* Margaret West | Stanley Street Gallery

* Margaret West

Margaret West (1936-2014) was one of Australia’s finest contemporary jewellers. Her restrained yet passionate works in stainless steel, stone and marble are thoughtfully conceived, impeccably crafted. More than that, they share the allusive compression that West explored in her other great passion in later life, writing poetry.

These companion practices were sustained by West’s constant habit of observing the natural world: looking, drawing, taking notes. Whether of flowers in her Blackheath garden, or cold seas off the coast of Norway, her drawings were made to explore what was around her, to contemplate its beautiful gravity. But West also looked unflinchingly at humanity, and our propensity for injustice.

With a practice in jewellery spanning four decades, Margaret West was one of the most respected artists in her field, not only in this country but internationally; she was renowned for the uncompromising probity of her work, noted for her demanding rigour as a teacher, celebrated for her writing about making.

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Exhibitions

Margaret West Drawings and Jewellery 15th August – 8th September 2018

Red to Wear 24th July – 17th Aug 2013

 

 

 

Margaret West CV July 2018 (PDF)