Helen Britton

Australia - Germany, b. 1966

Helen Britton is an Australian artist who lives and works in Munich for over 20 years. After completing her MFA by research at Curtin University in Western Australia, Helen studied under professor Otto Künzli at the Academy of Fine Art, Munich, as part of a post-graduate study project. In 2002 she established her own studio in Munich, and is currently Adjunct Professor at RMIT University, Melbourne.

 

Helen has developed a reputation as one of the world’s most noted contemporary jewellers. Her work is informed by her experience of the vast and layered history reflected in the built environment, as she meticulously constructs pieces using precious metals, glass, stones and occasional collected components. As well, Helen’s work is a meditation on her own history as she engages with artefacts that act as powerful triggers to memory and association.

 

Major insitutional exhibitions of Helen Britton’s work have been presented at Lawrence Wilson Gallery, Perth (Interstices, 2017) and the Neues Museum, Nuremburg (The Things I See, 2013). She was awarded the Förder Preis of the city of Munich in 2013.

 

Helen’s jewellery is found in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of Western Australia, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, The Boston Museum of Fine Art, the Neue Sammlung, Munich and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.

 



Necklace, 2016, silver, paint

More work by Helen Britton

Big Bouquet by Helen Britton Big Bouquet , 2013, rose gold plated silver, plastic components ,
Necklace by Helen Britton Necklace , 2016, silver, paint ,
Rain Cloud Bird by Helen Britton Rain Cloud Bird , 2018, silver, paint, glass ,
Brooch by Helen Britton Brooch , 2011, silver, 18k rose gold plated ,
Brooch by Helen Britton Brooch , 2011, silver, 18k rose gold plated ,
Necklace by Helen Britton Necklace , 2016, silver, paint ,
Black Swan by Helen Britton Black Swan , 2017, sterling silver, paint, mirror ,
Earrings by Helen Britton Earrings , 2017, silver, glass, tiger's eye, onyx, agate, malachite ,
Brooch by Helen Britton Brooch , 2014, silver, paint ,
Awkward Beauty (earrings and ring) by Helen Britton Awkward Beauty (earrings and ring) , 2010, silver, Argyle diamonds ,
Necklace by Helen Britton Necklace , 2016, silver, paint, plastic ,
Snake Knives brooch by Helen Britton Snake Knives brooch , 2014, silver, paint, glass ,
Earrings by Helen Britton Earrings , 2011, silver, garnets ,
Brooches by Helen Britton Brooches , 2013, silver, diamonds, vintage plastics ,
Necklace by Helen Britton Necklace , 2016, silver, paint ,
Brooch  by Helen Britton Brooch , 2011, silver, paint, plastic ,
Rings by Helen Britton Rings , 2014, silver, gold, diamonds ,

Exhibitions

Industrial

November 8 to December 3, 2011

“Steel bridges, steel lines in the snow, construction site grey dust, an assemblage of materials that will be ordered and built back into the cold, greasy grey.”

 

Pairs of Pieces

May 20 to June 14, 2014

“When I’m making my work, although I rarely have a clear idea of the end result, I am in pursuit of a fleeting vision that I chase along until the pieces start to materialize on my worktable.”

Surprising Worlds

2002 Helen Britton and Doris Betz hold their first exhibition at Gallery Funaki. Download PDF