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Julie Blyfield in her studio, 2015, Photographer Grant Hancock

Julie Blyfield

Jewellery, Metal, Wearables, Homeware

Julie Blyfield’s practice spans 30 years, her jewellery and object work inspired by research into botanical specimens, personal and historical silver collections, and the rich diversity of the Australian landscape. She interprets her subject matter predominately in precious silver using the techniques of metal chasing and surface chiselling. 

In 2007 Blyfield was a recipient of the prestigious South Australian Living Artists Award, which celebrated her achievements with a major monograph about her life and work published by Wakefield Press. She was also the Overall Winner of the South Australian Museum Natural History Art Prize, as part of which her work was acquired by the South Australian Museum collection. More recently, a Creative Australia Award presented by Australia Council offered Blyfield the opportunity to create and exhibit Panorama, a significant body of new jewellery and objects for an international touring exhibition at Ruthin Craft Centre, North Wales, the Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh and Bilk Gallery in Canberra in 2017. 

Blyfield’s jewellery and metalwork is held in Australian and international museum collections, including the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, the Musée des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Her work has been shown in international art and design fairs by Galerie Ra at Collect in London, UK and by Charon Kransen Arts at SOFA in Chicago, USA. Throughout her career Blyfield has travelled, lectured and presented workshops in Australia, the United States of America, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. As part of her practice she regularly mentors emerging jewellers, sharing her knowledge, skills and professional experience.


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CV

Solo Exhibitions

2017, Ormolu, Julie Blyfield and Kirsten Coelho, Gallery Funaki, Melbourne, VIC
2016, Rare Collection, Objectspace, Auckland; The National, Christchurch, New Zealand
2015-2016, Panorama, Preview, JamFactory, Adelaide, SA; Ruthin Crafts Centre, Wales; The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2013, second nature, Gallery Funaki, Melbourne, VIC
2013, Twice Loved, Studio 20/17, Sydney, NSW
2011, Julie Blyfield: Contemporary Jewellery & Objects Survey 1990 – 2010, JamFactory, Adelaide, SA
2010, Julie Blyfield, (Feature artist) SOFA Chicago represented by Charon Kransen Arts, Navy Pier, Chicago, Illinois, USA
2010, Julie Blyfield: Contemporary Jewellery & Objects Survey 1990 – 2010, FORM Gallery, Perth, WA
2009, Natural Selection, Gallery Funaki, Melbourne, VIC
2003, Flourish, Gallery Funaki, Melbourne, VIC

Group Exhibitions

2017, Rotterdam Contemporary Art Fair: Ra Now, Represented by Galerie Ra, World Trade Centre, Rotterdam, Holland
2017, Ce Que Les Doigts Pensent (What fingers think about), La Maison du Bijou, Ardeche Le Cheylard, France
2017, Collect, International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects, Rosemarie Jaeger Gallery, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
2017, Sugar Spin: You, Me, Art and Everything / GOMA Turns 10, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, LD
2017, Itami International Jewellery Exhibition, Museum of Arts & Crafts Itami, Hyogo, Japan
2016, 18th Silver Triennial, Gesellschaft Fur Goldschmiedekunst, e.V. Hanau, Germany (Juried entry)
2016, Darkforms, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT
2016, Ra Now, Gallery Ra, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2016, Griffith Regional Jewellery Award 2016, Griffith Regional Art Gallery, NSW (Juried entry)
2015, Contemporary Australian Silver and Metalwork Award, Castlemaine Art Gallery & Historical Museum, Castlemaine, VIC
2015, A Fine Possession: Jewellery and Identity, Powerhouse Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney, NSW
2015, Art Palm Beach, Charon Kransen Arts, Palm Beach Country Convention Centre, Florida, USA
2015, Bodywork: Australian Jewellery 1972-2012, National Gallery of Australia, touring Australia

Collections

Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington, Indiana, USA
Musée des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, France
Aberdeen Art Galleries and Museums, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK
National Museums of Scotland Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Turnov Collection, Czech Republic; National Gallery of Australia, ACT
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, SA
Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, NT
Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth WA
South Australian Museum, Adelaide, SA
Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, University of South Australia, Adelaide, SA
The Arts Centre Melbourne, VIC
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
The Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, NSW
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC
Griffith Regional Art Gallery, Griffith, NSW
Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, Toowoomba, QLD
Geelong Regional Art Gallery, Geelong, VIC
Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory, Darwin, NT

Awards

2015, Australian Design Honours, Australian Design Centre, Sydney, NSW
2011, Overall First Prize, The Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, South Australian Museum, Adelaide, SA
2011, Honorable Mention, CHEONGJU International Craft Biennale 2011, Seoul, Republic of Korea
2007, South Australian Living Artist SALA Monograph Recipient, Arts SA and Wakefield Press, Adelaide, SA
2006, Commendation, City of Hobart Art Prize: Jewellery, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart, TAS
2002, Winner, Open Inquiry Award: City of Perth Craft Award, Craftwest, Perth, WA
1996, Winner, Non Precious Award: 3rd. National Contemporary Jewellery Award, Griffith, NSW
1992, First Prize, JMGA Neckworks, Fremantle Art Centre, Fremantle, WA

Publications

2017, Native Art and Design with Australian Plants, Kate Herd and Jela Ivankovic-Waters, Published by Thames & Hudson Australia Pty Ltd, Melbourne, VIC, pp106-109
2015, Julie Blyfield: Panorama, Dr Elizabeth Goring and Philip Hughes, Published by Ruthin Crafts Centre, Centre for Applied Arts, Wales, UK
2007, Julie Blyfield, Stephanie Radock and Dick Richards, South Australian Living Artist SALA Monograph, Arts SA and Wakefield Press, South Australia

Commissions

2014, Brooch, Macquarie Bank Commission for the Governor of NSW Marie Bashir, Sydney, NSW
2009, Neckpiece, Dame Nellie Melba Commission, Maxwell and Merle Bequest, The Arts Centre Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC
1996-97, Brooch, Emeritus Award, Visual Arts Craft Fund, Sydney, NSW

Residencies

2015, Ruthin Crafts Centre, Wales, UK
2013, Masterclass Making It - Object Design for Jewellers, RMIT Gold & Silver-Smithing, Melbourne, Victoria
2003, Here and There, Aust/UK Exchange Residency, The Pearoom Crafts Centre, Heckington, Lincolnshire, UK
1997, London Studio Residency, Australia Council for the Arts, UK