 

 

 

Kevin Coates: An Alphabet of Rings

Kevin Coates
An Alphabet of Rings
(Exhibition Catalog)
Soft Cover, Spiral Bound
17 Pages
Published by Mobilia Gallery
2005

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Selected Collections and Commisions

Ayrton Metals Platinum Collection, London - Brooch 'Selene'

The British Museum, London - Mozart Medal; Monahan medal

The British Society for the History of Pharmacy, London - Presidential Badge

Datsun House, Worthing - 'Ikaros' Sculpture

De Beers Diamond Stakes - Trophy for Ascot

The Dominican Republic, H.E. Ambassador - Loving Cup and numerous jewels

The Goldsmiths' Company, London - The Amity Cup; Tree of Knowledge centre-piece; various CourtCups; medals; and jewels including 'Oologos' brooch, 'Lazarus' ring, and most recently The Charter Bell

H.R.H. Prince Faisal al Saud

H.R.H. Prince of Wales

Koch Collection, Geneva - Ring 'Hare and Tortoise'

Leeds Castle - 'The Maze Centre-piece' (Memorial to Peter Wilson)

Sydney & Frances Lewis Collection, Richmond, Virginia - various jewels

Lichfield Cathedral - The St. Chad Cup

National Museums of Scotland 'Entry of the Queen of the Night' Tiara

Nissan Corporation, Tokyo - 'Torus' Sculpture

No. 10 Downing Street - St. George Centre-piece (The Silver Trust)

Royal Ballet School - Choreographic Prize medal

Royal Museum, Edinburgh - Brooch 'Waiting for Joan'

Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence - Brooch 'Frog Labyrinth'

Victoria & Albert Museum - The Carrington Cup; various jewels including Brooch 'Athene Noctua'; Brooch 'Seraph'; Ring 'Caliban' and relevant drawings

Museum of Fine Arts - Boston

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