Forty years of the legendary artist and sculptor Daniel Brush's sublime work with jewels.
A unique figure in the world of contemporary art, Daniel Brush is in equal measure artist and craftsman. Over the course of forty years, Brush has created an unparalleled body of work, whose scope ranges from large-scale abstract drawings to sculptures in steel, aluminum, and gold.
Collected here are more than 150 objects that bring to the fore Brush's astonishing work with jewels. Far from the products of the world of commercial jewelry, these are jewel-encrusted objects of virtue and fantasy that reflect not just the artist's rigorous personal aesthetic and mastery of technique, but his lifelong fascinations with philosophy and Asian thought, and his exhaustive knowledge of the history of precious stones.
With photography made of the objects in situ inside Brush's studio in New York City, this book presents not only a catalog of his jewel work to date, but also an ethereal portrait of the artist himself. Housed in a slipcase, with photographs by Takaaki Matsumoto and an illuminating text by Vivienne Becker, this is an intimate study of the work of a master artist and a beautiful object in itself.
About the Author
DANIEL BRUSH is an artist, jeweler, and metalsmith whose work exists in and between the worlds of fine art and master craftsmanship. His work is in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and has been exhibited by the Smithsonian Institute, the Museum of Art and Design, Phillips de Pury, Christies, and L'École des Arts Joailliers in Paris. He lives and works in New York City.
VIVIENNE BECKER is an award-winning jewelry writer, historian, journalist, broadcaster and author of many books on the history of jewelry design. She lives and works in London.
NICOLAS BOS is a writer and curator of jewelry and CEO at Van Cleef & Arpels.
"A self-described recluse, Brush is a goldsmith who also works with steel and aluminum, a painter, sculptor, poet and polymath, as well as an inveterate notebook keeper. And it is the addition of so many pages of those notebooks, along with hundreds of striking photographs of his work, that make this book so stunning, thought provoking and evocative." —THEADVENTURINE.COM
"Somewhere between sculpture and jewelry, the artist’s creations act as a vehicle for Brush to contemplate philosophy, existentialism, and Asian thought. Whether through treasured gemstones like amber–which holds significance in Indian myth and ritual–or the shape of a circle–a universal symbol of eternity–Brush imbues his creations with a sense of spirituality that borders on talismanic." —CR FASHION BOOK.COM
"The focus of the book is jewelry, but it is also a portrait of Brush and the creative journey that is his life." —LINKED IN