Lucy Sarneel

The Netherlands , b.1961

Graduating from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy Amsterdam in 1989, Lucy Sarneel was an accomplished and respected contemporary jewellers who exhibited in major international solo and group exhibitions since 1991. She also worked as a teacher and mentor, delivering lectures and workshops internationally since 2002. Private Territory in Public, a significant retrospective, was exhibited at CODA Museum, Amsterdam, in 2016.

 

Lucy was the recipient of numerous awards and her work is held in major public collections including the Cooper Hewitt Museum (New York), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), the National Gallery of Australia (Canberra), the National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne) and the Victoria & Albert Museum (London).

 

Lucy died in December 2020, in Amsterdam.

 

“My work arises from the field of tension between the inspiring past and the present, and is created by traditions and spiritual, symbolic values. A jewel is a soul mate, a solitary individual with an existence of its own. Jewellery is not for something; it is for and of someone. For some time, I have been working towards the idea of a jewel to be considered as a power-object and patron, as a counterpart to the high-tech, time-efficient, money-ruled world we live in. I consider a jewel as an object with a high concentration of focus and energy: ‘slow art’ in a ‘fast world.’

 

The ‘carrying material’ of my work is zinc and it represents a variety of things: the blue-grey sky and sea; the subconscious, dreaming away in the distance; the reassuring domestic world of rain pipes, buckets and washtubs; architectural ‘jewels’ like the little towers and dormer windows in old European cities; and the protective quality of preventing steel from rusting. Sometimes the materials are autonomous things, like for instance the wooden peanut bowls in the Starry Sky Limousine Drive necklace.” Lucy Sarneel



Juggler's Moment #8, 2017, zinc, wood, tinfoil, glitter paper, acrylic paint, varnish, fabric

More work by Lucy Sarneel

Juggler's Moment #8 by The Estate of Lucy Sarneel Juggler's Moment #8 , 2017, zinc, wood, tinfoil, glitter paper, acrylic paint, varnish, fabric ,
From the cradle to the grave, set of 3 brooches by The Estate of Lucy Sarneel From the cradle to the grave, set of 3 brooches , 2019, zinc, paint, varnish ,
Cradle (From the Cradle to the Grave) by The Estate of Lucy Sarneel Cradle (From the Cradle to the Grave) , 2019, zinc, paint, varnish ,
Home (From the Cradle to the Grave) by The Estate of Lucy Sarneel Home (From the Cradle to the Grave) , 2019, zinc, paint, varnish ,
Grave (From the Cradle to the Grave) by The Estate of Lucy Sarneel Grave (From the Cradle to the Grave) , 2019, zinc, paint, varnish ,
Persona I brooch by The Estate of Lucy Sarneel Persona I brooch , 2012, zinc, acrylic paint, wood ,
Medallion pendant / secret photo frame by The Estate of Lucy Sarneel Medallion pendant / secret photo frame , 2016, zinc, paint, cord ,
Sprout pins by The Estate of Lucy Sarneel Sprout pins , ongoing edition , zinc, silver ,
Two necklaces and wall object by The Estate of Lucy Sarneel Two necklaces and wall object , 2004, zinc, thread, paint, fabric ,
Brooches by The Estate of Lucy Sarneel Brooches , 2013, zinc, paint, silver ,
Lovepower by The Estate of Lucy Sarneel Lovepower , 2010, zinc, nylon cord ,
Jungle Rumours  by The Estate of Lucy Sarneel Jungle Rumours , 2014, bamboo, thread, zinc, silver ,
Joie de Vivre III by The Estate of Lucy Sarneel Joie de Vivre III , 2009, zinc, paint, silver ,
Playtime by The Estate of Lucy Sarneel Playtime , 2014, nylon raffia, zinc, artificial ivory, plastic ,
Belt bunch (pendant/belt object) by The Estate of Lucy Sarneel Belt bunch (pendant/belt object) , 2015, zinc, calebashes (gourds), acrylic paint, varnish, bamboo, polyester ,
Shield by The Estate of Lucy Sarneel Shield , 2014, zinc, plastic foil, acrylic paint, varnish, leather ,
Jewel #15 brooch by The Estate of Lucy Sarneel Jewel #15 brooch , 2018, zinc ,
Feasty beast by The Estate of Lucy Sarneel Feasty beast , 2019, zinc, leather ,
Good vibrations brooch by The Estate of Lucy Sarneel Good vibrations brooch , 2018, zinc, acrylic paint, varnish, plastic ,
Flower brooch by The Estate of Lucy Sarneel Flower brooch , 2019, zinc, paint, varnish ,
Hang on #2 necklace by The Estate of Lucy Sarneel Hang on #2 necklace , 2018, zinc, plastic, nylon thread ,

Exhibitions

2 minds, 4 hands

February 11 to March 8, 2014

Two renowned Dutch jewellers present an exhibition of their recent work. Manon van Kouswijk, who currently lives and works in Melbourne, explores fragmentary forms in porcelain.

20/20

October 6 - 31, 2015

Gallery Funaki celebrates its 20th anniversary with an exhibition by some of our longest-standing artists.

Hang on to a dream

2 September - 5 October, 2019

Hang On To A Dream is an intimate exhibition drawing on the rich inspiration Lucy Sarneel finds in history, play and the small magic of every day.