Dorothy Erickson
 
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Dorothy Erickson is an Australian artist-jeweller who has been exhibiting internationally since 1979, with over 35 solo exhibitions in Australia and Europe. Dorothy Erickson is a doyenne of Western Australian Jewellery design.

My work has varied considerably over the years but enduring interests are colour, geometry and nature. I have bodies of work that reflect the light and land of Western Australia, others where the focus has been on kinetics in jewellery....
A major twenty-first century collection features precious gemstones to translate the paintings of Austrian Gustav Klimt into jewels to wear.


Dorothy has been immersed in the unique flora that is Western Australia's heritage for as long as she can remember. Erickson grew up on a farm at Bolgart. Her paternal grandfather had a goldmine and her mother was the naturalist, wildflower painter and author Rica Erickson. She studied botany as part of a teaching degree and the 1960s saw her enrolling at the Chelsea Institute in London while researching Australian plants at Kew Gardens and the Natural History Museum, South Kensington.
Her interest in the minutiae of nature has never waned and in reseraching the book, A Joy Forever: The Story of Kings Park, she turned her attention to wildflowers as a subject for her jewellery. following her mother, Rica's death in 2009, many pieces were based on Rica’s paintings.

Few of the jewellery pieces are literal translations, instead they evoke the colour, form or habit of individual species of our precious and endangered floral heritage. Many of the works are kinetic, moving with the body in a joyous twinkling movement of light and dark.

Dorothy Erickson (Phd, UWA 1992) is also a significant researcher, writer and art critic in her own right, with A Joy Forever: The Story of Kings Park (2009), Gold and Silversmithing in Western Australia: A History (2010) and her most recent book Inspired by Light and Land: Designers and Makers in Western Australia 1829-1969 to be published in 2014.
Dorothy Erickson is represented in numerous public and private collections both in Australia and overseas.

View 2014 Solo Exhibition


Bibliography (Selected):

Read Craft Australia Review:Colin Martin: Cinderella Jewellery - From Western Australia to the World  2011
Read Exhibition Article World of Antiques and Art 2011 Issue 81 pages 60-62
Read - Dorothy Erickson, Kinetic jewellery - interacting with light and land, (interview)Kathryn Wells 19 April 2011

Craft Australia Library series: InterviewDorothy Erickson, Kinetic jewellery - interacting with light and land, Kathryn Wells, 19 April 2011
Abstract: Innovative multi-use or multi-placement jewellery that reacts to body movement is the hallmark ofDorothy Erickson, the first Western Australian (WA) born and trained craft jeweller to make it onto the international stage. From 1977-87, Erickson had thirteen solo exhibitions in Australia and Europe. As part of promoting the WA school of jewellery, Erickson formed the WA Jewellers Group and curated a series of national exhibitions. Craft Australia interviews Erickson about her influences, styles and techniques as well as the challenges in sustaining a contemporary independent jewellery practice in 2011.

Bone, Elizabeth. Silversmithing for Jewellery Makers, London: Search Press, 2011.
Moore, Margaret. A Lightness of Touch, Craft Arts International, no. 45, pp. 42-46, 1999
European Jeweller, September, pp. 58-61, 1998
Dorothy Erickson jetset jeweller, Artlink vol 18 no 4, 1999
Anderson, Patricia. Contemporary Jewellery: Australia and New Zealand, Craftsman House,Sydney1998.
Oz Arts 4, 1992
Anderson, Patricia. Contemporary Australian Jewellery — 1977-1987. Sydney: Millenium, 1988.
Lockwood, Ken. Four Goldsmiths, Craft Arts 10, p 103. 1987
Stubbs, Robyn. Jewellery. The Support Yourself Series. Sydney: Fontana/Collins, 1986.
Cartlidge, Barbara. Twentieth Century Jewellery. New York: Abrams, 1985.
Moult, Alan. Craft in Australia.  Sydney: Reed, 1984.
Craftworks by 12 Western Australians. Perth: Art Gallery of W.A., 1982.
Contemporary Australian Jewellery. Sydney: Craft Board of the Australian Council, 1980.
Collections:

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Schmuckmuseum, Pforzheim, Germany; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Curtin University of Technology, Perth; Art Gallery of Western Australia, The South Australian Art Gallery, Queensland Art Gallery, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston, The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney, Methodist Ladies College, Claremont, Perth, The Holmes à Court Collection, Perth, Inge Asenbaum Collection, Vienna, Wendy Ramshaw Collection, London, Alice and Louis Koch Collection, Switzerland
Private Collections:

Australia, U.S.A, United Kingdom, Europe, Singapore, Japan

Solo Exhibitions (Selected):

2014
2012
2012
2009

2006, 05, 04
2006
2005
2004, 01
2004
2004
2003, 1999 78
2003, 1999 78
2002
2001, 1985, 1984 
2001
2000, 1980
2000
1993
1990 
1986 
1985
1984
1984
1983
1983
1981
1980
1979
1977 

Artsite Gallery, Sydney, NSW
Artisan, Queensland
Artisan, Lubljana, Solvenia
Wildflower Collection, Aspects of Kings Park, WA
Jam Factory Design Centre, Adelaide, South Australia.
From the Sea Shore – St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity, Valletta, Malta..
Australian Littoral – Fine Arts Museum, Valetta, Malta
Galerie Atelier Leitner, Vienna, Austria.
Homage to Klimt - Agnesgasse Galerie, Vienna, Austria,
Homage to Klimt - Katherine Kalaf Gallery, Cottesloe, WA,
Makers Mark Gallery , Melbourne, Vic
The Makers Mark Gallery, Sydney, NSW 
Australian Littoral - Smynios Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria,
Galerie Düsseldorf, Perth, Western Australia,
Landschaft - Gaswerk Galerie, Schwabach, Germany.
Beaver Galleries, ACT, Australia, 
Aptos Cruz, Stirling, South Australia.
Pearl Fisher's Gallery, Broome, Western Australia
The Gallery in the Palais, Vienna, Austria.
Contemporary Jewellery Gallery, Sydney, NSW, Australia.
Pilbara Collection- 'L Unique', Adelaide, South Australia.
Gallery 62, Newcastle, NSW, Australia,
Narek Gallery, Tharwa ACT, Australia.
Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney, NSW,
Galerie am Graben, Vienna, Austria.
Bonython Gallery, Adelaide, SA,
Gallery 52, Claremont, WA,
Greenhill Galleries, Adelaide, SA,
Jewellery by Dorothy Erickson - Fine Art Gallery, Perth, WA

Group Exhibitions (Selected):

2013, 12, 11
2011

2011, 05, 04, 00
2006 
2001 
2000 
1997-00
1993, 92
1993
1998-9
1986 
1982
1982-3 
1980-4

Artsite Gallery, Sydney, NSW
Cinderella Stories: WA Contemporary Jewellery, Artsite Gallery, Sydney, NSW,
Beaver Galleries, Canberra, ACT
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor, Artisan, Qld
Lesley Craze Galleries, London, UK
The Crafted Object 1960s-1980s, National Gallery of Australia
Sommerfestival, Galerie Slavik, Vienna, Austria
Metal Element III, Quadrivium Gallery, Sydney
Artistic Australia, touring exhibition, Japan
Chicago International New Art Forms Exposition (CINAF), Chicago, USA
The Second Australian Contemporary Jewellery Biennial, Japan
Australian Jewellery Today, Austria
International Jewellery Art Exhibition, Japan
Schmuck 82 - Tendenzen, Pforzheim, Germany
Skin Sculpture, touring exhibition, New Zealand
Australian Jewellery, Australia, Asia and Europe

Awards:

2005
2001
2000
1998

1997

1994
1991
1988

1987-91
1986 

1982 
1981 
1979 
1977 

Master Craftsman Grant and Travel/Study Grants
Master Craftsman Grant and Travel/Study Grants
Arts WA Publishing Grant
Master Craftsman Grant and Travel/Study Grants
ArtsWA Writing Grant
ArtsWA Research Grant
Arts WA Publishing Grant
Inaugural Powerhouse Prize for Australiana
Research Award, UWA
Margaret and Herbert Horsfall Bursary, Centre for Fine Arts, UWA
Master Craftsman Grant and Travel/Study Grants
Research Award, UWA
City of Perth Craft Award
Purchase Award, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston
Professional Development Grant, Australia Council
Master Craftsman Grant and Travel/Study Grants
Master Craftsman Grant and Travel/Study Grants
Master Crafts_man Grant and Travel/Study Grants

Biographical References (Selected):

 

Anderson, Patricia, Contemporary Australian Jewellery — 1977-1987.  Sydney: Millenium, 1988.
Anderson, Patricia. Contemporary Jewellery: Australia and New Zealand Sydney: Craftsman House,1998.
Bone, Elizabeth.  Silversmithing for Jewellery Makers, London: Search Press, 2011.
Cartlidge, Barbara.  Twentieth Century Jewellery.  New York: Abrams, 1985.
Contemporary Australian Jewellery.   Sydney: Craft Board of the Australian Council, 1980.
Craftworks by 12 Western Australians.  Perth: Art Gallery of W.A., 1982.
Moult, Alan.  Craft in Australia.  Sydney: Reed, 1984.
Stubbs, Robyn.  Jewellery.  The Support Yourself Series.  Sydney: Fontana/Collins, 1986.

Public Collections

 

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Schmuckmuseum, Pforzheim, Germany; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Curtin University of Technology, Perth; Art Gallery of Western Australia, The South Australian Art Gallery, Queensland Art Gallery, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston, The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney, Methodist Ladies College, Claremont, Perth, The Holmes à Court Collection, Perth, Inge Asenbaum Collection, Vienna, Wendy Ramshaw Collection, London, Alice and Louis Koch Collection, Switzerland

Private Collections

 

 

Australia and Internationally.


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