David Bielander

Switzerland, b. 1968

David Bielander worked as an apprentice goldsmith in Basel and worked for the industrial designer and jewellery maker Georg Spreng before studying under professor Otto Künzli at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich. In 2006 he became the Artistic Assistant to Professor Daniel Kruger at the Academy of Fine Arts Burg Giebichenstein, Halle, Germany and in 2011, an external consultant to the jewellery department at Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. Bielander takes the familiarity of everyday objects and combines them with a witty abstraction to create truly uncanny pieces of wearable art. He has won numerous awards including the Herbert Hoffmann Prize in 2010, the Francoise van den Bosch Award in 2012 and the Swiss Grand Prix Award in 2017. Bielander’s work is held in many public collections including the Fond National des Arts Contemporain, France, the CODA Museum, Apeldoorn, the Neue Sammlung, Munich and the National Gallery of Victoria. Bielander lives and works in Munich where he currently shares a studio with fellow represented artists Yutaka Minegishi and Helen Britton.

 

“I aim to walk that fine line between making something simple enough that one unavoidably recognizes, that simultaneously requires a fair conscious effort to get beyond the obvious, and at the same time to be abstract enough that it allows a shift to happen, that the piece becomes something altogether new when it unpredictably connects with you.”

David Bielander



Paper bag (sugar), 2017, patinated silver

Work for sale

More work by David Bielander

Paper bag (sugar) by David Bielander Paper bag (sugar) , 2017, patinated silver ,
'Wellpappe' bracelets by David Bielander 'Wellpappe' bracelets , 2015, patinated silver, white gold ,
Crown by David Bielander Crown , 2015, 18k gold ,
Corncob by David Bielander Corncob , 2008, brass split pins, silver ,
'Slug' salt cellars by David Bielander 'Slug' salt cellars , 2013, patinated silver, gold plate ,
Hedgehog by David Bielander Hedgehog , 2008, 18k gold ,
Demiurge (self portrait) by David Bielander Demiurge (self portrait) , 2013, type-C print ,
Lips by David Bielander Lips , since , rubber, silver ,
Kraken by David Bielander Kraken , 2012, bronze ,
Hannibal by David Bielander Hannibal , 2013, aluminium ,
Moths by David Bielander Moths , 2013, steel, gold ,
Blackberries by David Bielander Blackberries , 2014, plastic tube, blackened silver ,
Garlic by David Bielander Garlic , 2009, sterling silver ,
Koi by David Bielander Koi , 2013, drawing pins, leather, gold ,
Gentian by David Bielander Gentian , 2011, titanium, gold ,

Exhibitions

Escapade

April 1 to 26, 2014

David Bielander returns to Melbourne for a new exhibition, following on from his career-high exhibition, Demiurge at the Museum of Modern Art, Arnhem.

New Edition

April 23 to May 18, 2013

To launch Gallery Funaki’s new interior, we’re pleased to present New Edition; a curated exhibition that explores the multiple/edition in contemporary jewellery.

Ripsnorter

October 11 to November 5, 2011

“I aim to walk that fine line between making something simple…and at the same time abstract enough that it allows a shift to happen, that the piece becomes something altogether new when it unpredictably connects with you.”