Monday, November 19, 2012

Gorgeous brutalist jewellry

Brutalism is mostly associated with architecture and the use of "beton brut", french for raw concrete. Just as much as brutalist architecture, I adore brutalist sculpture and jewellry. I think it's the abstract, unfamiliar and challenging shapes and textures that makes it so interesting. I always like art that makes me think, the more easily accessible, the less interesting... Have you seen the amazing jewellry og Guy Vidal? The Quebec native (1938 -) studied at L'Ecole des Beaux Arts in Montreal and at the University of Bloomington, Indiana. Initially trained in sculpture and ceramics, he turned to jewellry in the mid- sixties. Alongside many nordic artists, he represents the late modernist movement of brutalism in the 60s and 70s.  Notice how these first pieces resemble miniature fragments of architecture?


Images are coutesy of these three amazing websites, check them out!


  1. I love this jewellery Tove, I don't wear alot (I'm not one of those women that likes to cover herself in jewels - ususally just a bangle) but I would happily wear any of theses pieces. I'm very fond of Brutalist buildings and concrete, so it's no surprise really...

    Have you heard of Iwan Iwanoff? He was a Bulgarian born, West Australian architect (this is where I live) who designed the most amazing Brutalist concrete homes. It's my dream to own one! Here's a link so you can check out some of them:

    What do you think?

  2. I think this jewelry is beautiful. It's so heavy and dramatic!

  3. Wow, thanks for the link- those are beautiful! The cinder block facades reminds me a little bit of Frank Lloyd Weights textile blocks (as seen in La Miniatura and Ennis house). FLW's houses are older and are not brutalist, but have some of the same sculptural qualities.

  4. That's WRIGHT, not Weight...... Sorry about the typo...


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