One fine day in June, I took the train north to the picturesque and historic city of York – where I have been showing my work for many a year – to be the featured artist at the beautiful Pyramid Gallery.
Terry, Fi and the team were so welcoming and it was a pleasure and a privilege to meet some of the customers who have been enjoying my work for so long.
From April 8–13, 2019, I was in New York City. I was honoured to have been invited to the prestigious Museum of Arts and Design on Columbus Circle to exhibit at LOOT: MAD About Jewelry, the museum’s annual exhibition and sale of one-of-a-kind contemporary jewellery featuring designs from more than 50 emerging and acclaimed international jewelry artists.
“The Royal Academy’s bestselling jewellery line is by Barbara Rae RA and Gail Klevan”
“The Royal Academy can ask its Academicians — world-class artists who include the likes of Anselm Kiefer and David Hockney — to produce pieces. Its most successful jewellery line has been the collaboration between Barbara Rae RA, known for her vibrant palette, and Gail Klevan, a jeweller who makes painterly acrylic cufflinks, brooches, pendants and bangles.”
Notwithstanding all the difficulties and terrible tragedies of the Covid-19 pandemic it nevertheless brought a few good things such as greatly reduced pollution, urban quiet, wildlife returning to the cities, and opportunities to build relationships with neighbours. For me it also brought opportunities to design new ranges and to revamp my website. I also found time for my other love, furniture and tried my had at some long overdue re-upholstering and I made a mosaic table for the patio.
Over the years I have been hoarding my favourite creations, but now I have squirreled away so many pieces that I have quite run out of space to store them. I have therefore reluctantly decided that I have to part with them. I call them my Reserve Collection, rather like a fine wine, which I am offering for sale exclusively from my website gailklevan.com
I am going to present the work in a series of posts of which this is the first. I will try to describe the history and the thinking behind my work.
Serpentine necklace – 2015
I designed the necklace above for Lesley Craze Gallery’s 30th anniversary. The late Lesley Craze was a key sponsor of up-and-coming contemporary jewellery designers and it was a great privilege to be selected to supply her gallery after I graduated from the Royal College, until the gallery closed shortly before Lesley passed away.
The design is quite bold and striking and this necklace makes quite a statement. It will be noticed and become a conversation piece.
It is made from 30 individually hand-cut acrylic blocks and assembled into a wavy formation that can be worn in different configurations. The graduated purple, blue and gold tint are applied in such a way as to allow the colour of the clothing below to show through as well harmonising the overall effect.
The piece is quite chunky but weighs only 272 grams and is comfortable to wear. The pieces are articulated with transparent elasticated cord which gives it a degree of streachability.
I love art and I am most excited by making interesting yet practical jewellery designs that people enjoy wearing and bring them compliments. I produce a wide variety of jewellery including items that can be used every day, as well as more formal designs for special occasions and items in between. Continue reading Artist’s Statement
Gail took her first degree in Wood, Metal and Ceramics at Manchester Polytechnic in 1981.
She won a full bursary from the Royal College of Art for a Master’s Degree in Silversmithing and Jewellery, and was awarded her M.A. in 1985. Her degree show contained a range of jewellery, fabrics, furniture and lighting, and while at the college she won the 1983 Bakri Award. Continue reading Education