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Layered Bangle 2003

from In the Gardens of Arqua Petratca series

David Watkins (born 1940, Wolverhampton, England, UK)

Layered Bangle
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Copyright: Copyright The Artist; Image courtesy of Adrian Sasson, London

Throughout David Watkins’ career, his work has been characterised by technical innovation. In the mid 1960s he pioneered the use of laminated acrylic with Wendy Ramshaw and was closely involved in the New Jewellery Movement of the 1970s. He was one of the first jewellers to experiment with CAD, with the first results published in 1974. In the following decade teamed up with Formica Corporation to research Computer Numerical Control (CNC) laser-cutting of plastic laminates. He has taken the rigorous precision of laser cutting to exact and heightened levels in his latest series of work, which encapsulates four decades of aesthetic development and accumulated technical expertise. This bangle is from the In the Gardens of Arqua Petrarca series, inspired by looking up through the leaves of a tree in a garden on an Italian hillside. Watkins has always enjoyed making bangles. He describes them as a natural form of jewellery continuing to link back to our ancient past. Most pieces in this series are made of stainless steel, unpolished and somewhat raw. Watkins has retained his loyalty to the geometric shape of a circle in this piece, but has extended beyond the confines of the diameter with open wire leaves and protruding rectangular forms. The corners are cut (rather than assembled) with an incredible precision and sharpness of line

Acquisition Details

Acquired from Adrian Sasson, 2004
Purchased with funds from the National Collecting Scheme for Scotland which was originated and operated 2003-2006 by the Contemporary Art Society and supported by the National Lottery through the Scottish Arts Council.
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