New Zealand , b. 1953
Warwick Freeman’s work has played an elemental part in the cultivation and recognition of New Zealand contemporary jewellery. Through the use of materials collected from his immediate and wider natural environment, Freeman creates work that explores themes of national identity and place. A predominantly self taught craftsman, Freeman was introduced to jewellery making by Peter Woods in Perth, Australia in 1972 and returned to New Zealand to set up his own workshop. In the 1980s he was partner in Auckland’s jewellery cooperative, Fingers. Freeman was part of the seminal Bone Stone Shell exhibition in 1988 and has since gone on to exhibit internationally. His work is in the permanent collections of the NGA Canberra, Museum of Fine Arts Boston and Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, among many others.